Red Cross Dental Assistant Program returns to Edwards

Air Force photograph by Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong

Staff Sgt. Brittney Fields, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Dental Flight, works on a patient at the Edwards AFB, Calif., Dental Clinic.

The American Red Cross, in conjunction with the 412th Medical Group Dental Flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently announced the next dental assistant training class beginning April 9.

The extensive training program is designed to prepare participants for employment in the local community as well as all areas of the United States and abroad. The course consists of two weeks of classroom training, followed by 1,000 hours of chairside training.  Students must be available to complete all of the course requirements within a six-month time span.

Additional duties consist of assisting dental officers in general dentistry, limited specialties and performing administrative duties normally associated with a dental practice.

Applicants must be 18 years or older with access to Edwards AFB (independent of the Red Cross).

Additionally, applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate while being reliable and willing to commit to the 1,000 hour training.

Application process
* Visit the American Red Cross website at to complete a Red Cross volunteer application.  Once complete, visit the Edwards AFB Dental Clinic between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive the official application packet. All packets must be completed and turned in to the dental clinic by March 22. 

* The dental program will contact applicants to schedule interviews prior to beginning the program.

Applicants should be aware that childcare will not be provided for volunteers in this program. Also, Red Cross Dental Assistant Program students are not paid positions.

For more information or questions, contact Master Sgt. Felicia Callen at the Edwards AFB Dental Clinic at 661-277-2872.