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Dental Assisting and Health Assisting classes for adults at Nashoba Tech

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WESTFORD — Dental Assisting and Health Assisting are two of the fastest growing fields in the workforce, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Commonwealth Dept of Labor.

Growth rates for CNA are at 37 percent, while dental assisting is nearing 29 percent.

Nashoba Tech will offer two classes to those looking for career transition, mid-career growth or simply looking to begin in the medical field.

Health Assisting is a 75-hour course leading to a certificate of completion that allows successful candidates to sit for the American Red Cross Certified Nurse Assisting test. Those who successfully complete the test are employable as CNAs and often continue in the medical field with study for LPN or RN. A successful CNA will earn up to $18/hour with a path to full-time and benefited employment at hospitals, in home care, in clinics and labs and more. This class is taught by experienced teachers and RNs and is approved by the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Health.

Dental Assisting offers 40 hours toward a the Certified Dental Assisting criteria as put forth by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Those who enroll will be eligible for entry level positions in the dental office with their infection control, and radiology certification (a part of this program).

Amanda D’Angelo, Nashoba Tech faculty, will teach the course, and promises “this course opens doors!”

Successful completion of the CDA requirements includes 3,400 hours of employment in the dental office.

“This class helps students with those first credentials to enter this growing field,” she said.

Those who follow this path of study are also eligible to transition to many other medical fields — all offering growth and employment stability. Some areas include general dentistry, pediatric and geriatric dentistry, periodontal and endodontic work, as well as lab work. The beginning salary in this field is between $16-$18 per hour.

For information call 978-692-4711 ext. 1001 or visit the web site: www.nashobatech.net — under Community Education.

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