Rina Napolitano-Nowka, RDH, MA
Radiology Curriculum Director/Instructor
Rina Nowka is a practicing dental hygienist for over 20 years. She received her RDH at Bergen Community College and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health Education from Montclair State University. For 9 years, Ms. Nowka was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at NYU College of Dentistry. Ms. Nowka worked for Colgate Oral Pharmaceutical as a Professional Sales Representative and National Trainer. She has published in the Journal of Dental Education and has lectured at numerous dental health related meetings.
Maria Brown, RDA
Vocational Director & Instructor
Maria Brown is a registered dental assistant, and has been a certified assistant in both general dentistry and orthodontics. Ms. Brown has spent several years as a treatment planning coordinator for a large multi-specialty dental group practice and has extensive experience presenting complex treatment plans to patients. Ms. Brown has attended numerous conventions all over the United States. She has acquired an exceptional knowledge of the educational and practice needs of dental health professionals. Ms. Brown has held the following positions in the dental field: dental assistant, orthodontic assistant, dental receptionist and dental office manager. She is currently one of the administrators for NJHPDI, having been involved in its development since inception. Ms. Brown also teaches Basic Life Support to Healthcare Providers.
This course is designed to present the basic principles of dental radiology. The student will be trained on the origin, production and utilization of radiation in dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of radiation safety and patient management.
The course includes: 25 lecture hours and 20 laboratory hours. The student will gain practical experience in exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs of diagnostic quality.
The Dental Radiology Course for Dental Assistants is accredited by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Successful completion of the course, passage of the Radiation Health and Safety exam, along with complete demonstration of live clinical radiological competence will fulfill the educational requirements for the NJ Limited Dental Radiologic Technologist Licensure.
NJHPDI has been recognized by the State of NJ as having one of the highest percentile passage rates (with a passing rate of 100% in 2017).
Mary DiLorenzo, RDA
Laboratory & Clinical Instructor
Mary DiLorenzo, CDA, RDA, is one of our Dental Radiology Lab Instructors, a certified dental assistant and an expanded functions dental auxiliary who has practiced in expanded functions for close to 20 years in New Jersey. She is presently the Clinical Manager for a large, multi-office, multi-specialty group dental practice in New Jersey. Having attended numerous dental conferences around the United States for many years, she is knowledgeable on the most up to date dental techniques, supplies and equipment. Due to Mary's excellent instructional skills, dental assistants have been able to excel in all areas of dental radiology including traditional, phosphor plates and sensors using multiple systems.
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DAYTIME COURSE (10 Week program)
Wednesdays 9:00am - 2:00pm
April 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018
October 3, 2018 - December 5, 2018
Advanced Registration $150 off by 8/31/18 for the October Program*
EVENING COURSE (12 Week Program)
Tuesdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm
July 10, 2018 - Sept 25, 2018
Advanced Registration $75 off by 6/15/18*
Cost of Attendance: $945
includes application fee, tuition and fees, books, supplies & lab fees
* To qualify for the advanced registration discount, a completed application along with all necessary documentation must be submitted to NJHPDI and approved by the above mentioned date.
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Bea Buccos, RDH, MA
Bea Buccos has both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Allied Health Services and a Master of Arts Degree in Health Education from Montclair State University. Ms. Buccos has a teaching certificate in elementary education and teaches in North Bergen. As an Adjunct Professor at Bergen Community College, Ms. Buccos has taught courses to dental students and dentists. She has also taught at the University of Connecticut and at UMDNJ in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Ms. Buccos as a liaison between Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey and the dental community, responsible for building and certifying the network of dentists.