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Dental Assisting is Hudson Valley Community College's Newest Academic Program

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 31, 2006

Online certificate program to begin in coming academic year

With one of the largest Dental Hygiene associate's degree programs in New York State already on campus, Hudson Valley Community College this fall will begin offering an academic certificate program for those who hope to become Certified Licensed Dental Assistants in New York State.

Dental assistants perform a variety of tasks in dental offices, including sterilization of instruments, setting up dental materials and performing office duties. They may also work chairside, helping as dentists examine and treat patients.

Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, the college will offer two programs, one aimed at new students interested in entering the profession, and the other for those who are currently working as dental assistants. Both will be offered in an online format, so that students from around the state will be able to complete the necessary training to apply for NYS certification and licensure.

The college is responding to a growing demand for more trained Certified Licensed Dental Assistants. According to the federal Department of Labor job prospects are excellent for those entering the profession.

To be eligible for what the college has named the Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP), students must already have completed at least 3,500 hours of current clinical work as a practicing dental assistant. Students in the ADAP program will study under the supervision of a dentist who is willing to oversee the hands-on component of their course work. The ADAP program is credit-free and offered through the Hudson Valley Community College's Office of Community and Professional Education.

No experience is necessary for the Dental Assisting certificate credit program, which will be a two-semester full-time course of study and will include hands-on work in a dental clinic or office. This program is offered through the Hudson Valley Community College's Dental Hygiene department. Students will be accepted for this program beginning with the Spring 2007 semester.

Those who successfully complete either program will be eligible to take the licensure exam for dental assistants. The New York State Department of Education certifies and licenses dental assistants if they meet the educational, clinical and licensure exam requirements.

For more information about the Dental Assisting programs, call the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339 or the Admissions Office at (518) 629-4602.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.