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SMILE! It’s Dental Assisting Recognition Week

Dental Assisting Week

MCC Dental Assisting students shown L-R (front): Victoria Melgoza, Jade Yoemans, Savannah Zahnd, Morgan Hessenius, Emily Guymer. Back: Brooke Borton, Crystal Regelado, Samantha Baccam, Lourdes Ortiz.

The Dental Assisting profession continues to diversify and expand. Whether working chairside with the dentist, taking X-rays, managing the business office, educating patients, teaching, or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dental practice.

March 7-12, the Marshalltown Community College Dental Assisting Program joins the American Dental Assistants Association to give tribute to the commitment and dedication of all dental assistants throughout the nation.

“This is a time for dental assistants to receive greater recognition for their own unique and diverse contributions to the dental profession and the dental health care of the public,” Elaine Peterson, Coordinator of the MCC Dental Assisting Program. “This year’s theme ‘Dental Assistants: Our mission is to serve, our passion is to care’ exemplifies the heart of our graduates and current dental assisting students and staff.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, there are over 310,000 Dental Assistants across the nation. Employment for a dental assistant is expected to grow 24.5 percent from 2016 through 2022. This is 13.7 percent more than the average for all occupations.

“As you can see, there is an intense need for formally trained dental assistants,” adds Peterson. “Our 10-month program offers the curriculum and experience necessary for diploma graduates to become nationally certified (DANB CDA) and Iowa Registered (IA RDA). The program is currently accepting applications for fall 2016 enrollment. For further information, please contact the MCC Admissions office or Peterson at 641-641-5794.

All of MCC’s current full-time students are members of the American Dental Assistants Association, which has been the recognized voice of dental assisting for over 80 years. The professional association remains committed to promoting quality dental health care to the public and enhancing the public image and stature of the dental assisting profession. The ADAA is the oldest, largest group representing professional dental assistants and has sponsored this recognition week for the past 39 years.

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