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Labette Community College - Dental Assistant - 081213

Dental Assistant Program at Labette Community College ...
Labette Community College
200 South 14th Street
Parsons, KS 67357
(888) 522-3883

www.labette.edu

Mission Statement ... Labette Community College provides quality learning opportunities in a supportive environment for success in a changing world.

Welcome to Labette Community College
As someone who began his higher education at a community college, I know what you can achieve at Labette Community College.

I know that when you continue your education or enter a career you have chosen, you will be prepared for success.

I know that if you are a recent high school graduate or an adult returning to college to gain new skills, Labette Community College has the programs and support services designed to guide and enrich your college experience.

I know that Labette Community College has outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff with the knowledge and ability to help you prepare for the future.

I know from experience that at Labette Community College you can take the first steps in achieving your personal, academic and professional goals.

A lot of creative and exciting things are happening at Labette Community College - from plays and concerts to athletics. It is up to you to take advantage of all we have to offer. Most importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your faculty on an individual basis. Many of them are Labette Community College graduates!

I invite you to visit Labette Community College first via this website and then in person. Come see what makes us so dynamic. Our Labette Community College family enthusiastically welcomes you.

See you soon,
George C. Knox, Ed.D.
President

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant's primary duties are to assist the dentist with varied oral health care procedures. The career entails extensive knowledge of dental procedures and practices, four-handed dentistry, dental terminology, dental technology, general office duties, patient intake, x-ray safety and performance, laboratory duties, teamwork, and above all assisting dentists with improving patient oral health. 

It is an engaging career where one day will never be the same as the next.  Becoming a dental assistant may also serve as a jumping-off point for other dental careers, such as becoming a dental hygienist.

About the Dental Assisting Career:

There is significant job potential for dental assistants.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of dental assistants is expected to increase by 31% through 2020.  The Kansas Department of Labor estimates jobs in Kansas will grow by 26.4% (714 additional) through 2016 and jobs in Southeast Kansas will grow by 44.2% (61 additional).

Estimated Starting Wages

Estimated Starting Wages

Date

Entry Level

Median

Experienced

U.S. Department of Labor

May 2010

$27,400

$33,470

 $47,090

KS Department of Labor

2010

$23,360

$31,400

$36,640

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos163.htm) and the Kansas Department of Labor Information Center (https://klic.dol.ks.gov/)

Accreditation:

The LCC Dental Assistant Program received the status of "initial accreditation" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation in February 2013.  The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission's web address is:  http://www.ada.org/100.aspx

Program Location and Facilities:

This program is located at the LCC Cherokee Center and uses state-of-the-art dental facilities and equipment at the Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas located in Pittsburg, KS.  For more information on these sites please refer to the hyperlinks below:

LCC Cherokee Center

Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas - Pittsburg Dental Clinic

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