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Dental Assisting

Begin a promising, in-demand healthcare career right after high school with PLCC's dental assisting program.

Learn how to prepare treatment rooms, assist dentists during procedures, take x-rays and impressions, educate patients, and keep organized records. If you’re a detail-oriented person who wants to help patients smile with confidence, our dental assistant program can set you up for career success as a trusted member of a dental team. 

Career Technical Skills

  • Taking dental X-rays

  • Preparing treatment rooms

  • Sterilizing dental instruments

  • Assisting dentists during procedures

  • Educating patients on oral hygiene

  • Maintaining patient records

Industry Recognized credentials

  • American Medical Technologists (AMT) – Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

  • Dental Assistant Radiographer Certificate

  • Bleeding control basic

  • CPR & first aid

  • College credit potential

  • Job placement opportunities

Possible future

  • Dental offices

  • Orthodontist offices

  • Periodontist offices

  • Oral surgeon offices

  • Dental supply companies

  • Dental labs

  • Hospital or community dental clinics

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Public health clinics

Other Dental Assisting Program Details


PLCC Dental Assisting is a full-time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to visit and apply during the sophomore year.  Class size is limited.

Scope & Sequence

The Scope, Sequence, and Curriculum document is updated annually with input and ultimate approval from the program’s Advisory Committee of industry professionals.  This document contains detailed information about all that the program has to offer its students including the program goals, program alignment with state curriculum standards, a detailed description of each course taught within the program, program grading scale, industry credentials, and college credit opportunities specific to the program, and the program teacher’s own notes and input.

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Program Fees


College Credit Potential

All programs at PLCC have the potential for either direct articulated credits at select colleges and/or universities or are able to acquire college credits through career technical assurance guides (CTAGs) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

On The Job Training

During the senior year, students who have met the requirements and have received a recommendation by their program instructor, have the opportunity to go on School-to-Work Job Placement.  We work with our students and local employers to place them in a job that is related to their program of study, giving them real-life experience while simultaneously earning school credit.


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If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.