Health Occupations/Dental Assisting

Health Occupations Instructor: Araxie DeBlois

Health Occupations Instructor: Kristina Martin

Dental Assisting Instructor: Jeannine Carreiro

Health Occupations

Health Occupations is a new program designed to expose students to various allied healthcare career pathways.  This introductory course will provide students with skills and medical knowledge common among many allied healthcare professions. In the first course, students will study specific allied healthcare professions, medical terminology, legal and ethical issues, and body systems. The practical component will allow students to practice basic nursing skills, focusing on vital signs, ambulation, bed making, infection control, and introduction to patient care. CPR and First Aid training will culminate with certification for each skill.

Dental Assisting

In the Dental Assisting program, the students will learn how to take vital signs, infection control procedures, dental instruments, restorative procedures, suction placement, and laboratory procedures. The role of the dental assistant extends even further to include: preparing the treatment rooms, instrument tray set up, preparing the patients for treatment, reviewing the patient’s medical history, assisting during anesthetic procedures, providing patients help with their oral hygiene skills, exposing dental radiographs, taking dental impressions, instrument sterilization, recording patient notes and office administration roles such as scheduling appointments and coordinating treatment for the patients.