• Dental Careers Program

     

    Course Description (Under Covid-19 High Restrictions) 

     

    The dental assistant is a valuable member of the dental health team who performs many essential duties in the dental office. These duties may include preparing the patient for treatment, assisting the dentist in all procedures, recording of vital signs, processing and mounting radiographs, sterilizing instruments, dental terminology and basic laboratory procedures. Students learn the theoretical aspect of dentistry including dental anatomy, dental procedures, instrument sterilization, and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on effective communication and working collaboratively with dental office members including dentists,hygienists, front office staff, patients, and the general public. Currently under Covid-19 high restrictions and until further notice, all instruction is held virtually. 

     

    Course Goal:

     

    Instruction is geared to chairside assisting, providing patient care, and related duties with minimal training in front office skills which prepares students to successfully obtain employment in a dental office. Students will earn a Covid-19 Dental Course Certificate of Completion. Students will be eligible to obtain additional certifications once Covid restrictions are lifted.  

     

     

    Schedule: 

    Fall Semester: August 4, 2021-December 17, 2021

    Spring Semester: January 10, 2022-May 26, 2022

     

    Class virtual meeting Time: Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00 pm 



    Course Enrollment Fee

    $1,200.00 Semester 1 

    $1,200.00 Semester 2   =$2,400 total

    Fees includes textbook. 

     

    We collaborate with federal agencies to support student with financial needs.

     

    Staff Contacts: 

     

    Estella Gutierrez

    Assistant Director 

    (831) 753-4209 x1201

    estella.gutierrez@salinasuhsd.org 



    Leslie Ochinang 

    Dental Careers Instructor 

    (831) 753-4209 x 1220

    leslie.ochinang@salinasuhsd.org 



    Maria Esquivel Sanchez

    (831) 753-4201 ext. 1231

    m.esquivelsanchez@salinasuhsd.org

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