"You get to sit down with the patient, see how we interact," he said, "and get those hand skills. You can't learn hand skills reading a book. Working with your hands is the biggest part of dentistry."
Dr. Ken Jones, dental director at River Hills' dental clinic, says that this type of hands-on learning is crucial for Clark and these students as they look for jobs after graduation.
"Every dentist practices a little bit differently, so getting a variety of techniques will be better for her when she gets done," Jones added.
Graduates of the IHCC Dental Assisting program will be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). For dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, national DANB certification may be earned as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
This is the second dental clinical student River Hills has had this year. In February, a student from the University of Iowa dental school did his five-week extramural rotation, which is a requirement in their senior year.
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