DENTAL ASSISTING


Pickens Technical College Dental Assisting program provides and excellent education that prepares students to become a contributing member of the dental profession and meet the needs of divers populations. The program's focus on effective communication, critical thinking, information and technology literacy, quantitative reasoning , and professionalism prepares students to succeed i an highly competitive, global economy. Students must master all of the tasks to complete the program successfully. This program prepares students to assist the dentist at the chair side in the dental operatory, perform reception and clerical functions, and selected laboratory work. In addition, the student will gain skills required for direct patient care such as taking x-rays and impressions, preventative education, and nutritional counseling.

Students must master all of the tasks to complete the program successfully. This program prepares students to assist the dentist at the chair side in the dental operatory, perform reception and clerical functions, and selected laboratory work. In addition, the student will gain skills required for direct patient care such as taking x-rays and impressions, preventive education, and nutritional counseling.

Note: Students must be age 18 before enrolling in DEA 125 & DEA 131, as directed by the Colorado Board of Dental Examiners Rule & Regulations. Simulated clinical situations are practiced prior to actual clinical assignments. Clinical assignments will include work in a variety of private dental offices and clinics.

Accreditation
The Commission on Dental Accreditation has determined the Dental Assisting program’s accreditation status to be “approved without reporting requirements”. Upon successful completion, the student will qualify to enroll in the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program offered here at Pickens Technical College.

  • The following certificates may be earned:
  • Dental Assisting Certificate

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Dental Assisting Infection Control Protocol


Instructor Chuck Lee

Dr. Charles Lee is a licensed Dentist in Colorado who works with students to train and educate them to become Dental Assistants.

Dr. Chuck has taught at Pickens for 6 years. He came to Pickens after retiring from private practice. He has also taught at PIMA as a dental assisting Instructor.

Dr. Chuck has worked as a dentist for 25 years. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He started his private practice in 1989.During that time he has been restoring smiles through cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. Dr. Chuck and his staff make all sizes of smiles healthier by providing professional dental care for every member of the family.

Dr. Chuck believes that Pickens Technical College Dental Assisting Program provides the state of the art facility and the most knowledgeable instructors.

YEARS TEACHING: 2010-Present

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 1982-Present

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND:
Dr. Lee attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine from 1982-1986.
He was in private practice from 1986-2009.He has been teaching at Pickens Technical College since 2012.


Instructor Heidi Heath

Heidi Heath is a Dental Assistant Instructor who works with the students training them to be great Dental Assistants.

This is Heidi’s first year teaching at Pickens. She previously attended Picken’s Dental Assisting Program in 2012 and has now returned to join our team as an instructor.

She completed a 300 hour internship with a notable busy dental practice before being hired full time. After working as a dental assistant for almost a year she returned to Pickens Technical College to get her EDDA certificate. She continues to temp as an EDDA to stay connected to the field. One of her biggest strengths within the dental field is her ability to anticipate and accomplish those tasks within her skill level that enable the practice to run smooth y and efficiently. She has integrity and pride in her work. Her eye for detail in technique and in esthetic dentistry produces beautiful master impressions and temporaries that allow for an optimal end result for patients.

Heidi is on the Advisory Board Committee here at Pickens. She believes that Pickens Technical College is an outstanding technical school where one can receive hands on learning and the classrooms accurately reflect the industries students are preparing to work in.


Instructor Cathy Mauricio

YEARS TEACHING: 2017-Present

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 1995-Present

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Colorado

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND: Attended Dental School in Lima Peru at the San Martin University 1995-1998

EDDA instructor 2017

Dental Assisting Instructor 2017

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