Stacy Buss, RDH
This program is designed for Juniors and Seniors with an interest in dental healthcare. The program offers students the opportunity to explore the dental health profession by providing hands-on experience and classroom instruction. Students will learn skills in chairside assisting, infection control, front office procedures, instrument identification, radiology safety, and laboratory procedures. Students will have the opportunity to become CPR certified and receive the dental radiology course certificate approved by the Utah Dental Advisory Board.
Students practice skills on each other. Students must have the Hepatitis B Vaccination Series and a current TB Test. They will complete a 90 hour clinical experience in a dental office that will require a commitment of 6.5 hours a week when they begin. Clinical hours must be completed with a satisfactory evaluation from the dentist and their staff. Students are responsible for their transportation to the dental office site. Students must maintain a classroom grade of 75% or higher in order to participate in the clinical experience. Students must demonstrate consistent attendance and punctuality; when students miss class it can be hard to catch up and they will miss out on group projects.
About the Instructor
Stacy Buss is a registered dental hygienist. Her love of dental began in 1996 when she started her career as a dental assistant. After just a year of clinical assisting she became an instructor. Stacy moved from Washington state in 2003 and absolutely loves UT. In 2006, she decided to further her career in the dental field and worked hard to become a dental hygienist. Since graduating, Stacy has been active in the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). Stacy is currently serving as Past-President of the Salt Lake component of the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association. She is also the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) for the hygiene department at Salt Lake Community College and a PAC member for Fortis College. Stacy enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog.