Tammy Martorana (x615090)
Our Dental Assistant Program introduces students to the dental health team. The basis for the dental curriculum is to give students preparation in health sciences and technology required to be efficient dental assistants. Clinical training with participating community dentists and patients is given to students during their senior year. Student safety is our top priority and is communicated and practiced every day.
Field trips are scheduled to private dental clinics, dental schools, and dental insurance companies. Students have lecturers and industry leaders visit as part of the instructional process, for additional exposure to the dental field and its anticipated career opportunities.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions that require the chair-side skills and administrative knowledge needed to work in a dental facility. Students also have the opportunity to further their education as dental lab technicians, dental equipment repair-persons, hygienists, and dentists.
Within the Massachusetts Department of Education for Vocational Technical Education Frameworks, we reflect on content and learning strategies that include:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
The hands-on learning strategies help to develop the students' ability to be successful in the program. These include but are not limited to:
- Virtual reality (computer simulations)
- Web-based learning
- Skills (used and practiced in externships)
- Interpersonal and communication skills