ACC Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting student Nancy Santos goes through innovative sterilization process with a tray containing dental equipment.

Faculty in the Dental Assisting department at Alamance Community College on April 16 demonstrated to representatives of Impact Alamance how equipment purchased by a grant the non-profit awarded the school is helping to train students.

Impact Alamance last year awarded ACC’s Dental Assisting department a $29,002 grant to upgrade technology to ensure students possess needed skills for the dental workforce. Last week’s tour in the College’s dental clinic welcomed Marcy Green, Impact Alamance Vice President of Programs, and Sydney Simmons, Elon Year of Service Fellow who is interning with Impact Alamance.

New sterilization equipment financed by the grant permits ACC’s public dental clinic to more efficiently and safely sterilize instruments. Consequently, the campus dental clinic projects the faster prep time has resulted in adding more patient appointment times to the daily treatment schedule, thereby increasing access to dental care for the local community.

The Impact Alamance grant specifically pays for:

  • $8,838 Scican Hydrim, which resembles a dish washer, and is the first step to efficiently and safely process instruments before moving to the next step of sterilization;
  • $6,014 Midmark UltraClave Automatic Sterilizer, which optimizes the supply of available sterile instruments by reducing the time and effort required for sterilization;
  • $14,150 Sterilization Cabinet

“Our Dental Assisting program strives to give each student the training they need to keep up with the continued technological advances seen in the field,” said Joanna Roberts, Department Head.

Said David Frazee, Dean of Health and Public Services: “It is so critical that we expose our students to state-of-the-art equipment so that they will be fully prepared for what they will encounter in the workplace. We are so fortunate to have grant-funded opportunities like these from Impact Alamance and our ACC Foundation, which helps to offset the very high cost of dental equipment. It is only because of both these organizations that we are able to keep current with the continuously changing technology within the dental field.”