We at Northeast Oklahoma Health Career Center (NOHCC), owned and operated by Northeast Oklahoma Health Career Center, Inc., wish to welcome you to a new, innovative and unique course in our Dental Assisting Program (DAP). We offer a hands-on course designed to give you the basic fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to start your new career, at a minimum cost of time and expense.
We offer this opportunity from the perspective of practicing dentists and experienced dental assistants in the setting of an actual dental office. While we will seek to give you exposure to a wide range of techniques, materials, and dental knowledge, we will focus on the skills we as dentists see as "core necessities" for job acquisition.
Job opportunities for trained dental assistants are quite good in today's marketplace. While no one can guarantee job placement, the dental profession is currently facing a shortage of trained dental assistants. If one examines the want ads for dental assistants, virtually all jobs require experience.
How can you get a job without experience and how can you get experience without a job? With our course, we believe that gap can be bridged in a minimal amount of time at a reasonable cost. Welcome to NOHCC!
The DAP is held for ten Saturdays from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Dress code is informal and casual. However, it is recommended that students buy a uniform since some of the materials we work with in a dental office can permanently stain or damage clothing. Also we like for students to get used to "being and looking like" dental assistants. Hospital scrubs are the preferred dental office attire.
This course of study came into being as a result of conversations between dentists. Every dentist recognizes the importance of a good dental assistant in helping him/her provide a good service to his or her patients, reduce stress on both the patient and doctor, and keeping the practice growing and profitable. Given the shortage of trained dental assistants, the existing obstacles for a person to go to school for training, and the unwillingness of dentists to train someone "from scratch", NOHCC’s Dental Assisting Program came into being. The basic framework for this curriculum is patterned after a successful assisting program in another state.
Our purpose in teaching this course is to give our students an education in dental assisting. We emphasize the basic knowledge and how it relates to the hands-on tasks that dental assistants do on an hourly basis in dental offices across the country. The course provides them an introduction to dentistry and dental assisting as a profession. We hope they will be as proud to work in dentistry and be part of a profession rather than simply have a JOB.