Dental assisting program taking applications

Sep 5, 2017

Oct. 13 is the deadline to apply for Ashland Community and Technical College’s spring semester dental assisting program.

The dental assisting program prepares students to provide services such as assisting the dentist with operative and surgical procedures, manipulation of dental materials, taking radiographs, providing oral health instructions and performing office management tasks. Upon completion of the 12-month program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Dental Assisting. Graduates will also be certified in radiation health and safety, coronal polishing and expanded duties (lab competency).

Barbara Hughes-Nelson, program coordinator, said the program allows students to build a foundation should they decide to continue with their education in the dental field.

“In the dental profession today, we are experiencing a vast array of equipment and technological advancements that will require prospective dental assistants to become proficient to excel in their profession,” Nelson said. “ACTC will offer an integrated dental assisting program to prospective students and we will provide them confidence in their ability to walk out of a classroom and into a profession that allows them to be able to provide a stable income for themselves and their families.”

This is a selective admissions program, and prospective students will need to submit both an ACTC application and a dental assisting program application. Admission requirements include COMPASS/ACT scores, GPA, prerequisite courses and CPR certification. Other requirements are listed online, along with applications, at ashland.kctcs.edu under Academics, Programs of Study.

For more information, contact Nelson at 606-326-6025 or bnelson0088@kctcs.edu.