Our Dental Assisting Students Serve Community


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMorganton, NC – Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Dental Assisting students use their skills to serve the community in a variety of ways.  In celebration of March as Children’s Dental Health Month, WPCC students placed dental sealants on students from The North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD).  Nine NCSD students received several free dental services including dental exams, fluoride varnish, sealants, and homecare instructions totally an estimated dental care value of $4,900. The trip was sponsored by the NCSD Student Health, the NC Oral Health Section and the Burke County Teeth in Need program with the Good Samaritan Clinic.

WPCC Dental Assisting students also recently assisted local dentists and dental hygienists in a “Give Kids A Smile” event held in Hickory. During the two-day event, 47 students from St. Stephens Elementary School were treated on the North Carolina Baptist Men Medical Dental Bus. The event, sponsored by Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory, provided elementary students with dental exams, fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings, and extractions.

WPCC’s Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures.  Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.  To learn more about WPCC’s Dental Assisting program, contact Tammy Glover at 828-448-3545 or tglover@wpcc.edu

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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Registration for Summer semester is Tuesday, May 27.  Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.