The Dental Assisting program at MPCC is supported by state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and individualized instruction that offers students the real world, hands-on training necessary to become highly-skilled experts in assisting dentists. The end result is a skill that will last a lifetime.
This is an 11-month program with a course of study leading to a diploma. The focus of the program is preparing students to work with the dentist at chairside during examination and treatment of patients.
Dental assisting graduates are also certified to perform Coronal Polishing and Dental Radiography (dental x-rays) in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, they are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
NPCC’s Dental Assisting program is nationally accredited through the American Dental Association by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted by mail, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or phone, (312)440-4653 or (800) 621-8099.
What's New in Dental Assisting
NPCC offers fast track to dental assisting
North Platte Community College is now offering a faster way for people to embark on a career in dental assisting.
Those with qualifying college placement exam scores will no longer have to interview for NPCC's Dental Assisting Program. The timing couldn't be better, considering what's coming down the pipeline.
Mission of Mercy provides eye-opening experience
It was humbling, rewarding and sometimes a bit overwhelming – all rolled into one.
That's how Mika Hackney and Lindsay Swartz, dental assisting students at North Platte Community College, describe their experience helping with the Colorado Mission of Mercy on June 17-18 in Brush, Colo.
Progress at NPCC leads to expansion
North Platte Community College has had many homes over the years. Growth in its program offerings, technology and number of employees as well as in the demand for particular courses has led NPCC to spread out its operations across two campuses.
Today, health occupations, business and academic transfer-related classes are housed on the South Campus, 601 W. State Farm Road, while heavy technical programs are on the North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive.
What do dental assistants do?
- Prepare patients for treatment
- Obtain radiographic images
- Update the patient’s medical history, and take blood pressure and pulse
- Serve as an infection control officer, develop infection control protocol, and prepare and sterilize instruments and equipment
- Help patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
- Provide patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
- Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
- Take impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
- Perform office management tasks that often require computer use
- Communicate with patients and suppliers by scheduling appointments, answering phones, assisting in billing and supply orders
- Help to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery
Who will instruct me?
Meet Lauri Rogers, who has been the Dental Assisting program instructor at NPCC for eight years. In addition to her Associate Degree from Mid-Plains and her Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University, Rogers spent over 30 years as an assistant in dentist offices in Colorado and Nebraska. Her practical, hands-on experience conveys to students what is expected, what is necessary and how an assistant becomes a vital component in a thriving dental office. Her experience is critical in helping her students succeed – that success is her primary goal for every student.
Employment opportunities include private dental offices, hospital dental departments, public nursing homes, health agencies, private clinics, dental schools, the federal government and the Armed Forces.
Students may consider classes in accounting, biology, computers, speech, health, algebra and psychology to help prepare them for employment as a dental assistant.