At FVTC we have two career paths in Dental Education. The descriptions below are designed to help you choose which one is right for you!
Dental Assistant (Technical Diploma): Upon graduation from our accredited program, students are eligible to take the Dental Assistant National Board Examination. In addition to assisting a dentist, dental assistants may also work as a dental receptionist, business manager, at insurance companies, dental laboratories, dental supply companies and as educators.
Dental Hygiene (Associate Degree): Upon graduation from our accredited dental hygiene education program, students are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and a clinical examination before they are licensed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators.
Skills Needed to Perform as a Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist
Both dental professions require certain skills in order to be successful. The Functional Abilities is a list of tasks that a person needs to be able to be employed as either a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist. While employed as a dental professional there is a risk of exposure to hazardous materials, ionizing radiation, bloodborne and infectious diseases.
Accreditation by the American Dental Association
Both the Dental Assistant and the Dental Hygiene programs have been granted accredited status with the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Third Party Comments Policy: The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures now require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comments. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies.
What this means for you? As
a graduate of FVTC Dental Programs, your diplomas will be recognized in
all 50 states. This accredited status allows you to sit for national
exams. The Dental Hygiene graduate is able to apply for licensure. Your time with us will serve your
educational requirements no matter where life takes you.
To learn more about the programs, click on blue highlighted words above.