Dental Sciences Program
Students are immersed into clinical experience in both the classroom and through internships available during the senior year. Our modern operatory includes real-world tools and equipment which allow students to conduct mock exams and perform X-rays, preventative and restorative practices, and emergency care.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Science); on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 2 CTE, 1 Science Year Two
- Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit - 8 Credits
- Additional Opportunities through State Technical College
- The DANB's (Dental Assisting National Board) Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills (MBDA)
- Permit to Assist the Administration of and Monitor Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
- CPR Certification
- OSHA Healthcare Certification
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 76% or more 25% or less CTE Year Two 51%-75% 26%-50%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry-grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real-world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Medical records and technology
- Sterilization equipment
- Medical emergency and vital sign assessment equipment
- Evacuation equipment
- Lab equipment
- Restorative/preventative dentistry equipment and instruments
- Various handpieces, cotton pliers, intraoral mirror, and other delicate tools
- Modern Dental Assisting, 12th Ed. - a postsecondary text used in college-level programs
- OSHA training texts
- Google Classroom and Google Slides
- Scrubs of any pattern/color and a lab jacket
- Closed-toe shoes
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry-level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems
Enjoy helping others; Service oriented; the desire to serve the community
Have a basic knowledge of biology and chemistry
Learn new vocabulary and Latin roots; spell correctly
Read and comprehend postsecondary text
Follow and complete multi-step directions
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
Communicate information effectively with peers and instructor
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Able to keep your hand and arm steady while moving or in a stationary position and able to quickly grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects
For a complete list of essential skills, please review the Course Overview Guide.