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Dental assistant program sees new milestone

College of the Rockies 30th Dental Assistant program graduating class looks forward to starting their careers. - Photo submitted
College of the Rockies 30th Dental Assistant program graduating class looks forward to starting their careers.
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College of the Rockies’ Certified Dental Assistant program is marking a new milestone as students graduate from the program for the 30th year.

The Certified Dental Assistant program, first offered in 1983, has evolved over the past 30 years to match innovations in dental practice.  The program provides access to a modern clinic with a digital radiography computer, a panoramic x-ray machine, a sterilization area and more, all which help prepare students for a real-life work environment.

The spring dental clinic, which sees 400 patients from the community, ensures students receive an abundance of practical experience – more than they could hope to receive at a larger institution.  Many of the patients seen in the spring clinic are long-term repeat customers who have access to screenings and cleanings at a greatly reduced cost.

“We are so proud to be graduating our 30th class from the Dental Assistant program,” says program coordinator Deni Marsh.  “Seeing our students succeed in their studies and in their careers is a thrill for all of us.”

Graduates of the College’s Dental Assistant program are in high demand.  As students are placed for practicums in locations where there is a potential for employment, the program has seen a very high employment rate for those who complete the program.

Learn more about College of the Rockies’ Certified Dental Assistant program at: cotr.ca/dentalassist

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