Dental Careers Class Information

Length of Course

1 Year

Sessions Offered

Morning: 8:00 - 10:00 or 8:00 - 10:45 (depending on the high school)
Afternoon 12:00 - 2:00 or 12:00 - 2:45 (depending on the high school)

Main Areas of Focus

Medical/Dental Terminology
Dental Hygiene and Prevention
Business Office Skills
Sterilization/Disease Prevention
Dental Radiology
Dental Laboratory Procedures 
Oral Anatomy
Identification of Teeth/Surrounding Tissue
Charting of Teeth
Chairside Dental Procedures
Employment
Life Management Skills 

State of Michigan Curriculum Segments

Academic Foundations (Anatomy & Physiology) and med math
Medical Terminology (Anatomy & Physiology)
Communications
Teamwork
Safety
Systems
Legal (Charting) and Ethical
Technical Skills (CPR)
Health Maintenance
Employability
Information Technology
Work Based Learning

Unique to Dental Careers

Twice a week, beginning in January, students are required to wear a uniform. A professional appearance is important. Reliable transportation is required for work experience. All immunizations must be updated and a background check will be required at the beginning of the school year.

Certifications

  • X-ray Certification (for those 18 )
  • CPR
  • First Aid

High School Credit

Credit is earned at the local high schools when the course is completed. Students may be eligible to earn 4th year math-related credit, 3rd year science credit, VPAA credit, and credit for an online learning experience. Check with your counselor for the number of credits your high school offers for this class.

Student Leadership

Dental Careers students have the opportunity for leadership, competition, and community service through membership in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).