Dental Assisting

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No trip to the dentist office would be the same without a highly trained dental assisting staff. As a Dental Assisting student, you will learn to work chair-side with the dentist in the care and treatment of patients. Along with the basic dental laboratory procedures, you will learn dental terminology, the use of instruments and equipment, x-ray procedures, preparation of dental materials, and dental office management skills.

The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, and want a career with responsibility, you will find the Dental Assisting program to be a rewarding experience.

Upon completion of this program, you are eligible to take the Certified Ohio Dental Assisting Exam to hold the title of CODA (Certified Ohio Dental Assistant), to become Dental Radiology Certified and receive your CPR certification.


High School Credit Junior Year
Dental Assisting: 2.5, Technology: .5, Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit
Cuyahoga Community College

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Course of Study/Syllabus

Sample Assignments

Additional Information

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 246.00

Senior: $ 186.00

Dental Assisting 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Dr. Jeffrey Castel, Jeffrey S. Castel, DDS, LLC
Mr. Ken Hawkinson, Patterson Dental
Dr. Mark Iacobelli, Mark Iacobelli DDS, Inc.
Dr. Edward Jimenez, Edward Jimenez, DDS
Dr. Linda Kerata, Linda Kerata, DDS
Ms. Amanda Preputnik, Dental Staffing Services
Ms. Jeanne Ullrich, Mark A. Iacabelli

Dental - Pickwick

Teacher: Rachelle Pickwick

BS in Education, Kent State University
Certifications: CDA, CODA
Years at Polaris: 14
Industry Experience: 23 years in the dental industry


  • Instrument transfer
  • Oral evacuation and retraction
  • Sterilization
  • Infection control
  • Tray setups and procedures
  • How to expose, process and mount x-rays
  • How to use dental computer software
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Dental anatomy
  • Use Dental materials
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Patient tooth charting
  • Patient education
  • Chair-side assisting
  • Dental office management skills
  • Take Digital x-ray images
  • Use Intra-oral camera
  • Dental Specialties
  • Employability skills


  • Autoclave
  • X-ray machine
  • Digital x-ray Equipment
  • Model trimmer
  • Dental hand-pieces
  • Dental unit
  • Vacuum former
  • Vacuum system
  • Curing unit
  • Ultrasonic cleaner
  • Automatic processor
  • Amalgamator
  • Intraoral camera
  • Dental x-ray processor
  • Air compressor
  • Computers
  • ProCart II

Career Options

(as a Certified Dental Assistant)

  • General Chairside Assistant
  • Endodontic Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant
  • Pedodontic Assistant
  • Periodontic Assistant
  • Oral Surgery Assistant
  • Prosthodontic Assistant
  • Hygiene Assistant
  • Hospital Dental Clinic Assistant
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Circulatory Assistant
  • Sterilization Assistant
  • Insurance Manager
  • Business Office Manager/Receptionist

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)
  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery – Dentist
  • Dental Equipment Repair Technician