Career and Technical Center

Dental Occupations
Health Science Technology Path
Fall Start Preferred/Full Year
Program Description
The Dental Occupations program is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in the dental field. Employment opportunities exist for dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental lab technicians, dental receptionists, and dentists.
Included in this program is classroom instruction, chair-side procedures, laboratory skills, job shadow experience, service projects, and the opportunity to participate in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a student organization. Visits to dental conventions and professional speakers will also be part of the curriculum.
Career-Related Skills
  • Dental terminology
  • Model trimmer use
  • Dental model creation
  •  Acrylic custom tray creation
  • Dental instrument identification
  • Dental handpiece assemblage
  • Treatment area maintenance
  • Oral cavity anatomy identification
  • Permanent teeth identification
  • Proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • CPR certification
  • Dental lathe use
  • Personal Oral Hygiene Instruction
Career Outlook
The employment outlook in the dental field is excellent. Potential careers include:
  • Entry-level dental office position
  • Dental receptionist
  • Certified and registered dental assistant
  • Orthodontic dental assistant
  • Oral surgery dental assistant
  • Periodontic dental assistant
  • Restorative dental assistant
  • Dental lab technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Dental sales
College credit may be earned in some programs with an A or B grade in a program course and enrollment in a partnering college. For registration information, contact your high school counselor.

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