Dental Careers I

SCED Code: 14054
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 11
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
CTSO: HOSA-Future Health Professionals
Non-Traditional?: M

Students are introduced to careers in dentistry, including dentist (general and specialist), dental hygienist, dental assistant (I and II), dental laboratory technician, and dental receptionist. Students practice and learn many of the skills utilized in these professions while attaining the skills necessary to become entry-level dental assistants. Study includes infection control, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards; anatomy and physiology; tooth morphology; oral histology; preventive dentistry; applied psychology; effective communication; office administration and management; use of dental software; operative dentistry techniques; and dental materials/laboratory skills. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Suggested Prerequisites: Biology (4310), Chemistry (4410), and Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8302)


This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Diagnostic Services
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Support Services
Therapeutic Services
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dentists, General
  • Medical Assistants
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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