coming from the
east and traveling west:
coming from the west and
||03 - Hallway
|05 - Back of Classroom
||06 - Front of Classroom
||07 - Sterilization Station
||08 - Autoclave Unit
|09 - Lab Area
||10 - Back
||12 - Film Processor
This is the front door to our office. We're the door on the right
with the teeth on it. Please feel free to let yourself in.
Once you enter the front door pictured above you'll enter a small
vestibule. Again, feel free to let yourself in. There is a
doorbell that will ring automatically as you enter (in case we're in
#3: After you enter through the second door (see picture #2
above), you'll see this hallway.
On your right just past the cabinets are some hangars if you'd like to
hang up a coat or jacket. Along the left wall (and elsewhere in
the office) you'll see a number of photographs taken by our office
manager Emil Villanueva.
This is where the office opens up. There are two main parts of
the office. Here in the front is the classroom, which you can begin to
see in this picture. A fuller picture of the classroom is shown
This is a view of our classroom from the back. As you can see
there are only four tables. We purposely keep our classes
small. This will provide you with a more personal touch.
Our staff will get to know you as a person and never simply as a number. With small
class sizes you'll also have the opportunity to get to know us better and have
more time to ask questions.
This is a view from the front of our classroom. Again a
small class size allows more time for discussions and
questions. Our largest class is capped at a maximum of 16
students, while our Introductory
Dental Assisting course is capped at a maximum of only 3 students!
This is our sterilization station located in the back of the office
the classroom. An essential part of being a good dental assistant
includes knowledge of infection control procedures. The
station helps students to develop a sense of familiarity with the
equipment and materials you'll find in an actual dental office.
Part of the sterilization station is our autoclave unit,
which is an important (though not the only) means of sterilizing dental
materials and instruments. The tubs and trays above the counter
include the materials needed to perform a majority of dental assisting
In the lab area, students learn how to mix impression materials
and make stone reproductions of teeth.
Also in the back office, behind the classroom, are a few computer
stations where both staff and students work. Students can take
practice exams on these computers that are designed to help prepare you for both
the content and feel of taking one of the actual exams you'll need to
pass in order to obtain your dental x-ray license, CDA
and/or RDA license. In the middle of this picture is the entrance
to the staff office where you can frequently find our office manager Emil Villanueva.
#11: This is Fletchette. She is a mannequin that
our students use to practice taking actual (live) radiographs
(x-rays) and performing other dental assisting procedures. Using
this setup, you'll have the opportunity to
develop a sense of comfort and familiarity with the equipment and
procedures that you'll be expected to use in an actual dental office.
In the Dental Radiology course, students will process (develop) the
actual radiographs that they take on Fletchette (our mannequin) using
the automatic film processor shown here.