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Dental Assistant Program

Contact:


Patti Harris, CDA, BS

Program Director
(620) 232-5820 ext. 107

pattih@labette.edu

 

                                                            

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant's primary duties are to assist the dentist with varied oral health care procedures. The career entails extensive knowledge of dental procedures and practices, four-handed dentistry, dental terminology, dental technology, general office duties, patient intake, x-ray safety and performance, laboratory duties, teamwork, and above all assisting dentists with improving patient oral health. 

It is an engaging career where one day will never be the same as the next.  Becoming a dental assistant may also serve as a jumping-off point for other dental careers, such as becoming a dental hygienist.

About the Dental Assisting Career:

There is significant job potential for dental assistants.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of dental assistants is expected to increase by 31% through 2020.  The Kansas Department of Labor estimates jobs in Kansas will grow by 26.4% (714 additional) through 2016 and jobs in Southeast Kansas will grow by 44.2% (61 additional).

Estimated Starting Wages

Estimated Starting Wages

Date

Entry Level

Median

Experienced

U.S. Department of Labor

May 2010

$27,400

$33,470

 $47,090

KS Department of Labor

2010

$23,360

$31,400

$36,640

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos163.htm) and the Kansas Department of Labor Information Center (https://klic.dol.ks.gov/)

Accreditation:

The LCC Dental Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission's web address is:  http://www.ada.org/100.aspx

Program Location and Facilities:

This program is located at the LCC Cherokee Center and uses state-of-the-art dental facilities and equipment at the Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas located in Pittsburg, KS.  For more information on these sites please refer to the hyperlinks below:

LCC Cherokee Center

Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas - Pittsburg Dental Clinic

Labette Community College   200 S. 14th Street    Parsons, KS 67357
1-620-421-6700 or 1-888-Labette

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