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: A Dental Assistant is a valuable member of the dental care team, who greatly increases the efficiency of both general and specialty dentists in the delivery of quality oral health care. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, becoming a dental assistant may be for you. 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. This is a technical degree program.
Dental Hygiene: Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases that affect the teeth and gums. A dental hygienist also provides oral health education as it relates to a patient's total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities, and must take a written 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. This is an associate degree program.
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.
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.
- Variety: A career as a Dental assistant is challenging and rewarding. It demands versatility and a willingness to assume responsibility for many different tasks.
- Flexibility: Career options include both full-time and part-time positions in a variety of employment settings.
- Employment security: Dental assistants are in high demand benefiting our graduates with high employment placement.
- Excellent working conditions: Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people-oriented environments in which to work.
- Personal satisfaction: Dental assistants have personal interaction with many people giving them the personal satisfaction of knowing they really helped someone by providing a valuable health service.
- Personal satisfaction: One of the most enjoyable aspects of a career in dental hygiene is working with people. Personal fulfillment comes from providing a valuable health care service while establishing trusting relationships with patients.
- Prestige: As a result of their education and clinical training in a highly skilled discipline, dental hygienists are respected as valued members of the oral health care team.
- Variety: Dental hygienists use a variety of interpersonal and clinical skills to meet the oral health needs of many different patients each day. Hygienists have opportunities to help special population groups such as children, the elderly and the disabled. They may also provide oral health instruction in primary and secondary schools.
- Creativity: Because dental hygienists interact with such diverse population groups, they must be creative in their approach to patient management and oral health education.
- Flexibility: The flexibility offered by full and part-time employment options along with availability of evening and weekend hours enable dental hygienists to balance their career and lifestyle needs. Hygienists also have opportunities to work in a wide variety of settings including private dental practices, educational and community institutions, research teams and dental corporations.
- Security: The services that dental hygienists provide are needed and valued by a large percentage of the population. There is currently a great demand for dental hygienists. Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the future. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, the expanding older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. With the emphasis on preventive care, dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.
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