The Navy Dental Assistant program provides students with formal education and training that develops them into entry- level dental assistants within fixed and deployable medical facilities.
Students are trained in the basic dental disciplines of: oral anatomy, dental administration, and dental procedures. Performance-based training is conducted for: infection control, general chairside assisting, and radiology procedures in simulated and on-the-job clinical environments.
Students mix dental materials, maintain dental equipment, and perform basic oral hygiene procedures. Dental skill demonstrations and practice are provided in laboratory settings. Additionally, utilizing medical treatment facilities (MTF), students will perform a clinical rotation through a dental clinic to be active participants in chairside dentistry to include, but not limited to, the following: operative procedures, sick call/exams, oral surgery, endodontics, and prosthodontics.
Students must demonstrate entry-level mastery of the following: professional behavior, written and verbal communication, chairside assisting skills, radiology, and general skills including safety, charting, infection control (via Sterilization Processing Department), and patient verification.
The instructional design of this program’s courses is group lockstep. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Clinical rotations will be conducted while utilizing work spaces designated for providing dental services for patients.