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Note: All campuses are open and Fortis has transitioned to online and remote delivery of classes for all students. Fortis' admissions team has also transitioned to remote interview and enrollment, so prospective students do not need to visit the campus at this time.
More info can be found here: https://www.fortis.edu/online-transition.html.
At FORTIS, students are provided the skills and training needed to enter careers in industries that have employment opportunity over time. What industries you ask? FORTIS offers career education and training programs in the nursing, healthcare, medical, dental, business, information technology, skilled trades, massage and cosmetology career fields. That makes Fortis a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with a wide variety of educational choices!
FORTIS provides education and training for qualified applicants with the desire to better their career opportunities regardless of previous educational background.
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The Expanded Functions Dental Assistant [EFDA] program is designed to prepare students for entry-level dental careers working alongside dentists. Skills taught in the EFDA program include placing dental restorations under the direct supervision of a dentist. The expanded functions dental assistant program also prepares students to assist the dentist chairside or to work in the operatory or treatment room with the dentist. The chairside dental assistant mixes and prepares dental impression and restorative materials, evacuates debris and extraneous materials from the oral cavity, and prepares the operator for procedures including instrument tray and anesthesia set-ups as required by the dentist.
In the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant courses at Fortis, students are taught to expose, process and mount dental radiographs (x-rays). Learn to perform dental instrument sterilization duties and prepare cases to be sent to an outside laboratory. The expanded functions dental assistant may perform some dental laboratory procedures within the office and is often the person responsible for infection control and sterilization requirements as set forth in government regulations and guidelines. The EFDA program at Fortis also prepares students in the various administrative and clerical procedures required in a dental office including word processing, managing files and records, scheduling appointments, and handling other front office duties.
A career in dental hygiene is both fulfilling and challenging, making it a profession that continues to be in high demand. If you dream about being in a healthcare service profession that requires you to have extensive knowledge and clinical training, while being able to develop trusting relationships with patients, dental hygiene will be a great fit for you.
The tasks hygienists perform, and the extent that they must be supervised by a dentist, will vary by state and place of employment. However, in general, dental hygienists typically do the following, which are skills you will learn in our dental hygienist program:
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