• 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 1: A New Beginning

It's that time again, another new DATC Session with new students. All with bright eyes about how this Program can change their lives.

And, it's true. The DATC Program does have the potential to change the course of their lives...

But the truth is, each individual has to put forth their best effort, their utmost focus, every single bit of their hustle, to make that change happen.

DATC Session 15 students on the first day of class.

The DATC Program is an intense training course that prepares students to enter the dental field as a DA I - in just 12 weeks. Classes are held on Saturday mornings, so students can balance an active work or school schedule in conjunction with the program.

This morning, students were welcomed to the class by Program Director, Dr. Karen Barwick who provided words of wisdom along with general announcements. She spent a little bit of time reviewing each student's current profession and sharing how their experience correlates to realities within the dental industry.


A dental office needs to be turned on and off. Just like you clean up and prepare for the next day before you leave work, there are actions that need to take place to start and end the dental day. You have to be aware of your surroundings. Shelves and supply cabinets don't restock themselves. Cleanliness matters.

Dental patients are like customers - and excellent customer service matters. All the time. Even in the face of an unpleasant situation. Breathe deep. Take a few extra minutes. Respond with respect and professionalism. Every time.

Know your team. Work with each other - and communicate clearly. Learning how to work together is vital to having a successful work day.


The Dental Assistant Training Centers Program prides itself on teaching students professionalism and it's an ongoing conversation from Orientation to Graduation.

After just two weeks of classes, DATC students can begin their clinical rotation hours (30 hours are required to graduation from the program) and professionalism is paramount in setting DATC students apart from other dental assistants in-training.

If students don't have an active CPR certification, they can attend the program's CPR class later this week.

And yes, an active CPR Certification is a requirement for graduation. Emergencies can happen anywhere and the DATC Program wants students to be prepared to face anything. And because of the possibility of high anxiety associated with dental treatment, it's an important skill to have at the ready.


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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