Dental Assisting Program Overview

  • The Dental Assisting Program trains and educates students to be competent Dental Assistants. The skills of a Dental Assistant are varied and challenging, with a wide range of tasks that require interpersonal and technical skills.

    The Dental Assisting Program offers students the opportunity to take the Dental Assisting National Board Exam in Infection Control and Radiation Health and Safety.

    Students receive intense hands-on training in the dental shop at Diman as well as clinical rotations at local dental offices. Clinical experience can also be obtained through Diman's Cooperative Education Program.

    Program entry requirements consist of average to above average grades in science and English. Students must posses a good degree of manual dexterity as well as good interpersonal skills.

    Career opportunities can include flexible hours with part-time and full-time employment.

Diman Dental Assisting Program

Watson School Visit

2016 Dental visit to Watson Elementary School
On June 3, 2016, Diman Dental Assisting juniors Kayla Moniz, Tania Melo, Brianna Vezina joined Senator Michael Rodrigues in a visit to Watson Elementary School's Career Day to talk about dentistry.

Announcements

  • Diman Advisory Board Seeks Your Help

    We want you to join the Diman family. While we're proud of our vocational programs and their ability to turn young men and women into skilled members of the community, we can't maintain that level of quality without the help of industry professionals. Please consider joining our Vocational Advisory Board, where you will help steer our vocational programs and students toward future success. Learn more and apply here.

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  • Dental Assisting raises money for charity, challenges others to do the same

    Diman's Dental Assisting program recently raised $750 for the SmileTrain initiative, a charity that provides surgery to children in third-world nations that require cleft surgery. The money raised by Diman's students will provide surgery for three children.

    We challenge other nationwide dental assisting programs to do the same, or beat us. Good luck!

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Skills & Careers

  • Students graduating from Diman have a variety of job options open to them. Below is a partial list of jobs Diman grads from this program are qualified for, depending on their level of education.

    Diman Diploma 2 Year College 4 Year College
    • Clinical Dental Assistant for General Practice
    • Clinical Dental Assistant for Specialty Practice
    • Office Management Assistant
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Dental hygienist
    • Dental hygienist
    • Pre-dental

    Skills & Skill Areas

    • Prevention and Nutrition
    • Basic Dental Sciences
    • Pre-Clinical Dental Skills
    • Clinical Dental Procedures
    • Dental Radiography
    • Dental Specialties
    • Restorative and Laboratory Materials and Techniques
    • Dental Practice Management

In the News

  • Diman dental double donations

    The generosity of Diman’s Dental Assisting program is well-known, so it should come as no surprise that they started the current school year with two charitable events in the first month. First, students and staff lent a hand in the annual Dentistry from the Heart program in Seekonk, then another group of students and staff participated in the Health First Second Annual 3-mile Walkathon. (10/3/16)

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  • As Diman staff look back on '88 expansion, they look forward to further growth

    FALL RIVER - In the 1980s, Diman was a school bursting at the seams with programs, with machines, with disciplines struggling for space. (5/24/2012)

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  • Diman Dental (is) Assisting the world’s poor

    Diman’s Dental Assisting program is at it again. Just six months after raising $750 to provide cleft lip surgery for three children in the third world, the department has donated 294 toothbrushes and 93 tubes of toothpaste to be sent to Honduras. (4/14/16)

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  • Swansea student to sing for SkillsUSA

    Diman is thrilled to announce that junior Dental Assisting student Brittney Batista has been chosen as the winner of the National Anthem Contest for SkillsUSA. Brittney will sing the National Anthem at the 2016 State Leadership & Skills Conference on Saturday, April 30th in front of a live audience of over 5,000 and to thousands that will be watching the live streaming feed online. (4/8/16)

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  • Dental students glowing after radiation exam

    Diman’s Dental Assisting students have dominated a national certification test once more. For the third year in a row, all 17 juniors have passed the Radiation Health and Safety Exam, the second of third steps for official Massachusetts Certification. (3/22/16)

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  • Diman Dental Assisting students ace the ICE

    Students in Diman's Dental Assisting Program outpaced national test takers in the Dental Assistant National Board Infection Control Exam (ICE) in Warwick, RI. Diman sophomores achieved a 94% pass rate in the 90-minute exam that typically has a nationwide 72% pass rate for high school post-graduates. (3/21/2013)

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  • Diman Dental Assisting students shine again

    Diman’s Dental Assisting students have excelled in a national certification test once more. This time, all 17 juniors have passed the Radiation Health and Safety Exam, the second of third steps for official Massachusetts Certification. (4/12/13)

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  • The season of giving at Diman

    Charity and giving is a year-round event at Diman, but the holiday season brings out additional efforts. In 2015, Diman is helping to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, give toys to the young, and assist the afflicted. Together, these efforts continue decades of holiday giving at Diman. (12/23/2015)

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  • Diman students take the bite out of dentist visits for local children

    A trip to the dentist won't be a frightening or painful experience for many youngsters participating in Citizens for Citizens' Head Start, thanks to the compassion of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. (3/14/2014)

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  • Diman Dental Assisting students perfect on second national exam

    One month after Diman’s Dental Assisting sophomores aced the ICE (Infection Control Exam), our juniors echoed the sophomores’ 100% pass rate when they all passed the Radiation Health and Safety Exam. The tests are the first two of three exams needed for certification as a dental assistant. (4/3/2014)

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