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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2016

Dental Assisting Program Receives Six-Year Accreditation

 

Moreno Valley College's Dental Assisting Program has received a six-year accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In its letter to President Sandra Mayo, Ed.D., the CODA gave the program a clear-bill of health. The program's next accreditation process will take place in 2022. Patrice Renfrow, manager, Allied Dental Education Commission on Dental Accreditation, said no further reporting requirements were needed after citing the program for its "high quality of education." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

"In taking this action, the CODA is recognizing that MVC's Dental Assisting Program is excellent," Robin Steinback, vice president, Academic Affairs, said. "We are fortunate to have exemplary program leadership, teaching faculty and support staff. We also enjoy tremendous support of local employers of our graduates, alumni of the program, and from the many professionals who donate their time and effort as members of the program advisory committee who ensure our graduates are forward thinking and the program of study is leading edge."

Each fall semester, the program enrolls 24 students. The program, which began in 2006, requires a full-time commitment for 10 consecutive months (fall and spring semesters and winter intersession). Students learn all aspects of patient care, such as office and laboratory duties, dental radiology, oral health education, implementing infection control, providing post-operative instructions, taking impressions, and communicating with patients. The U.S. Department of Labor expects a 25 percent growth rate for dental assistants until the year 2022, with an average pay scale of $34,500.

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