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.
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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!
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
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
Dental students at 2023 Yankee Dental Conference
Students and instructors from Diman's Dental Assisting program attended Yankee Dental Convention in Boston on Jan 26, 2023. In total, 36 students and four instructors explored over 100 exhibitor booths to speak to dental professionals and learn about new products and technologies in the dental field.
Diman just won a $2.5 million grant. Here's what they plan to spend it on.
Diman Regional has won a major grant that will bring new equipment to two programs in fast-growing industries. “For Diman to receive this amount of money is special,” said Andrew Rebello, the school’s principal. “This is really gonna expand the ceiling of opportunity for students.” (9/28/22)
Dental Assistant Spotlight- Hailey
Perfect Smiles is extremely fortunate to have a close relationship with Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River, MA. The relationship has been something that was in the making since the inception of the Dental Assisting Program in September of 1998. (4/8/21)
‘Top notch’ work from Diman students on key piece of city infrastructure
A group of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School students saw the fruits of their labors materialized in a dramatic way on Friday when a project they had worked on for a year -- replacing vital sluice gates that help control the flow of water from the Quequechan River -- became an integral part of the city’s infrastructure for decades to come. (7/10/20)
Giving kids smiles
The Dental Assisting and Health Assisting shops hosted approximately 125 head start children in “Give Kids a Smile” during the month of February, honoring children’s dental health month. (2/14/20)
Strong, Smart, and Bold
Diman students recently had the opportunity to enjoy a visit from Lyndsey Littlefield, the current Miss Massachusetts. She spoke to students in the Dental Assisting, Health Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Business Technology Shops. (1/9/20)