Dental Careers II (8329/36 weeks, 280 hours) Course Description
|Duration:||36 weeks, 280 hours|
|Suggested Grade Levels:||12|
|Prerequisites:||Dental Careers I (8328/36 weeks, 280 hours)|
Units of study include medical emergencies, coronal polishing, oral pathology, dental roentgenology, nutrition, schedule IV drugs and pharmacology, and advanced laboratory techniques. In addition to attending classes for part of the week, students have the opportunity to participate in internships at local private dental offices and public health dental facilities, where they participate in all phases of dental care delivery. During the program, students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Inc. (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety; Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology; and Infection Control (ICE) exams. Students who pass are qualified to work in entry-level dental assistant I and dental receptionist positions. After two years in the field full-time, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Many graduates choose to continue their dental education at community colleges and universities.
NOTE: This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.
Career Clusters and Pathways
For federal reporting (choose one)
- Health Science
- Diagnostics Services
- Support Services
- Therapeutic Services
Upon completion of the course
- Certified Dental Assistant and National Entry Level Dental Assistant: Infection Control (ICE) Examination
- Certified Dental Assistant and National Entry Level Dental Assistant: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Examination
- College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+)
- Dental Assisting Assessment
- National Career Readiness Certificate Assessment
- National Entry Level Dental Assistant: Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Examination
- Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant (NRCDA) Examination
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination
A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.
Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.