Dental Careers II

SCED Code: 14054
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Dental Careers I
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
CTSO: HOSA-Future Health Professionals
Non-Traditional?: M

Units of study include medical emergencies, coronal polishing, oral pathology, dental radiology, nutrition, schedule IV drugs and pharmacology, and advanced laboratory techniques. In addition to attending classes for part of the week, students have the opportunity to participate in internships at local private dental offices and public health dental facilities, where they observe and/or participate in the delivery of dental care. During the program, students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Inc. (DANB); Radiation Health and Safety (RHS); Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology (AMP); and Infection Control (ICE) exams. Students who pass are qualified to work in entry-level dental assistant I and dental receptionist positions. After 3,500 hours in the field, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a certified dental assistant. Many graduates choose to continue their dental education at community colleges and universities. 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.

Note: Students must provide their own transportation to all work-based learning clinical sites.


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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