• Practice Dentoforms
    Practice Dentoforms

    Dentoforms are used to train students by simulating conditions they will encounter in practice.

  • Mirror & Periodontal Probe
    Mirror & Periodontal Probe

    Students use a Mirror and Periodontal Probe for disease assessment.

  • Infection Control
    Infection Control

    Students learn to use Dental Dam to reduce contamination during procedures.

  • Instruments

    DATC Students learn Instruments in order to effectively assist the Dentist when chairside assisting.

  • Radiographs

    Students learn to take Radiographs that are consistent in order to help the Dentist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • CPR

    As part of the DATC Dental Assistant I Program, Students become American Red Cross Certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

  • Dental Office Operatory
    Dental Office Operatory

    Students learn about the Dental Operatory Set-up, Infection Control using Barriers and about the Dental Unit.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    As part of the OSHA and Infection Control, Students learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for them and for the patient.  Using barriers and wearing the proper protective items keeps everyone safe.

  • Impressions

    Students learn how to make good first impressions, In and Out of the operatory.

  • Curing Light
    Curing Light

    DATC Students learn how to use and what procedures require Curing Lights.

  • Dental Specialities
    Dental Specialities

    DATC Students learn from local area dental specialists.

DATC Session 15 Week 3: Lessons Learned from a Session 2 Graduate

This week, the DATC Program was delighted to welcome back a graduate from Session 2.

At this point, Taylor has had the opportunity to assist different dentists in a variety of dental offices, and has a lot of experiences to share with our students. Our goal is to share knowledge so that our students can be prepared for what they will face as they move on after graduation - and there's nothing like learning from someone, who at one point, sat where they're sitting now.



6 Bits of Wisdom from a Session 2 Graduate

1. Take your training seriously. Learn everything you can - and study hard. When you're out and starting the first day of at your new job as a dental assistant, you're going to really realize how important it is to know what you're doing.

You need to be ready to respond to the dentist - especially with instruments. You don't want to be fumbling around, stressed and panicked because you don't remember which instrument to hand over. You may be out of eyesight of the patient, but they can still hear - and feel - if you're stressed.

2. Make an effort to prepare for the day. To the best of your ability, know what your day is going to look like. Be on time. Actually, be early! Review your schedule, your patient line-up, their history. Anticipate their needs.

Being on top of your game makes for smoother days - for you, for your dentist, for the office - and MOST IMPORTANTLY - for your patient!

3. Don't let your emotions get the best of you. There is a lot that happens each day in a dental office, and there are a lot of personalities to work with. Go into each day, into every situation with an "I can do this!" attitude. Your confidence is contagious. It will positively affect the dentist, your colleagues, and your patients.

Even if something gets you off track or rubs you the wrong way, find a strategy that will help you release the pressure without being a negative influence on those around you.

4. Take initiative. All the time, but especially when you're shadowing during clinical rotations. Realize: it is your opportunity to learn and make a good impression. Don't expect the dental staff to lead you around or ask you questions. You need to be the one to ask questions and show initiative."Can I help with this?"

"Can I grab that for you?"

As an opportunity to learn, take advantage of shadowing at different dental offices. Make notes. Highlight how each office is different. You can learn how different dental specialties require different tasks - or additional tasks - of their assistants. And you may love one in particular! But you'll never know if you don't take the chance. Make the most of this time!

5. Understand that your actions affect others. You are a vital player in a patient's experience during a dental visit. Don't make assumptions. Ask questions. Be patient with your patient. Make them comfortable - even if it takes a little extra time. Be kind. You can't assume their pain level.

6. Take the opportunity to volunteer. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer your dental skills in the local community. Take them. It makes a difference in the lives of others. You may miss a day cleaning your house or shopping, but it's a great opportunity to continue learning and to forge important relationships with dentists who have a philosophy of giving back. It's also a great thing to add to your resume and LinkedIn Profile.

Your skills as a dental assistant can provide a positive difference in the lives of others. Remember that - and use them for good as often as you can!


We appreciate Taylor coming back to talk with Session 15 students. We've got 9 weeks left, and there's still so much to learn. Having the opportunity to learn "lessons learned" from someone who has already lived through the DATC training program and is making a positive difference in her dental office and in her patients lives is important. Her experiences and her bits of wisdom will stay with them and raise their awareness as they continue to gain knowledge.

If we want our students to understand anything it's that we're here to help them succeed.


Have you been thinking about joining the dental industry? Want to learn more? Session 16 (Feb - May 2017) is coming up! Give us a call at 336-223-6080 to get the details you need. If you're ready to apply now, click here and review the application requirements.



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