Northeast Iowa Community College shines light on homegrown dental talent

Northeast Iowa Community College recently marked Dental Assistants Recognition Week by shining the dental exam light on its homegrown dental assisting faculty members.

All six faculty members in the program are college alumni who returned to the Peosta, Iowa campus to teach and share knowledge with students who want to enter the field. This annual observance of Dental Assistants Recognition Week is tied to the theme “Patient Focused with Passion and Purpose.”

The graduation years of Dawn Klostermann, program director, Tina Adams, clinical coordinator, and instructors Jayne Anglin, Caitlyn Crawford, Nicole Nuehring and Nancy Schmidt run from 1974 to 2014.

All the instructors said students need to connect and share in their success as they work toward completing the 11-month program.

“The greatest joy for me is to watch a student evolve from quiet, tentative and a little fearful at the beginning of the school year to a self-assured, enthusiastic and skilled dental professional when she is ready to graduate,” Anglin said.

The college said graduates of the program perform tasks in dental offices such as prepping patients for cleanings, overseeing X-rays, managing patient records and setting up appointments. In 2016, all of the students in the program graduated and entered he workforce.

Once they complete the program, the graduates are eligible to take examinations to become registered dental assistants or certified dental assistants.

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