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WKU’s dental assisting program approved in Tennessee

WKU’s dental assisting program has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry, expanding employment opportunities for those interested in the dental field.

“Dental Assisting for Today” is an 18-week, non-credit certificate course offered through a partnership between the WKU departments of Continuing Education and Allied Health.  Individuals completing the course will now be prepared to work as chair-side dental assistants or front office employees in both Kentucky and Tennessee.

According to course instructor Wendi Hulsey, approval from the Tennessee Board of Dentistry is a significant benefit for individuals in Nashville and surrounding areas.  “Other than WKU, the closest short term dental assistant program to the Nashville area is in Chattanooga,” Hulsey said. “Because of its proximity to Nashville, our program will allow northern Tennessee students to receive quality, cost-effective dental assistant training closer to home.”

Hulsey said the approval also is good for Kentucky students in the course.  “Approval increases employment options for Kentucky residents who live near the state border and would like to expand their job search to Tennessee,” she said.

Dental assisting is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Dental assistants work closely with dentists and perform clinical and office duties including patient care, chair-side assistance, and dental X-rays.

WKU began offering the dental assisting certificate course this July and plans to offer the next course in winter 2011.

For information, click here or contact Sharon Woodward, Continuing Education Director, at 270-745-1910 or sharon.woodward@wku.eduContinuing Education is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach.

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