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Kara Stolfus, Dental Assisting Student
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Have you ever had someone tell you “I Love Your Smile?”

MCC Dental Assisting Student Kara Stolfus will tell you that every smile interests her.  She just started the dental assisting program on the Bullhead City Campus.

Kara Stolfus, Dental Assisting Student

Kara Stolfus, Dental Assisting Student

Kara explained how her first day was hands-on with the equipment and tools. She was surprised they were able were to jump in so quickly! One tip she can give to those looking to apply, “Get up-to-date with your CPR card and all required vaccines.”

“People who are looking to obtain something quickly or seeking to further their career in the dental world, I recommend this program,” she said.  “This program is 9 months long for full time students and longer for those going part time.”

You’re able to pursue full time or part time with this program (Your Own Pace).  If you’re unsure about taking all the required prerequisites for the dental hygiene program, the dental assisting path allows you to get your foot in the door and explore.  “This way you’ll have the option of having a certificate in dental assisting and get a job in the industry, then if you want to, you could come back for dental hygiene,” she said.

Kara is giving her all 3-4 times per week between class and clinics.  Clinicals are located throughout the tri-state area. Her priority right now is to complete all 91 hours of clinics. Her most interesting class so far has been radiography.

She feels every x-ray is going to improve a person’s dental experience and help improve their life.  Here’s a list of just some of what she’s learning:

  • Quality patient care
  • Sterilization
  • How to operate equipment
  • Accurately relay information to employees and patients
  • Assist the dentist and hygienist
  • Process x-rays
  • Complete lab tasks
  • Obtain records
  • Send out bills
  • Schedule appointments
  • File paperwork
  • Prepare necessary materials for dental impressions, restorations and temporary fillings
  • Remove sutures & cement
  • Place dental dams for isolation of teeth

After earning her certificate, she’ll decide if she wants to pursue becoming a dental hygienist.  Want more tips and information?  Head to the dental assisting web page. 

Good luck Kara, I’m sure we will see you at a dental office, dental clinic, or hospital in the future.


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