|LSC-Kingwood dental assistants work with patients.|
The dental profession is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine. As such, more skilled and compassionate dental assistants are needed to keep up with the ever-changing field.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Continuing Education (CE) department offers a comprehensive dental assisting program. Pursuing a dental assistant certificate, students are prepared to function competently and safely as a chair side dental assistant. This program focuses on office procedures, communication skills, basic dental anatomy and instrumentation, preparation of examination and treatment areas. Students will also learn operation, maintenance of clinical equipment, infection control, and safety.
“Since many dentists employ two or more dental assistants, employment opportunities in this field are excellent,” said Liz Maloney, coordinator of CE, health occupations and emergency services at LSC-Kingwood.
In addition to assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, other tasks dental assistants may perform include taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment and taking impressions of patients' teeth. The dental assistant takes on significant responsibility as a member of the dental health care team. Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team.
“If prospective students have strong communication skills, enjoy working with their hands and mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for them,” Maloney said. “Dental assisting involves people contact, and with this personal interaction comes the personal satisfaction of knowing you've really helped someone by helping to provide a valuable health service.”
A career as a dental assistant offers many challenges. The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Since dental assistants are in demand, career options include both full-time and part-time positions. To earn the dental assistant certificate at LSC-Kingwood, students must complete 332 hours; 60 of those hours will be scheduled in a dentist’s office for clinical training.
The next dental assisting course begins Aug. 11. For additional information, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/continuing-ed.htm or call 281-312-1660.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.