Dental Assistant Trainee Program - Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)


Dental Assistant Trainee Program

The Dental Assistant Trainee Program was developed in collaboration with Trenholm State Technical College. The trainees rotate through the dental clinics usually in pairs for 2 to 3 weeks. During the rotation, the students will be provided with clinical training in all aspects of dental assisting.

The rotation covers the following key areas and topics:

  • the history of dentistry and dental assisting;
  • an introduction to oral anatomy;
  • dental equipment;
  • introduction to tooth structure;
  • primary and permanent teeth;
  • the oral cavity and related structures;
  • proper patient positioning' dental hand-pieces;
  • sterilization and other areas.

Send completed processing packet to the following address:

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
ATTN: Dr. Catherine Key
8105 Veterans Way
Montgomery, AL 36117 

For assistance contact Dr. Key at:  or
(334) 272-4670 ext.1169


NOTE: Incomplete student processing packets will not be processed and you will not be able to start your clinical training on time.

Upon receipt of your forms, our Human Resources department will contact you to arrange a time for you to come to the facility for fingerprinting and other entry processing requirements.

  • One government issued photo ID (i.e. driver license, military ID, passport) and one non-photo ID (see list on VA Form 0711, page 5, item 4 above). 
  • Permanent Resident Card (if applicable). 
  • Vehicle Registration and proof of insurance (if applying for a VA parking permit).  

If we are not able to have your fingerprints completed at least 2 weeks prior to your start date it may prolong your educational experience here at CAVHCS.






Join the Dental Assistant Trainee Program at CAVHCS in the VA!

CAVHCS Trainee Programs


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Dental Assistant Trainee Program
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EKG Technician Trainee Program
Geriatrics Residency
Medical Laboratory Technology Training Program
Nursing Training Program
Occupational Therapy Trainee Program
Optometry Externship Program
Pharmacy Student Training Program
Physical Therapy Training Program
Podiatry Residency
Psychology Internship Program
Radiography Trainee Program
Recreation Therapy Program
Social Work Program
Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Trainee Program


John Harris, DDS
Chief, Dentistry
215 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL 36109-3798
Phone: (334) 272-4670,
ext. 4450
Fax: (334) 260-4191



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