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STCC to Offer Dental Radiology Certificate Course Starting Oct. 6

SPRINGFIELD — Starting Tuesday, Oct. 6, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a two-week dental radiology certificate training course for dental assistants, the only program of its kind west of Boston.

This intensive, hybrid course, with online and clinical components, trains dental assistants in the fundamentals of dental radiography. The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6, 8, 13, and 15, from 5:45 to 9 p.m.

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.

For more information about the course and to enroll online, visit stcc.io/radiology. Call (413) 755-4225 with questions.