Dental Assisting Practicum

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center - Garland ISD

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Class Information

Why Choose Dentistry?

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Work in an interactive environment
  • Help others improve their health
  • Perform hands-on work
  • Everyday is different
  • Job stability
  • Advancement opportunities


GRCTC Pathway Example:

Course Overview

The dental assisting program is designed to allow senior level clinical students the opportunity to begin learning fundamental knowledge and skills needed within the field of dentistry. The information obtained, while in the dental assisting practicum, can be directly applied towards future dental careers including dental assistant, dental hygienist, Doctor of Dental Surgery, dental laboratory technician and specialties within the dental field. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding and knowledge of dental history, dental professions, dental anatomy, infection control, dental conditions/diseases, dental hygiene, professional dental communication, chair side dental techniques, dental charting, dental practice management, and more!

Instructor - Toni Pelayo, RDH

I am a dental hygienist with over 29 years experience working in dentistry and I am excited to mentor the next generation of dental clinicians. I love sharing with my students my past experiences including: improving someone's smile and life, patient interactions, and building patients' confidence. I graduated from Temple College and Texas A&M University, College Station. I received my dental training from DENTAC (Ft. Hood, TX), VA Hospital (Temple, TX), and McClennan County Public Health Department (Waco, TX). Please reach out to me if you have any specific questions.

Certification Exam

Exam Modules:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Infection Control
  • Radiology

Click HERE for more detailed information about the RDA Certification Exam.

GRCTC: Dental Assisting

Course Topics

  • Dental history
  • Ethics, jurisprudence, & HIPAA
  • Basic dental sciences
  • Clinical dental procedure
  • Dental radiography
  • Dental specialties
  • Restorative & laboratory materials and techniques
  • Dental practice management

Class Times

  • 7:15 - 10:15 am
  • 11:40 am - 2:40 pm (PM students will have an "A Lunch" before traveling to the center)

Transportation To/From GRCTC


Students are encouraged to join HOSA. Remember that you cannot join both your home campus HOSA chapter and the GRCTC HOSA chapter. Click HERE for more information.
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Spring Semester Off Campus Externship

  • Required off campus - students must provide their own transportation
  • Minimum of 55 clinical hours
  • Students must have health insurance coverage during spring externship

Total Cost - $230

  • Uniform - scrubs
  • State mandated vaccinations plus a flu vaccination and TB test for exposure
  • Drug screening
  • Liability insurance premium

Click HERE to view the detailed estimated expenses.

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Future Dentist Club - Texas A&M School of Dentistry, Dallas

Benefits of the Future Dentist Club (FDC)

The Future Dentist Club is for 6th through 12th graders. Activities include:

  • Dental activities
  • Meeting and talking to dental students
  • Cultural Competence seminar

Summer Pre-Dental Programs - Texas A&M School of Dentistry, Dallas

Social Media


  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • TikTok
  • Twitter
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GRCTC Dental Assisting

12th grade students of Garland ISD can earn their certification as a Registered Dental Assistant with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

GRCTC Open House

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 8am-3pm

4885 North President George Bush Highway

Garland, TX

Attention community members and business owners! Have your ever wanted to visit with the staff about partnerships or employing our students? Sign up for meeting with our teachers using the QR code on the flyer. We will also be offering building tours at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm.
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