Dental Assistant Students Recognized

Centura College Dental Assistant Students Recognized at the North Chesterfield (Richmond) Campus

Dental Assisting Recognition Week was observed nationwide during the week of Sunday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 9th, but for students and instructors in the dental assisting program at the Centura College Midlothian campus, the celebration got underway early. On Friday, February 28th, they traveled to the Chimborazo Medical Museum, a historical landmark located in Richmond, Virginia’s Church Hill district. The museum exists on the former site of Chimborazo Hospital, which was one of the nation’s largest military hospitals during the Civil War.  During the trip, students saw dental instruments and other medical equipment that had been used over 150 years ago and watched a short film about the treatments that over 75,000 soldiers received during their stays there. During Dental Assisting Recognition Week, the students prepared for the Virginia Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy dental care event that will happen on Saturday, June 15th at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

The students also participated in Skills Day, an on-campus event that provided dental polishing, flossing, fluoride treatments, exams and goodie bags to other students and staff members at the Midlothian campus.

Guest speakers, including representatives from Kerr Dental Products, DENTSPLY International, Richmond Dental Society and dental hygienists and office managers, appeared throughout the week to provide motivating thoughts about working in the dental field. During their lectures, they shared first-hand information about what it takes to be a dental assistant.

And, last but not least, the students who were already on their externships were not forgotten, since their sites invited them to lunch and let them participate in staff meetings during that week.

Originally written by:  Deborah Barry, Centura College – N. Chesterfield, Virginia


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