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Registration Open for STCC Dental Radiology Course

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is accepting applications for a two-week dental radiology certificate training for dental assistants, the only program of its kind west of Boston.

This intensive two-week hybrid (online and clinical component) course trains dental assistants in the fundamentals of dental radiography. The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 10, 12, 17, and 19, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The online class will open Nov. 2. Participants must successfully complete the first two modules before the first lab on Nov. 10, and complete the last two modules by Nov. 17.

Offered through the Workforce Development Center at STCC, the course explores the basics of dental radiography, which includes X-ray physics, effects of radiation exposure, radiation protection, image receptors, digital radiography, dental radiographic anatomy, and intra- and extra-oral radiographic procedures.

Dental assistants who enroll in the program will gain experience exposing digital radiographs and correctly mounting them using a digital mount. This experience will be gained by hands-on exposure on a manikin and hands-on placement on both a manikin and a lab partner. A final laboratory competency consists of exposure and evaluation of a full-mouth series on a live patient selected by the student.

The STCC Workforce Development Center’s non-credit programs and classes meet the ever-changing technology and workforce demands of individuals, business, and industry in the region. For more information about the course and to enroll online, visit stcc.io/radiology, or call (413) 755-4225 with questions.