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Program Description

be key members of the dental health care team. They will train in all aspects of a dental practice. Students will learn to sterilize and disinfect instruments; prepare trays for dental procedures. They will also learn to prepare materials for making impressions and restorations. The program also teaches students how to expose radiographs and process dental x-ray film. They could also learn to perform office duties including scheduling, insurance coding and billing.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Administrative Dental Skills
  • Oral & Dental Anatomy and Health
  • Dental Radiology
  • Infection Control
  • Instrument Identification & Use
  • Lecture & Lab Sessions
  • Dental Procedures
  • Effective Communication
  • Customer Service

Business and Industry Partners

Harris Health System · Memorial Hermann Hospitals

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Health Science Medical Microbiology

Medical Terminology
Health Science (Clinical) 1.0 and Pathophysiology 1.0 Practicum in Health Science

Industry Certifications

  • Qualified Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Certified Dental Assistant

Possible Career Pathways

  • Therapeutic Services
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Health Informatics
  • Support Services
  • Biotechnology Research and Development

Starting Salary

$32,350 - $71,320
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

  • Prairie View A&M University