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Red Cross Starts Dental Assistant Training

Dental Nurses

PHOENIX (Dec. 4, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, in conjunction with Luke Air Force Base’s dental clinics, invites military ID card holders to apply for a free, seven-month dental assistant training program at Luke that’s designed to prepare people for entry-level positions.

“We’re seeking responsible, mature and reliable adults who will be dedicated to the training and to the vocation,” said Noreen Watts, the Service to the Armed Forces Manager for the Grand Canyon Chapter. “Military and civilian dental professionals will provide training and hands-on experience.”

As many as eight students accepted into the program will study customer service and administration, CPR, dental theory and terminology. They’ll also learn how to chart, and they’ll become educated in sterilization and dental instruments; material and procedures; four-handed dental assisting; and X-ray procedures. The program is geared toward those without dental assisting experience, and it requires 62 hours of in-class coursework and 1,000 hours of chair-side training at a pre-assigned dental clinic.

Classroom training begins Feb. 7, 2013. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. To obtain an application, call 602-347-6515. There will be a final written and practical examination, and completion of the program doesn’t guarantee employment.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.