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  • Amanda Skuban

Amanda Skuban

  • Program: Dental Assisting

    Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Assisting National Board

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2007

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: I worked professionally as a dental assistant for two years before I began teaching at SCC.

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    My teaching philosophy is focused on creating a team learning environment which will allow for student engagement in the classroom and replication of the dental assisting workplace.  As instructors, we must take the time to care about our student’s needs and adapt to their different learning styles. In health care, it is necessary to critically think and be able to rationalize the next step of patient care. Giving positive, constructive feedback will help each student become competent and successful health care providers.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    At the age of 6, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. As time went on I developed a passion to provide care for others, specifically in dentistry. In 2004, after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, I found I still had a passion for dentistry. I went through this very program at SCC, worked in the dental field for several years and decided it would be great to do both teaching and still work in the dental field. With the help of the positive and influential instructors that I had going through the SCC Dental Assisting program, I knew this was the best fit for me.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    The primary mission of the Dental Assisting program is to meet a community need by preparing dental assistants committed to applying learned skills that they can utilize in a professional and ethical environment, which include legal boundaries of a diverse community. The Dental Assisting Program at SCC is accredited by the American Dental Association – Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    As a dental assistant I worked for an office that had 26 different doctors on staff. These doctors came from many different backgrounds and specialties within dentistry. The experience and knowledge that I gained from each one of them has helped me to have a broad-based knowledge of many different areas of dentistry.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program? 

    The Dental Assisting program at SCC is a full-time program that is completed in four quarters (12 months). It is offered face-to-face and online. The program not only requires that you have a strong work ethic, but that you come prepared for class and be professional at all times. There is a high demand for dental assistants in the state of Nebraska. Actually, many students receive job offers during their fourth-quarter clinical rotations. Within a years’ time, you will become a professional dental assistant ready to make an impact of each patient you see.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    What I enjoy most about working with my students is being able to see the positive impact I have on them as an instructor. Teaching hands-on skills that are new to each student and seeing them succeed is very rewarding. I also get to see the positive impact they have on their patients in the surrounding communities. It is a true pleasure to know that we are giving back and making a difference.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    I am very grateful for all of the opportunities that SCC provides me. I have met many new people from many different backgrounds. The faculty that I work with are not only the best of the best, but make it a joy to be at work every day.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    I have a proud moment every six months when our students graduate. Seeing them grow as a professional and walk across the stage with their diplomas is a proud moment for me every time.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

    I like to spend time with my family, camping, fishing, and golfing, going wherever the road takes us.