The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This challenging career, demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibilities for many diverse tasks, is attractive to students who are strong in science and want to work with people. It includes a variety of learning experiences that incorporate essential worker traits into the curriculum. The curriculum sequence presents theory first then guided practical applications. Externship and field placements provide practical experience and on-the-job-training in dental offices. These practical experiences are vital in developing a sense of initiative and responsibility and are a required component of the curriculum.
• Professional Orientation
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Microbiology and Pharmacology
• Medical Emergencies
• Dental Practice Management
• Preventive Dentistry
• Dental Materials
• Dental Radiology
• Clincal Seminar
• Guest lectures by dental professionals
• CPR/AED Certification
College Level Opportunities
Every academically eligible student has the opportunity to take a college course at area colleges including Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont. If eligible, the course is offered at no charge or at a significantly reduced fee.
High School Credits Awarded:
• One Mathematics Credit
• One Science Credit
• Five Elective Credits
• Work-based Learning
• School-Work Cooperative Opportunities
Upon successful completion of this program, students earn certification in CPR/AED. They also attain professional endorsement in Vermont for taking dental radiographs. Qualifying graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. Students interested in pursuing a career in a related field may seek employment as a dental assistant or enroll in a course of study to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Some students continue their education and pursue a career in dental hygiene or dentistry.
Over 50 dental offices statewide are internship sites for students in this program. Students become members of the American Dental Assistants Association.
Last updated: Feb 6 at 11:43 am