100 Hour Program | 60 Hour Classroom- include hands on instruction | 40 Hour Clinical Externship (Optional)
Class Dates for Portsmouth Location: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 1 - July 27, 2021, 6-9:30pm
Class Dates for Manchester Location: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept 14 - November 9, 2021, 6-9:30pm
The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2021.
The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting
Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines
Introductory oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment
Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth
The oral cavity and related structures
Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas
Education & Certification Information:
Dental assistants and aides should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
Upon completion of this course students will be prepared to work as an entry level Dental Assistant. Students will need to have worked chairside for a total 3,500 hours before taking the DANB CDA exam. Students will not be able to perform radiology tasks until obtaining the RHS exam and certificate. There are courses to take for Dental Radiology at various institutions.
In many states, DANB-RHS certification is required to work in dental radiography.
In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.
National and state examination fees are not including in program tuition.
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All classroom sessions will be held at either UNH Professional Development & Training sites in Portsmouth or Manchester.
Portsmouth, NH: 231 Corporate Drive
Manchester, NH: 88 Commercial Street
Enrolled students will receive location and parking information in advance of the program via email.
Classroom and lab materials, including textbooks, are included in the cost of program enrollment.
Lou Ann Grant has been employed in the dental field for over 17 years. She pursued French education at Plymouth State College before joining the Navy.
Lou Ann started her career in dentistry with on the job training after working as an LNA in long term care. Lou Ann completed her course work at NHTI before obtaining her Dental Radiology license and CDA through DANB.
Her career includes general dentistry as well as specialty practices in periodontics and oral surgery. Lou Ann was a dental Practice Research Coordinator and participated in the first in office clinical trial studies in the State of NH. This study was crucial in implementing new techniques in treating deep caries.
Currently, Lou Ann is a Dental Office Manager and still maintains her CDA.
She is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, American Association of Dental Office Managers, NH Dental Society, attends the annual Yankee Dental Convention and has attended the Buffalo Niagra Dental convention.