At the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, our classes are designed to cover a broad variety of subjects, both didactic and clinical, that prepare our students for the wide-ranging responsibilities of a dental assistant.
Beginning in the first weeks of our dental assisting program, students are immersed in classes that provide the foundation for dental assisting credentials. Students start with topics such as ethics in the practice of health care, including HIPAA compliance, as well as dental jurisprudence (laws that govern the practice of dentistry).
Other initial lessons include sterilization concepts, such as proper cleaning of instruments and operatories, as well as infection control, or how to prevent the spread of disease in a clinical setting. These topics include both classroom lectures as well as clinical exercises that help students put their knowledge to practical use.
In order to be a valuable and successful member of a dental team, assistants must possess a wide range of knowledge. For this reason, classes covering microbiology, embryology, histology, and pharmacology are part of the Sunrise curriculum. In addition, anatomy of the head and neck make up an important portion of the curriculum and, of course, tooth anatomy, morphology, and terminology are essential components of the dental assistant education.
Sunrise students also learn all of the important practical aspects of dental assisting, including dental charting, proper chairside techniques, and identification and proper use of dental instruments. Students also gain an understanding of the different types of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. Additionally, the clinical training includes topics such as dental office emergencies as well as CPR training.
Radiology training comprises a large portion of the Sunrise curriculum, evidenced by the NC Radiology Certification our graduates receive. Classes on the principles of radiology precede numerous clinics that allow students to practice obtaining and critiquing x-rays. Radiology safety is a vital component of this process.
Advanced clinical courses cover many topics, such as impression techniques, fabrication of bleaching trays, fluoride treatments, sealants, gingival retraction, and temporary crown fabrication. Each of these topics is accompanied by clinical labs taught by highly dedicated and experienced faculty who help students hone their skills.
The basics of different dental specialties are also incorporated into the curriculum, including periodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery.
Because becoming a successful dental assistant requires more than just clinical ability, our students are instructed how to compose resumes, conduct job searches, and succeed in interviews.
At the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, our comprehensive curriculum will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Combined with our dedicated student services, our graduates are confident and prepared in their job searches.
Jaylyn Miller September 5, 2017
Prior to attending Sunrise School of Dental Assisting I had zero knowledge of the dentistry field and what this career choice would have in store for me. I had an awesome instructor, as well as current Dental Assistants at Sunrise, to help guide me and continue to be successful in my career. Everyone has been extremely helpful and I have had nothing less than a great experience. After graduation, I was hired on by Sunrise and couldn’t be more happy with my job and the decision to attend Sunrise School of Dental Assisting! Thank you all!!
Katie Panchak February 17, 2017
If you’re looking into a promising career as a dental assistant, look no further! I recently graduated from Sunrise School of Dental Assisting and couldn’t be happier with the program! This course provided me with all the knowledge and tools that I needed to become successful in my field. Now I am proud to say that after graduation I have been hired on by Sunrise Dental and LOVE my job! Thanks guys!
Madison McCullock January 12, 2017
Sunrise School of Dental Assisting provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to begin my career in the Dental field. The instructors were very helpful and thorough in explaining the lessons and procedures to the class, and also made it a point to provide any additional help/tutoring before/after lessons for students. I enjoyed my experience at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to receive the proper education necessary in order to excel in their Dental Assisting career
Ashley Hicks June 15, 2016
At Sunrise they give you the tools you need to become successful as a Dental Assistant. You have smaller numbers in the class, so you are able to have more one on one time with an instructor if needed. It is a fast paced class, but the instructor is willing to meet with you before class time if you need help. It is a good balance between lectures and actual lab time. You have great hands on experience and work with live “patients” (class members) in order to get an actual feel of what it would be like. The team at Sunrise Dental are very encouraging and push you to strive for your best. They also help with shadowing at different offices and even inform you if there are job openings at other offices. I would recommend this program to anyone and know that they would also get the great training that I have received!