Dental Assistant Program Coordinator
The Dental Assistant Program Coordinator will be part of the Dental Assistant Program at Briya Public Charter School, a Tier One Public Charter School that consistently achieves the highest educational outcomes through its innovative programming.
Throughout the Dental Assistant Program, instructors teach and assist students in gaining hands-on practice with clinical lab skills. Instructors also help students gain proficiency in administrative skills, including updating patient records and coding insurance forms. Students graduate from this 12-15 month program prepared for careers as Certified Dental Assistants, who work alongside Dentists and Hygienists in dental offices.
Briya offers the program in collaboration with its longtime partner, Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, thereby providing students with embedded learning opportunities with Mary’s Center dental staff. Students also complete a 160-hour externship and participate in test-prep sessions that equip them to pass the nationally recognized Certified Dental Assistant exam.
In addition to the Dental Assistant Program, Briya offers a Medical Assistant Program, Child Development Associate Program, and a Two-Generation Program in which adults acquire English, digital literacy, and parenting skills while their young children attend Briya’s high-quality early childhood program.
Dental Assistant Program Coordinator Functions: The Dental Assistant Program Coordinator will be responsible for academic, programmatic, and administrative coordination of the new Dental Assistant Training Program.
- Manage the accreditation process. Track and evaluate accreditation annual report thresholds, such as: retention, job placement, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and student certification.
- Facilitate curriculum development. Ensure curriculum follows accreditation guidelines set by the AMT and CODA. Revise core curriculum plan, in accordance with Mary’s Center identified needs and accreditation guidelines.
- Serve as liaison between Briya and Mary’s Center staff. Identify and select key program instructors/guest speakers.
- In collaboration with the Briya Workforce Registration Team, register students for the program, participate in the interview process, and manage the student selection process. Maintain student retention through administrative, academic, and connection to student social services, as needed. Provide students with an orientation, induction ceremony, and graduation ceremony.
- Ensure classroom materials and equipment are provided. Ensure safety and sanitation of all labs, equipment and supplies.
- Provide support and supervision to Dental Assistant Instructors.
- Offer opportunities for students to participate in study sessions, math and/or reading tutoring as needed.
- Provide skills nights.
- Lead master competency skills review sessions.
- Facilitate Certified Dental Assistant exam preparation. Ensure weekly quizzes/final module exams and make-up quizzes/final module exams (as needed) are developed using the Certified Dental Assistant exam format and covering the material taught in class. Offer opportunities for students to learn test-taking and reading strategies in the classroom, during tutoring sessions, in workshops, and/or during the summer CDA exam review course. Organize the CDA exam review course for students.
- Facilitate the internship and externship program coordinating with the Mary’s Center Director of Nursing and the Nurse Managers. Develop clinical rotation schedules and send frequent reminder notices to all parties for the upcoming internships. Ensure the clinical assignments are developed and reviewed with the students and staff prior to the internship. Develop partnerships with clinics, schools, hospitals, etc. where students can complete their externship. Manage the selection process for where students will be placed. Check-in regularly with key staff and students concerning the internships and externships. Evaluate the internship/externship program getting feedback from key stakeholders and use input for program improvement.
- Collect student evaluation data. Track and evaluate accreditation annual report thresholds including: retention, job placement, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and student certification.
- Review student test data and prepare and instruct students in review course material.
- With workforce development coordinator, plan educational, training and coaching activities for DA instructors around identified areas of focus.
- Lead, attend and participate in team meetings.
- Contribute to building a positive team spirit, put success of the team above own interests, support everyone’s efforts to succeed, work well in multidisciplinary team setting.
Dental Assistant Curriculum and Program Design Functions: The Dental Assistant Program Coordinator will design the Dental Assistant Curriculum and Program in alignment with Briya policies and procedures.
- Develop the DA curriculum in accordance with AMT, CODA, and DANB guidelines and Mary’s Center identified needs including Office Assisting Skills, Clinical Procedures, Dental Sciences, and Dental Radiology.
- Develop syllabi for program modules with clear course expectations, evaluations and timelines following the sample syllabus provided.
- Develop daily lesson plans that include objectives, instructional activities with differentiated instruction, and assessment that target the skills & knowledge needed to successfully pass the Certified Dental Assistant exam.
- Develop lessons that provide quality instruction, foster an academic learning climate, actively support teaching and learning, and that implement the curriculum with fidelity.
- Develop Smart Board presentations, materials, and classroom activities to follow principles of adult education integrating effective strategies that provide opportunities for student learning and active engagement in the learning process.
- Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools, technologies, and resources to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective Dental Assistants.
- Develop curriculum materials/lesson plans include:
- Checklist of competency skills to be mastered in the classroom and/or in the clinical setting.
- Clinical assignments.
- Differentiated homework assignments.
- Practice question items for each module to prepare students for the DA exam.
- Weekly quizzes and make-up quizzes (as needed) developed using the DA exam format and covering the material taught in class.
- Final module exams and make-up exams (as needed) developed using the DA exam format and covering the material taught in class.
- Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities. Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs.
- Develop curriculum materials that meet the needs of students at risk of academic failure or students not making reasonable progress toward obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Instructor Functions: The Dental Assistant Instructor will be responsible for providing instruction to Briya students through well-prepared classes, appropriate assignments, evaluation and documentation of student progress, and supporting students’ academic success. The Instructor will be involved in curriculum development, revision, and lesson planning. Classroom activities will be designed following principles of adult education and prepare students to be successful in passing the Certified Dental Assistant exam. Instructors will be hired to teach entire modules, or individual lesson plans, depending on their skill sets and availability.
- Provide each student with clear course expectations, evaluations and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved, standardized syllabus. Ensure course and program learning outcomes are delivered as defined by the syllabus.
- Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.
- Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs.
- Teach the Dental Assistant classes 1-2 nights a week as needed.
- Suitably challenge, engage, serve and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect.
- Ensure consistent student attendance and report repeat absences to Dental Assistant Program Coordinator.
- Review and score student homework assignments. Administer weekly quizzes with questions designed in the format of the DA exam. Prepare and administer final module exam or contribute questions from individual lesson plans to be included in final exam.
- Provide regular updates to students on their progress. Develop individualized learning plans for students who need remedial academic support.
- Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs.
- Complete and submit grades, competency skills checklists, and final exam scores to the Dental Assistant Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
Dental Assistant Program Coordinator/Instructor Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree, or Associates degree and relevant work experience
- Preference given for current professional CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), Dental Hygienist, and Dentist.
- Demonstrated ability to teach in ways that are interactive, project-based, and promote self-discovery and critical thinking
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team
- Commitment to develop and contribute to a community of educators
- 3-5 years of related practical work/clinical experience, preferably in a community health care setting
- Ability to teach classes in English, with preference for instructors who also have Spanish language skills in order to support students
- Superior knowledge in key dental assistant subject areas including Office Assisting Skills, Clinical Procedures, Dental Sciences, and Dental Radiology.
- Must be knowledgeable in course content, as evidenced by education and/or experience, effective in directing and evaluating student learning and laboratory performance, and be prepared in education theory and techniques
- Prior experience training Dental Assistants, or other medical staff
- Two years of work experience as a Dental Assistant, or another clinical role
- Knowledge of healthcare industry and awareness of trends
- Strong organizational skills
- Expertise in interpersonal and oral presentation/written communication skills
Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out moderately complex, multi-step instructions and make appropriate independent decisions as necessary.
Physical Demands – Regularly required standing, walking, and sitting, sometimes for many hours at a time; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment – Mostly in a typical office and classroom setting with quiet to moderate noise level.
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