Dental students

Staff

Tammy Martorana - tmartorana@k12.somerville.ma.us

Our Program

Our Dental Assistant program introduces students to the dental health team. The basis for the dental curriculum will be to give students preparation in health sciences and technology required to be efficient dental assistants. Clinical training will be given to the students during senior year with participating community dentists and patients. Safety of the students is our first priority and is communicated and practiced every day.

Field trips will be scheduled to private dental clinics, dental schools, and dental insurance companies when applicable. Students will also have lecturers/industry leaders as part of the instructional process, for additional introduction to the dental field and their anticipated career opportunities.

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions that require the chair side skills and administrative knowledge needed to work in a dental facility. Students in this program also have the ability to go on to further their education as a dental lab technician, dental equipment repair-person, hygienist or dentist.

Within the Massachusetts Department of Education for Vocational Technical Education Frameworks; we will reflect upon topics with content through which learning strategies will include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Ethics
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Diversity
  • Self-evaluation

The hands-on learning strategies will help to develop the student’s ability to be successful in the program. These will include but are not limited to:

  • Virtual reality (computer simulations)
  • Web based learning
  • Skills (used and practiced in externships)
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills