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Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Chair
Dental assisting classroom
Dental assisting class
DA Graduate

Dental assistants are in great demand.  It is a career with security, variety, prestige and respect – factors you value in the workplace. An aging population keeping their natural teeth and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations create this increased demand for dental services. Job opportunities can be found in private and group practices, clinics within local hospitals, in the armed services, or as an instructor in a dental assistant program. Dental assistants are members of the dental care team who perform a wide variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Under the supervision of a dentist, the dental assistant prepares all instruments, materials and equipment used in dental procedures, takes dental radiographs (x-rays), assists the dentist in all procedures, provides oral care instruction to patients and performs office administration tasks. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, tel. 800.232.6108,

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB, is the nationally recognized premier certification and credentialing agency for dental assistants. The DANB examinations are required or recognized as meeting regulatory requirements in more than thirty states. McCann graduates are eligible to take for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination as administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611-3985, tel. 1-800-FOR-DANB.

Department Faculty

Michelle Racette, CDA, RDH
Program Coordinator
Phone: (413) 663-5383 ext. 183

Lisa Kowal, BA
Adjunct Faculty

Program Information

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