Dental Careers

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Dental Assisting is a hands-on program. You will learn techniques and skills in the classroom and practice them in the dental lab. You will also gain experience in local dental offices. To be prepared, focus on doing well in all academic courses. Admission into dental programs is very competitive. To increase your chances, work toward Academic and Technical Honors Diplomas.

Course Instructor: Christina Steigerwalt

A Typical Student in Dental Careers:

The typical student is one that enjoys hands-on learning and has solid academic skills to be successful. There is a significant emphasis on anatomy & physiology and medical terminology. Successful students have the patience and attention to detail to learn the fundamentals during their first year and apply their knowledge in the dental lab. Students are able to work on projects independently or work in teams with other students. Expended lab time in dental offices is part of the program, especially for second-year students. Students must be responsible and dependable when working with local professionals. Good communication skills and customer service are essential to success in the program. Entry into college dental programs is extremely selective. Students must be prepared to compete with others on GPA in pre-requisite courses, academic preparation, and college placement test scores.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students have gone on to attend Ivy Tech, IUPUI, IU East, University of Indianapolis, and Ball State
  • Some students are employed directly out of high school as dental assistants

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  • Dental Careers I

    Dental Careers I

    This career program provides students with opportunities to learn skills needed when assisting dentists with chair-side procedures and daily office responsibilities. Areas of instruction include tooth identification and terminology, disinfection/sterilization, oral health, dental materials, instrumentation, office records, digital x-rays, radiation safety, hygiene, office management software, and OSHA guidelines. Students gain practical experience through job shadowing at local dental offices. Students may participate in the second year program to receive advanced training in extended dental assisting and additional experience in private practices. Students completing this program may pursue 2 and 4-year postsecondary degrees related to the dental field or may become employed in dentist offices or dental labs.

    Dual College Credits:

    IVYT 101 First Year Seminar - Ivy Tech 1 credits - Testing is not required.

    Industry Certifications:

    CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Culinary Arts career program, college, and a career in the culinary industry. These courses are not required but are recommended if available. The following courses will help prepare students for the Dental Careers program, further training, and a career in the dental industry. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Advanced or AP Chemistry
    • Advanced or AP Biology 
    • Computer Applications
    • Nutrition and Wellness

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and medical ethics
    • Understand dental tools and equipment
    • Learn chair side procedures and office responsibilities
    • Participate in clinical rotations at local dental offices
    • Earn dual credit

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $150.00 Covers: Uniforms, Personal Equipment, and CPR Certification.
  • Dental Careers II

    Dental Careers II

    This career program provides students with opportunities to learn skills needed when assisting dentists with chair-side procedures and daily office responsibilities.   Areas of instruction include tooth identification and terminology, disinfection/sterilization, oral health, dental materials, instrumentation, office records, digital x-rays, radiation safety, hygiene, office management software, and OSHA guidelines.  During clinical experiences students work in local dental offices for 4-6 weeks.  Students may participate in the second year program to receive advanced training in extended dental assisting and additional experience in private practices.  Students completing this program may pursue 2 and 4-year postsecondary degrees related to the dental field or may become employed in dentist offices or dental labs.

    Industry Certifications:

    Indiana Radiology Provisional License - Testing is required and fees apply.

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and medical ethics
    • Understand dental tools and equipment
    • Learn chair side procedures and office responsibilities
    • Participate in clinical rotations at local dental offices
    • Earn dual credit and provisional radiology licensure

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: Dental Careers I
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $150.00 Covers: Uniforms and Licensure.