This program is designed for Juniors and Seniors with an interest in dental healthcare. The program offers students the opportunity to explore the dental health profession by providing hands-on experience and classroom instruction. Students will learn skills in chairside assisting, infection control, front office procedures, instrument identification, radiology safety, and laboratory procedures. Students will have the opportunity to become CPR certified and receive the dental radiology course certificate approved by the Utah Dental Advisory Board.
Students practice skills on each other. Students must have the Hepatitis B Vaccination Series and a current TB Test. A 90 hour clinical experience in a working dental office must be completed with a satisfactory evaluation from the dentist and their staff. The student is responsible for finding a dental office to complete the 90 hour clinical experience. Students must receive a classroom grade of 75% in order to receive credit for participation in the clinical experience. Students must demonstrate consistent attendance and punctuality, with no more than 4 absences and 5 tardies per quarter.
About the Teachers:
Sue was born and raised in Salt Lake and graduated from Skyline High School. She attended BYU for two years. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for a very long time and has 2 children.
Sue had two work related goals growing up. One was to work in the dental healthcare field, like her father who was a dentist, and the other was to be a school teacher, like her grandmother. She has now accomplished both. Sue worked as a dental assistant for over thirty-five years and has been teaching dental assisting to students at the Jordan Applied Technology Center for 10 years.
Sue loves the association with the students and is excited to help them learn to love the dental healthcare field as much as she does. There is something new each day! It is also an exciting way to meet new people and make new friends.
The technical skills of suctioning, fluoridation, coronal polishing, impressions, and pouring up models are some of the skills that are learned in her class. She also hopes to teach each student how important they are as an individual and what contributions they can make to their patients each day, and to society in general.
Sue received the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award. She also won a Bar-B-Que two years in a row at Macey’s grocery store.