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Popular dental assistant course offered

A coronal polishing course for dental assistants is back by popular demand through a partnership between WKU Dental Hygiene and Continuing Education. The course will provide dental assistants with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively perform coronal polishing, making them eligible for certification by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry.

Sharon Woodward, director of WKU Continuing Education, said the class is being offered due to numerous requests. “We have hosted this program in the past and frequently get requests to offer it again,” said Woodward. “It’s a popular course, and we anticipate a great response.”

Participants in the course will learn about disease control, equipment, ethics, tooth anatomy, charting, patient privacy and much more.

To be eligible for the course, participants must provide written verification of one-year, full-time clinical experience within the last three years.  After completing the course, participants will be required to demonstrate competency in a clinical setting by performing a coronal polishing on at least four patients. The supervising dentist must verify clinical competency in writing to WKU, after which a certificate will be issued to the participant.

Registration is due by April 29. The course is offered on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the WKU Academic Complex dental hygiene lab on the Hill. The $325 fee covers classroom and laboratory instruction and course materials, which will be mailed to participants in advance.

For more information, visit www.wku.edu/ce/coronalpolishing or call (270) 745-1912.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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