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UK to launch six-month Dental Assistant Program

Students will work with dental students, clinical faculty and staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 22, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry will launch a six-month Dental Assistant Program this fall. The UKCD Dental Assisting Program consists of lecture courses, pre-clinical courses and clinical experiences in multiple UKCD clinics. Students will train with experienced UKCD professors and staff who also train current UKCD dental students.

Program participants will benefit from hands-on experience as approximately 70 percent of students’ time will be spent in the dental clinic assisting with procedures, working side by side UKCD dental students, clinical faculty and staff. While serving a large patient pool with a variety of needs across multiple areas of dentistry students will also get exposure to a variety of dental specialty areas. Additionally, they will gain familiarity with auxiliary dental services such as radiology, sterilization and dental labs. Program extras include certification in basic life support such as CPR, coronal polishing and radiation safety.

A minimum of high school diploma or GED is required for acceptance to the program. Start dates are Sept. 15 and Feb. 15, 2017.