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Dental Assisting Program


Dr. Teresa Ray
Dental Assisting Program Director
Email:  trayconnell@lawsonstate.edu
205.929.3440

Dental Assisting is a professional career.  In order to uphold the quality education of Lawson State Community College, and to maintain the standards set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, it is necessary to establish certain guidelines for students.

As Director of the Dental Assisting Program, I welcome each student and encourage each one in attaining his/her career goals.  It is my intent to support the success of each student by providing additional help and cooperation as needed.  I am available to answer any questions and assist with any problems that may arise.


Virtual Instruction (COVID 19)--Student Verification & Additional Testing Fees Notification

While the Dental Program is operating remotely, due to COVID-19 restrictions state wide, Blackboard,  Collaborate and Zoom  will be used to deliver instruction.  All students are required to attend class as regularly scheduled, but are to do so using Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom.  Check Blackboard for instructions from your instructor. Students use of Blackboard and its embedded testing platforms fall under specific verification processes and testing fees.  

Authentication of Users:  Lawson State uses multiple verification processes to protect student privacy.  These verification processes include secure login to Blackboard.  Identification verification processes folded into Respondus (the college's lockdown browser) as well as Proctor U (the college's 3rd party proctoring services).  Verification can include secure logins, identification checks, photo or webcam scans.  Each level of verification is designed to protect student privacy and to ensure student protections related to their identity.  

Additional Fees:  Students enrolled in online or virtual classes at Lawson State are charged an additional $50 per course technology fee.  This fee covers the expense of testing (whether that testing occurs directly in Blackboard or it is  proctored using Proctor U or Respondus features).  This fee cannot be waived and is automatically charged at the time of enrollment.  For more information on eCollege testing fees, click here.  

PROGRAM’S GOALS
  • Demonstrate clinical competencies of an entry level dental assistant.
  • Function safely and efficiently as a member of the dental team under the supervision of the dentist.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and dental team members.
  • Provide dental services with respect and compassion regardless of cultural diversity.
  • Exhibit legal and ethical behavior which adheres to professional conduct standards for dentistry

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Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Program, students exhibit proficiency in office management skills, manipulation of dental materials, and the provision of patient care. Clinical experience is facilitated through internships at the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry, Veteran’s Hospital, and private dental offices. The Dental Assisting program awards the certificate and the Occupational Technologies degree and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, Council on Occupational Education and the State Board of Dental Examiners. Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination administered by Dental Assisting National Board.
 

Lawson State Dental Assisting Program is accredited by CODA--the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The mission of the Dental Assisting program is to provide the academic and clinical learning experiences that assist students in developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for successful and effective functioning in the biological, behavioral, and clinical aspects of dental assisting and to encourage graduates to continually seek personal and professional growth opportunities. The Dental Assisting program awards the certificate and offers an option to complete the Associate in Occupational Technologies degree.