Instruct and implement the Dental Assistant program to educate students in accordance with the curriculum standards and objectives.
- Implement and evaluate daily lesson plans for students to include scheduled activities and materials of modules.
- Plan instruction to achieve specific objectives based upon student need and established curriculum.
- Monitor the attendance of students in the program and coordinate with Associate Director when absences occur two days in a row. Prepare attendance reports weekly for the office management department.
- Review student success rates and implement plan to reduce student withdrawals. Meet with students to encourage them to stay in the program. Maintain an 80% student success rate for all classes taught in the program.
- Maintain student grades in accordance with established policies. Prepare final grades at the end of each module to update student records and transcripts.
- Evaluate the performance of students regarding achievements in curriculum and activities and make necessary provisions to meet learning needs.
- Arrange and coordinate guest speakers, community service field trips, and visits to clinics and dental offices.
- Prepare lectures and practical demonstrations for students in class and individually.
- Assist and advise student with Dental Assistant program curriculum.
- May assist with the inventory and ordering of supplies and equipment.
- Monitor students in the laboratory. Demonstrate and assist students with lab procedures and ensure safety precautions are adhered to.
- May assist and coordinate externships for Dental Assistant students.
The list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.
- Graduation from an accredited Dental Assistant program recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a graduate of an otherwise recognized training entity (e.g., hospital-based program) in Dental Assisting and three (3) years of occupational experience as a Dental Assistant OR
- A minimum of four (4) years of job-related training and experience for those instructors who are not graduates from an accredited Dental Assistant program.
- Proficient in didactic and clinical four-handed and/or six-handed dentistry.
- Possess current knowledge and experience in dental assisting.
- Aware of state requirements governing dental assisting programs, as applicable.
- Faculty members must be Certified Dental Assistants or Registered Dental Assistants (CDA or RDA). Faculty members who are dentists are not required to hold the CDA or RDA credential.
- Current licenses, certifications, or other designations as required by local, state, or federal laws to work in the Dental Assistant field.
- Verbal and written communications skills.
- Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and computer skills.