The Dental Assistant training prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care careers. The course familiarizes students with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provides training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant.
The Dental Assistant Training course familiarizes and prepares students for both clinical and clerical positions within a dental practice. Dental Assistant training includes 120 hours classroom lecture with an additional 67.5 hours laboratory application, 30 hours of hands- on dental radiology, 60 hours in the clinic working with a dentist and live patients, and finishing with a 40 hour externship at a local dental office. Total training hours of 277.5 plus the 40 hour experience within a dental environment is 317.5 hours. Upon completion of the training, each student will earn certifications in CPR (Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Wyoming Radiation Safety, and Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners Pit and Fissure Sealants, which are all Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC's) for LCCC's service area. Upon completion, students may progress professionally through on-the-job training and meeting requirements of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) for their Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), which is a nationally recognized credential.
Instruction includes the following key areas and topics – Administrative Aspects includes the history of dentistry and dental assisting, introduction to the dental office and the dental team, legal aspects of guidance, laws, and ethics. Additional time is spent defining professionalism and how to function as a professional dental team member and healthcare provider. Clinical Aspects include introduction to oral anatomy, tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, head and neck anatomy, periodontal disease, preventive dentistry, nutrition, oral pathology, and infection control with a focus on principles and techniques of disinfection, sterilization and occupational health and safety. Students practice and learn about proper patient positioning, delivering comprehensive dental care, moisture control and anesthesia, responding to dental emergencies, taking and recording vital signs, mixing and placing dental materials for restorative and esthetic procedures, mixing and taking dental impressions, fabricating mouth guards and temporary restorations, and performing coronal polishing. Students gather patient's personal and medical history information and assessment, as well as record informed consents and completed treatments in the dental record. , each student learns the foundations of radiography, dental radiographic equipment and safety, dental film processing, and digital radiography, foundation and procedures for placement of dental sealants.
To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 277.5-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, submit to a drug screening and meet other requirements. The additional externship hours will be scheduled one-on-one for the student. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion and clinical rotation/externship, students receive a LCCC A.C.T. Now Certificate of Completion in addition to the IRC certifications above.
In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in providing medications to patients (dispensing/distribution), and through administrative duties including answering phones, operating the cash register, etc.
The program teaches students pharmacy-related knowledge and other information such as the Pharmacy Technician Mathematical Calculation to become well prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination provided by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
With the Pharmacy Technician Mathematical Calculation an important component of this course, WorkKeys© Applied Mathematics assessment for mathematical competency is a prerequisite. Students must achieve at least a Silver (mid-level) score on the applied math assessment to be eligible to enroll in this course.
The Industry Recognized Credentialed (IRC) course will train students to support pharmacists in dispensing and distributing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) training includes 72 hours of classroom lecture with applied concepts. Students receive a guest-speaking lecture by the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy (when available) and they visit a local pharmacy (when available).
Instruction includes preparing patients for examination on Pharmacology for Technicians, Pharmacy Law and Regulations, Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding, Medication Safety, Pharmacy Quality Assurance, Medication Order Entry and Fill Process, Pharmacy Inventory Management, Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement and Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application. Additionally, Compounding requires Pharmacy Technician Mathematical Calculations, which is an important component to the course and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination.
Upon successful completion of the classroom portion, students will be eligible to sit for the PTCB national examination. Passing the PTCB exam and receiving their certification is a Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy Industry Recognized Credential required for their Wyoming Pharmacy Technician License.
To be eligible for their Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy License, which is required to practice as a pharmacy technician, students must earn their PTCB certification and submit their PTCB certification along with a Wyoming license application, which includes a thorough background check and a complete drug test.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
The Industry Recognized Credentialed (IRC) program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. CCMA training includes 144 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs with additional integrated clinical rotations at a local medical facility, followed up with an additional 60-90 hours of a clinical externship at a local health care provider.
Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will cover the following topics during class in preparation for their national certified clinical medical assistant exam: Health care systems and settings, Medical Terminology, Basic Pharmacology, Nutrition, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical patient care, Infection control, Testing and laboratory procedures, Phlebotomy, EKG and cardiovascular testing, Patient care coordination and education, Medical administration for electronic health records and billing, Communication and customer service, Medical law and ethics, Scope of practice and Standards of care. During clinicals and externship experiences, students are provided hands-on exposure with the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology with EKG and the proper placement of leads, ethics, and demonstrating a professional workplace behavior.
To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 144-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, submit to a drug screening and meet other requirements. The additional clinical hours will be scheduled one-on-one for the student. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion and clinical rotation/externship, students will be eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national examination. The NHA CCMA exam is a Wyoming/Regional Industry Recognized Credential.