First year students take up residence in Anchorage to begin their studies as Dental Health Aide Therapists. Training includes one year of classroom instruction in oral health principles and practices. Students become immersed in the didactic material, but also see real patients, both children and adults, providing diagnostic and preventive services. In addition, they perform fillings on the teeth of mannequins that serve as patients in the laboratory.
Ferdella J. SharpBased in Manokotak, AK
Employed by Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
“Is it worth it? That was my first thought when I heard of the opportunity to apply to DENTEX for the DHAT training. I am someone the people of Manokotak trusted to do any job put before me. But I had never done anything in the health field. So the encouragement I got for the community proved to me it was worth trying. It takes a steady hand and people skills to be an effective Dental Health Aide Therapist. My community’s faith in me—my future plans, and the confidence that I could be an effective Dental Health Aide Therapist— became reasons to answer my question, “Is it worth it?” with yes, it is!”