Indian Hills Dental Assisting program now accepting applications

Indian Hills' all-digital dental assisting lab will train 24 students starting in the fall.

The long-awaited Dental Assisting program at Indian Hills Community College is now accepting applications for its first class of students.

The program will begin in the fall of 2013 and 10 out of an available 24 spots have already been filled in the two weeks applications have been open. The course will run for 12 months and students will learn in an all-digital lab in the Rural Health Occupations building on the Ottumwa campus.

The space has been on campus, waiting for the start of the program, since around 2006, but now that the course is gearing up to start, equipment and supplies are being ordered and the lab is ready for use. Students will be able to get hands-on training working with nine mannequins, one child-sized, and their fellow students.

No public services will be done, but the students will spend their last two terms of the program getting clinical experience at dental offices within Indian Hills' 10 county area.

"It's something where you need to be able to work with people, so most people that go into this profession like people and they like to be able to help people," said Carol Sexton-White, Program Director. "So this is a good occupation if you like to work with people, because you'll get a lot of real close contact."

Sexton-White worked in the field herself for many years and says this is an occupation where jobs are always in demand.

For more information on application requirements, how to apply and the courses that students will take, visit the Dental Assisting program website.