Teacher Spotlight- Ms. Foland

What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“New sterilization center equipment. Hydrim Instrument washer, which can remove debris and disinfect instruments before sterilization. Class B sterilizer, which sterilizes instruments faster and newer technology that can help with better quality control to ensure better sterilization of instruments.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“2-4 years of schooling for Dental Hygiene, continue on for expanded functions dental assistant (EFDA) certification, or go straight into working as a dental assistant.”


What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?

“Vocabulary and dental terminology. Head and neck anatomy can be challenging. The concepts and a lot of the memorization of information is difficult.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“A typical day would start with a period of theory and then skills. Notes and vocabulary is usually every day. Each week we cover a chapter and at the conclusion of the week students test on the content. We do evaluation of the material 5-7 days.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming here?

“Nine years, I worked as an expanded functions dental assistant for 15 years. I was an instructor for HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) and dental assistant lab/clinical instructor for eight years.”


What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

“You should continue your education. This field is always changing and advancing. Be helpful and caring to your patients. They deserve your best.”

Student Spotlightprogram spotlight- april 2018

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“We learn a variety of things including, sterilization, disinfection, radiology and anatomy of the head and neck, just to name a few.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“I would say the hardest part is memorizing the terminology and trying to perfect evaluations.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Learning new techniques that will prepare us for a future in the dental field, especially the hands on evaluations in the lab.”


What recent technology are you learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“We just recently learned how to properly use Patterson Eagle Software, which allows us to record and document changes in oral conditions. We also have digital radiology, which allows us to display x-rays on the computer screen.”


What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“Learning how to mix dental materials.”


What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

“We are proud to learn everything we are taught, because we know when we graduate we will be one step closer in a college setting, or prepared for an office setting.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“My level attends Social Studies, and then when we return to our program we change into our scrubs, get our books and get ready to do lab work or our book work.”


How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“It is very different! Learning about the profession we want to major in feels much more beneficial and fulfilling. It will better prepare for a specific future goal.”

What advice would you give to a beginning level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

“It is an amazing program for someone who is interested in the dental field. Whether you want to be a dentist, dental assistant, hygienist, or even a receptionist in a dental office! Enjoy your time here while it lasts, because it will be the best decision you could make for yourself in high school.”