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MetroHealth Launches Dental Assistant Apprentice Program to Support Patient Needs, Provide Training and Potential Jobs


The MetroHealth System is starting a new dental assistant apprentice program that will educate and train potential dental assistants while paying them, with the goal of placing them in one of the System’s dental offices.

The shortage of dental assistants has impacted many hospitals and clinics across the country.

“During this pandemic, there have been a lot of dental assistants nationwide who have moved away from working in offices,” said Dr. Gregory Heintschel, Chair of Dental Medicine. “We’re starting this program to train our own dental assistants. We also want to create avenues for MetroHealth employees who want to move up, as well as open it to others who want to work in a clinical setting.”

Dental assistants work alongside dentists on procedures such as assisting with extractions, fabricating crowns, getting X-rays, doing fillings, root canals and other procedures.

MetroHealth’s Dental Assistant Apprentice Program will have up to 12 available slots. Trainees will rotate through several general dentistry and oral surgery clinics. While training, they’ll be paid MetroHealth’s minimum wage with full-time hours, plus the option to enroll in the System’s benefits programs.

In addition to a high school diploma, Dr. Heintschel says applicants should love to smile and provide support.

“You’ll be dealing with patients all day. Dentists do a lot of different procedures, so you need to catch on quickly and learn on the go. You should also be a good team player, as no one in this setting works alone.”

The Dental Assistant Apprentice Program is open to current MetroHealth employees and community members. Candidates can apply online. The application deadline for the first cohort is January 31.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. 

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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