• Practice Dentoforms
    Practice Dentoforms

    Dentoforms are used to train students by simulating conditions they will encounter in practice.

  • Mirror & Periodontal Probe
    Mirror & Periodontal Probe

    Students use a Mirror and Periodontal Probe for disease assessment.

  • Infection Control
    Infection Control

    Students learn to use Dental Dam to reduce contamination during procedures.

  • Instruments

    DATC Students learn Instruments in order to effectively assist the Dentist when chairside assisting.

  • Radiographs

    Students learn to take Radiographs that are consistent in order to help the Dentist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • CPR

    As part of the DATC Dental Assistant I Program, Students become American Red Cross Certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

  • Dental Office Operatory
    Dental Office Operatory

    Students learn about the Dental Operatory Set-up, Infection Control using Barriers and about the Dental Unit.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    As part of the OSHA and Infection Control, Students learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for them and for the patient.  Using barriers and wearing the proper protective items keeps everyone safe.

  • Impressions

    Students learn how to make good first impressions, In and Out of the operatory.

  • Curing Light
    Curing Light

    DATC Students learn how to use and what procedures require Curing Lights.

  • Dental Specialities
    Dental Specialities

    DATC Students learn from local area dental specialists.

DATC Session 15 Week 2: Time to Test and Branch Out

That's right. It's only the second week and our students start the morning with a knowledge test.

We aren't kidding when we say that the DATC Program is intensive. Students are required to stay on top of the information, study hard through the week and then show us what they know and remember each Saturday. 

We're proud to be leading these diligent individuals through the beginning of their adventure in the dental industry - and are already pleased at their hard work and dedication.


We hosted CPR Training yesterday afternoon and had a great time reviewing important emergency response and life saving information.

Click here to see our post on Facebook highlighting our CPR training.

An active CPR Certification is a requirement for graduation from the DATC Program. We know the unexpected can happen in any dental office at any time, and we want our students to have the knowledge and skills to provide the best first response.

Dr. Karen Barwick, DATC Program Director, talks with students before their 8am test.


After completing their test, students jumped into lecture-based instruction. We covered the different types of emergencies that can happen in a dental setting and some of the best ways to respond to those situations. Being a dental assistant is about providing excellent patient care - and that certainly doesn't fly out the window in an urgent - or emergent - situation. If anything, it means rising above the circumstances, and providing a steady, reassuring presence to help patients navigate the unexpected.

As a dental assistant, you carry the responsibility of providing the utmost care to your patient - and being prepared for anything is a big part of that care.

This Week

After this week's instruction, DATC students will be able to begin their clinical rotation hours. The program requires each student to complete 30 hours in order to graduate. The goal is for students to see what different dental offices are like in order to gain a better understanding of real world situations, and to use that understanding to better study and prepare as the weeks go by for their new career in the dental field.

"Professionalism and respect are extremely important," Dr. Karen Barwick reminded students this morning during announcements. "All the time, but especially during your clinical rotation hours - you are starting to build your reputation in the local dental industry. Realize that you could end up working for one of the offices you visit, but not if you don't remember to be professional and respectful."

Students were also reminded to use the list of approved dental offices when calling to request clinical rotation appointments, and how to set up time with Dr. Barwick's office. They were admonished to be pleasant and on time - and to provide prior notice if, for any reason, they wouldn't be able to make their appointment.

"We call to check up on each office's experience with our students," Dr. Barwick concluded. "It's not only your reputation, but the program's reputation that rides on your shoulders."

We know our students will make us proud!



Are you interested in learning more about the dental industry? Curious about applying for Session 16 (Feb - May 2017)? Give us a call at 336-223-6080 to get the details you need to make it possible. If you're ready to apply now, click here and review the application requirements.





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