Dental Assistants College open for business

SAINT JOHN - The new Dental Assistants College of Saint John is accepting applications for its next 42-week program which will begin Sept. 8.

                                     

The new school is owned by local entrepreneur Victor Train, who's best known as a landlord in apartment buildings and commercial properties, and for auto sales.

The college, located at 55 Ross Street in the city's south end, is the only one of its kind in the city, he said.

There is also no shortage of jobs in the profession, he said.

"There's nobody out of work in that field," Train said. "There's a 99 per cent placement rate."

The spacious, self-contained clinic has six dentist offices, three x-ray rooms, a sterilization room and large laboratory.

Courses, which are overseen by two instructors, include: basic dental sciences, prevention of disease transmission and medical emergencies, clinical dental procedures, restorative and laboratory material and techniques, dental radiography, dental specialities and preventive dentistry.

Students also participate in on-the-job training for four weeks. Classes are Monday to Friday and tuition is $13,000.

This month, the school's students and staff will be visiting local elementary schools along with staff from St. Joseph's Community Health Centre to demonstrate the importance of proper oral hygiene. They will also be providing oral-care packages to the children.

The school will also be holding a patient-care clinic in July with local dentists on site, when students will be required to perform oral procedures on the general public including: examination by a licensed dentist, x-rays, oral hygiene, tooth polishing, topical fluoride application and dental sealants.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Level 11 dental assistant diploma and will be eligible to write the national board exam.

The program is registered under New Brunswick's private occupational training act and is recognized by the Dental Society and the National Dental Assistants Examination Board of Canada.

For more information or to apply, call 696-2299, e-mail: dacsj@dentalassistantscollegeofsaintjohn.com or visit the website at: www.dacsj.com

Source: Telegraph Journal