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Cross-Cultural Experience in China Improves Curriculum for PCC Dental Assisting Program

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 26, 2019

Earlier this year PCC employees Stacy Bone (Institute for Health Professionals) and Ginny Jorgensen (Integrated Community Dental Assisting Instructor) traveled to China with A-dec, a leading dental equipment manufacturer located in Newberg, Oregon. Bone said her goal was to help educate and encourage dentists to utilize the benefits of having a dental assistants working chair-side, a practice that isn’t yet common in China. Bone and Jorgensen connected with Chinese audiences and shared best practices during demonstrations for prospective dental assistants.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, institute for health professionals, dental assisting, PCC Stories

5 Ways Dental Assistants Add Value to a Dental Office

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 22, 2019

Dental assistants are an integral part of the day-to-day operations within a dental office. They provide patient care, as well as support for the dentist as they conduct exams and certain procedures. A recent survey by the DALE Foundation indicates how valuable dental assistants are and how they contribute to dental offices. 
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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, dental assisting

How to Become a Dental Assistant in Oregon

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 04, 2018

Considering becoming a dental assistant? You’re not alone. The industry is continuously growing, with an estimated 65,000 more dental assistants needed by 2026. Dental assistants play a significant role as a member of the dental health care team, increasing the efficiency of the dentist in a number of ways. They provide patient care, take x-rays, assist with dental procedures, and handle other routine tasks.

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Topics: Healthcare, dental assisting

Dental Schools, Organized Dentistry Work to Address Shortage of Dental Assistants

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 02, 2018

The following post was written by Melody Finnemore and originally published by the Oregon Dental Association. It features IHP's Professional Development and Dental Health Education Coordinator Stacy Bone and is republished here with permission from the ODA. 

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Topics: Healthcare, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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