Education Spotlight: Medtech College

Medtech College Prepares Extraordinary Dental Assistants

Known for providing hands-on learning environments, Medtech College educates students wishing to enter a variety of healthcare careers. 

Building upon previous education success, Medtech College in Indianapolis now offers a Dental Assistant program that helps prepare students to meet the need for new dental professionals.

“There are several people who impact your career, high among them are educators,” said Medtech College Dental Assistant Program Director Amy Applegate, B.S., CDA, EFDA. “We created a program that puts students first. Their success is our number one goal.

“I want them to become as passionate about dental assisting as I am.”

Dental assisting

Dental assistants are important to dental care, preparing patients for treatments, sterilizing instruments, assisting during procedures and, often, processing X-rays or maintaining records. As ongoing research links oral health to general health, demand for preventive dental services may increase, expanding the dental assistant’s role.

“Dental assistants are an asset to any dental practice, cross-trained to work anywhere, from the front office to the back office,” said Campus President Jason Horton. “Here at Medtech, we tailored our program so students are able to master the skills associated with the job of a dental assistant.” 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assisting will grow by 25 percent nationwide through 2022 – much faster than the average for all jobs. Dental assisting also is a career that has been ranked high for upward mobility and job flexibility by U.S. News & World Report Money. 

About the program

Medtech’s Dental Assistant program follows the belief each student is unique, with the ability to think and do. It provides mutual respect and support amid a learning environment where students are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential. 

The program provides instructional, laboratory, preclinical and clinical content, with clinical hours spent assisting dentists who offer comprehensive dental treatment. To enhance student learning, program faculty and leaders meet weekly to review clinic, program and student issues. Their goal is to deliver a solid foundation of dental practices so students have access to the knowledge, skills and work habits to successfully perform as dental assistants.

Ongoing surveys reveal students are very satisfied with their classes and the hands-on work they get to perform: 

-    “I am very pleased with how things are going. It is everything I expected.” 
-    “I have learned so much already and my classmates are so wonderful and helpful.” 
-    “It’s nice to have educators that you feel comfortable going to if you need anything.” 

Industry-standard technology 

Students at Medtech – Indianapolis are being prepared to address current and future trends in dentistry. Among the skills being learned and practiced is proper procedure for taking high-definition, digital X-rays.

Digital X-rays are the future of dentistry. By getting “hands-on” experience with the latest technology, Medtech students have an opportunity to position themselves for a wider variety of career openings after graduation.

“Our students train on equipment from Henry Schein, the world’s largest supplier of healthcare products and services – the same equipment found in many dental offices,” noted Applegate. 

The Medtech team designed the Dental Assistant curriculum to match current trends in the field. Medtech students utilize electronic adaptive learning tools, sit chairside and learn to assist dentists in both front- and back-office needs – everything from oral surgeries, endodontics and pediatric dentistry to performing laboratory procedures, charting notes, coding insurance and developing oral treatment plans. 

And, they practice all of these tasks with the assistance of the Dentrix dental software program.  

Career opportunities

No question – many patients are apprehensive when in a dental chair. Dental assistants help them feel more comfortable while working side-by-side with the dentist or hygienist.

The primary objective of Medtech’s Dental Assistant program is to provide students a hands-on education in the fundamentals so they are able to perform successfully in both clinical and office settings. 

Their classroom instruction focuses on dental procedures – from radiographs to impressions, as well as office procedures and patient care. In fact, Medtech provides a comprehensive learning experience for a full-service dental assisting career. 

“Dental assisting school was one of the greatest experiences of my career. I made true connections for life and couldn’t feel more proud to say what school I graduated from. I want our students to feel the same,” said Applegate.

Area students can prepare to become dental assistants on the same equipment typically found in dental offices without leaving Indianapolis by enrolling in Medtech College’s Dental Assistant program.

“Whether or not they plan to work in a state that requires certification, taking and passing the Certified Dental Assistant exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board is recommended for students. Graduates of Medtech’s Dental Assistant program will be prepared to sit for that exam,” Applegate added.

Focused on emerging healthcare needs, including dental assisting, Medtech College in Indianapolis is reinforcing its status as a valued contributor to the community and the state of Indiana.

For information about preparing for careers as a dental assistant or other healthcare fields at Medtech College, call the Indianapolis campus at 317-845-0300.