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HDAA Dental program prepares students for careers in dental assisting in a variety of settings including general and specialty practices, dental clinics and hospitals. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce with knowledge, skills, and confidence. Students will learn front and back dental office skills, dental office management, emergency procedures, chairside assisting, radiology, and effective interpersonal communication.
HDAA students will develop the skills to:
HDAA looks to bridge the gap between qualified assistants and the workforce. The HDAA program offers convenient Thursday classes at a fast-paced, intense, 15-week schedule that includes didactic instruction, laboratory, and hands-on training in an actual dental office setting. In addition, the program provides 80 hours of externship.
The demand for dental assistants is strong and on the rise across Hawaii and the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to increase by 25% from the years 2012 to 2022.
Mercie Uy is a graduate of Dentistry in Manila, Philippines. She has been a dental assisting and healthcare instructor for more than 15 years and a Dental Program Director more than 6 years. She also has over 20 years’ experience in a dental office as an office manager and dental assistant trainer. Mercie Uy believes that knowledge, training, skills and enthusiasm are the keys to a well satisfying and successful career.