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MCC Dental Assisting Program

Dental Assisting Faculty Kristy Parker assisting an MCC student in the dental lab.

The Marshalltown Community College dental assisting program isn’t new to campus but the face at the front of the classroom is, Kristy Parker. Parker has been with MCC for just over a year and is looking forward to taking the program to the next level.

In Parker’s first year she has developed several hybrid courses so that most of the lecture portion of the courses are virtual. “This allows more time for students to be in the lab learning hands-on procedures, and gaining more experience to be better prepared before entering the externships,” commented Parker.

As well as classroom instruction and labs, students participate in externships as part of the curriculum. “During the externships, students work with patients under the guidance of experienced dental professionals, which typically leads to 100% job placement.”

Before coming to MCC Parker worked as the Program Chair for the Dental Assisting Program at Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo, IN for 12 years.  She has graduated close to 300 students. At ITCC, she modified the curriculum to develop the only Dental Assisting Program in the state of Indiana that graduated students with an Associate of Science degree, along with multiple certifications including Expanded Functions and Coronal Polishing.

MCC’s current Dental Assisting Program is an 11-month diploma that is geared towards preparing students to enter the workforce after the successful competition. Parker would like to develop several other certifications and higher education degree offerings at MCC.

Parker is also looking forward to visiting local dental practices in the community and neighboring communities. “I look forward to building connections with the area dental professionals.”

“As a native Iowan I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the faculty at MCC and the Iowa Valley Community College District,” commented Parker. “I am looking forward to assisting with the ongoing success of the dental assisting program.”

“My intentions for the Dental Assisting Program are to continue to enhance the program and provide quality education for the students and prepare them for success in dental offices. I will continue to steer the department in a positive direction maintaining what makes the program successful and initiating change to ensure the program grows in the direction to meet the vision and goals of MCC.”

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