Drury University partners with Cass Community Health Foundation’s Cass County Dental Clinic to provide an opportunity for Dental Assistant training

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Harrisonville, MO, March 1, 2024 – A new partnership between Drury GO, Drury University’s evening and online program, and the Cass Community Health Foundation’s Cass County Dental Clinic will bring a dental assistant pre-certification program to Harrisonville.

“High-demand employment opportunities are vital for both our students and the community. This Dental Assistant program not only addresses a critical need in healthcare but also provides a fast-track pathway for individuals to enter this growing field,” said James Ackerman, Senior Associate Vice President for Drury GO.

The Dental Assistant program can be completed in ten weeks, preparing students for entry-level positions in a fast-growing healthcare profession. With a national shortage of healthcare professionals, the demand for dental assistants is on the rise. This program covers various areas, including clinical dentistry, radiology, infection control, and administrative skills. Students who complete this program will be prepared to take the industry-recognized certification exams essential for employment in the dental assistant profession.

“Cass Community Health Foundation is excited to partner with Drury University to provide career opportunities for dental assistants, an important role in the oral health care space,” said Cynthia Randazzo, President & CEO, Cass Community Health Foundation. “Our safety net dental clinic staff will offer instruction that is informed by the day-to-day activity at both Cass County Dental Clinic locations in Belton and Harrisonville. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete externships at our clinic or other dentist offices and gain experience that will better prepare them for joining the oral health workforce. This innovative partnership benefits our community by filling an increasing need for dental assistants and improving oral health for our neighbors.”

The program also provides optional volunteer externship opportunities, allowing students to gain valuable hands-on experience and making them more competitive in the job market. They will have the chance to collaborate with local companies, agencies, and organizations, aligning their work with their area of study.

All classes will be held at the Drury Harrisonville campus (512 Westchester Ave, Harrisonville, MO 6470) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The program is eligible, to those who qualify, for the Missouri Fast Track Grant or SkillUP funding, potentially making education free.

Enrollment for the program is currently open, with classes scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Those interested in the program are invited to attend the upcoming information session on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Harrisonville Drury Campus or reach out to Regional Director Jeanette Flanner at 816-793-0075 or for more information.


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