Dental Assistant2020-07-22T17:06:24+00:00

Dental Assistant

  • Dental Assistant student demonstrates proper brushing
  • Dental Assistant student looks at x-rays
  • Dental Assistant student teaches Head Start kids about what foods is bad for their teeth
  • Dental Assistant student sands down a mouth mold
  • Dental Assistant students high-five each other
  • Dental Assistant student shows Head Start kids what happens at dentist office

Help the world smile. The Dental Assisting program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Students in this program will learn how to perform a wide range of duties important to dental care, including: chairside assisting, first aid, radiology, office and laboratory procedures, and practice management. In addition to classroom work, students receive more than 300 hours of real-world clinical experience at a variety of dental facilities so that when they do graduate, they can feel confident in their ability to do their job, regardless of the position they are in.

Students also participate in service learning opportunities throughout the year, such as volunteering with the Kansas Mission of Mercy program, which provides free dental care to thousands of people annually, and working with local preschool children to teach them to care for their teeth.

This program has several steps required for admission; check the program guide below for details.

You Will Learn

  • Assist in clinical dental procedures.

  • Manipulate dental materials to perform laboratory procedures associated with dental treatments.

  • Apply principles of radiation hygiene and safety, utilizing correct techniques to obtain diagnostic radiographs.

  • Demonstrate concepts of infection control.

  • Gather and record diagnostic, patient, and treatment information.

  • Provide patient education.

  • Assist in medical and dental emergencies.

  • Perform basic dental business office procedures.

  • Maintains confidentiality and professional ethics.

  • Participates and communicates effectively as a healthcare team member.

  • Salina Tech Dental Assistant students are required to take the DANB test in order to fulfill program requirements.

Careers

  • Solo & Group dental practices

  • Specialty Practices

  • Oral & Maxiofacial Surgery Centers

  • Endodontics & Periodontics

  • Prosthodontics

  • Dental Laboratories

  • Hospitals

  • Insurance companies

Information

  • Contact the DEN Enrollment Specialist with any questions, admissions requirements, or to set up program shadowing or tours.

Preston Gapter

785-309-3106

preston.gapter@salinatech.edu

Faculty

Photo Brooke Horner

Brooke Horner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Education from Kansas State University.  Prior to becoming the Dental Program Administrator in 2015, she had worked in the dental field for over 20 years.  She started as a Dental Assistant and progressed to a Dental Hygienist for the last 12 years.

Mrs. Horner is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and serves as President for the Kansas Dental Association (KDAA).  She maintains national certifications as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant.  She is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for dentistry with her students!

brooke.horner@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3125 

Kate Benton graduated from the Dental Assisting Program from Flint Hills Technical College and earned her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting from Salina Tech.  Prior to  joining the Dental Assisting program in 2016 as a Clinical Lab Instructor, she had over 10 years of experience in several successful dental and orthodontic offices.

Mrs. Benton is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and serves as the Vice President for the Kansas Dental Assistant Association (KDAA).  She maintains national certifications as a Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant as well as a certification for Supragingival Scaling approved by the Kansas Dental Board.  She is extremely passionate for her students and her goal is for every student to have a lifelong career in the dental field!

kate.benton@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3126

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