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Students learn hands-on chair side assisting through lecture and lab experiences in an equipped operatory. Students are required to complete 100 hours of job shadowing outside of class hours. This experience provides valuable employer connections. Students will sit for Radiography Certification and certification for Dental Assisting through the Commission on Dental Assistants (CODA) upon the completion of training.

Additional Enrollment Requirements
  • Complete/Sign Risk Advisory Form
  • Complete/sign Program Enrollment Questionaire
  • Complete background Screening and obtain 1st of three mandatory Hepatitis B vaccinations prior to the first day of class
  • Hepatitis B titer & vaccine if titer shows need
  • Employment options are limited for persons with felonies or other recent criminal charges. Students with felonies or recent criminal charges must contact the Ohio Dental Board regarding potential barriers to radiography and CODA certification.

Instructor: Celeste Russell, CDA

Dental Course

  • Dental Sciences
    Students learn chair-side assisting through classroom instruction and hands-on activities in our equipped lab. Additionally students gain experience and employer connections through completing 100 hours of job shadowing at various dental offices. Radiography certification may be obtained upon successful completion of classroom, clinical and successful skills demonstration. The program helps students prepare for certification through the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants (CODA).

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
    Understand multiple body systems and their function. Gain knowledge of how each body system affects the oral cavity. Learn body planes and appropriate terminology of body directions. Learn morphology including tooth identification and positioning.

  • Infection Control
    Apply proper sterilization, use universal precautions and correct waste management to ensure safety. Chemical inventory control and storage is discussed. OSHA and blood borne pathogen standards are included.

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider
    eaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics. Learn how to perform basic life support (adult/child/infant) and AED in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Dental Radiology
    Understand safety measurements while exposing dental radiographs. Acquire knowledge of equipment use and maintenance. Use hands on tools to expose a full mouth survey. Student receives a dental radiographer’s certification upon successful completion.

  • Instrumentation
    Understand basic setups, procedural steps, and anticipation of next instrument, instrument sterilization, packaging and tray setups. Students gain hands-on experience transferring instruments. Understand moisture control, proper placement, cotton rolls placement, gauze use and air/water syringe use. Identify instruments used during specialty procedures and identify rotary instruments.

  • Dental Assisting Lab
    Students engage in hands-on interactive dental assisting procedures. Demonstration of professionalism is graded weekly. Students must demonstrate skills competencies by performing successfully in lab.

  • Heartsaver© First Aid
    Learn how to recognize and manage illness and injuries within the first few minutes of their occurrence. Students receive a Pass or Fail grade.

August 8, 2018 - May 2, 2019

Hours: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Externship: May 3, 2019 - May 31, 2019

    Class Days: Monday - Thursday

  • Fees(600-hour program)
    *Estimated Fees
    Program Total
    *Estimated fees include books, tools/equipment, lab fees, certification assessments and personal/career counseling services.
    Fees may change before class begins.

    Articulation Agreements
    Franklin University - 4.67 credit hours
    (Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare Management degree)

    North Central State College - in progress


    Contact Director:
    Sonja Pluck

    600 Esley Lane

    Mansfield, OH 44905

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