CCRI Offers Free Dental Assistant and Patient Support Specialist Training Programs

These training programs are designed to give students real experience in the medical field where they can learn the basics of the job and gain valuable experience.

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The Community College of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training have joined together to offer students free Workforce Dental Assistant and Patient Support Specialist training programs. These training programs are designed to give students real experience in the medical field where they can learn the basics of the job and gain valuable experience. They are the latest additions to CCRI’s Division of Workforce Partnerships healthcare offerings, which also include the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Pharmacy Technician II and various incumbent healthcare training programs. No experience is necessary for either program and only a GED or high school diploma is required.

“We’re excited to expand our healthcare offerings at the college,” says Cody Fino, director of industry partnerships for CCRI’s Division of Workforce Partnerships. “These programs are an incredible opportunity for students to gain new skills within an industry that was severely impacted by the effects of COVID-19.”

Applications are currently open. The thirteen-week-long dental assistant program begins on October 12 and is held online and in-person at the Comprehensive Action Program Dental Clinic in Coventry. The training is four days a week with two days being an online lecture and two days being in-person labs or clinical. The patient support specialist training program begins on September 28 and is an eight-week program that meets two days a week and is held completely online.

Fill out a program inquiry form found on the CCRI Workforce Healthcare website or Cody Fino at cjfino@ccri.edu for more information.

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