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Dental Assisting Program

The CCRI Dental Assisting Program will provide educational opportunities to empower students to become competent dental assistants who both assist with and perform quality comprehensive care in an ethical, interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive manner. We promote lifelong learning and community service. We are committed to educating dental health professionals who can function as a member of the dental health team and are able to perform the roles of clinician, change agent, health promoter and educator. The program prepares graduates to meet the future oral health needs of a culturally diverse society within a changing healthcare system.

  • Goal #1: Prepare students for professional careers as Dental Assisting National Board, Certified Dental Assistants, in accordance with the program competencies, DANB’s Code of Professional Ethics and Rhode Island State Law and Rules and Regulations.
  • Goal #2: Provide the public and the dental community with competent, caring dental assistants, prepared to assist with and perform expanded functions and comprehensive care in a variety of clinical settings and to be active members of the dental health team.
  • Goal #3: Educate and train students with the academic knowledge and skill competence, to successfully complete the DANB Certified Dental Assistant Examination and to become lifelong learners in the dental field.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty
Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Kerri H. Friel
Program Director
Flanagan 2374 401-333-7277 kfriel@ccri.edu
Tara Swift
Assistant Professor
Flanagan 2375 401-333-7244 tswift@ccri.edu
Adjunct Faculty
Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Lori-Ann DiGregorio Flanagan     ldigregorio1@ccri.edu
Audra Lavoie
Flanagan     amlavoie@ccri.edu
Meredith Miller
Flanagan     mlmiller@ccri.edu
Janice Schmitz
Flanagan  2371  401-333-7225 jischmitz@ccri.edu
Aubrie Viera
Flanagan     amviera@ccri.edu
Assisting Staff
Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Sarah Luther
Paraprofessional
Flanagan 1163 401-333-7355  sluther@ccri.edu
Karen Souza
Department Secretary
Flanagan (near 2374) 401-333-7438 ksouza2@ccri.edu

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Dental Assistant Program

CCRI's Dental Assisting Program prepares students to become DANB Certified Dental Assistants. Dental assisting is among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in the United States. As a dental assistant, you will not only enjoy increased opportunities in a growing field, you will also enhance the efficiency of a dental care team. (More from DANB)

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Dental Hygienist Program

If you like helping people, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, and are interested in helping to prevent disease while assisting patients to maintain their health, a career as a dental hygienist may be for you. Dental hygienists are important members of the dental health care team who work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients. They use their interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct patients on methods to prevent oral disease and to maintain oral health. (More from the RIDA)

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