Career Exploration in Dentistry

Course Description

This course introduces students to the exciting and varied career opportunities in the dentistry profession, from dental assistant all the way up through oral surgeon. Students will review the history of dentistry globally and in the U.S., and will learn key dental terminology. The course will introduce the roles and tasks done as well as skills and education required of nearly every member of the dental staff. Students will gain an understanding of what it takes to perform each position, and how they work together.

Course Requirements

Grade Level





1 Semester

Credit Value




Major Concepts

Module 1: Paths to Dentistry
Module 2: Dental Assistant
Module 3: Dental Hygienist
Module 4: Dental Laboratory Technician
Module 5: Dental Products
Module 6: Community Dental Health
Module 7: Dental Administration
Module 8: College Preparation, The DAT, and Dental School
Module 9: General Dentistry
Module 10: Dental Specialties