Dental Careers II (14054-II)

Copyright: 2021

Virginia Assignment Code: 8329

Suggested Grade Level: 12

Duration: 36 weeks

Hours: 280

Credits: 2

Prerequisites: 8328

CTSO: HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Course Description:

Units of study include medical emergencies, coronal polishing, oral pathology, dental radiology, nutrition, schedule IV drugs and pharmacology, and advanced laboratory techniques. In addition to attending classes for part of the week, students have the opportunity to participate in internships at local private dental offices and public health dental facilities, where they observe and/or participate in the delivery of dental care. During the program, students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Inc. (DANB); Radiation Health and Safety (RHS); Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology (AMP); and Infection Control (ICE) exams. Students who pass are qualified to work in entry-level dental assistant I and dental receptionist positions. After 3,500 hours in the field, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a certified dental assistant. Many graduates choose to continue their dental education at community colleges and universities. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Note: Students must provide their own transportation to all work-based learning clinical sites.


The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at


This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to

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