NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Dental billing and coding may not sound exciting to most, but the latest degree program to be offered at Glendale Community College this fall is in high demand, administrators said.
The up-to-20-unit course that gives students skills to succeed in a growing division of the health-care industry was created after consulting with community dentists, said Mary Mirch, vice president of instructional services.
"[Staff members] literally went from dental office to dentist office in the area to see what they needed," she said.
College officials began to identify industry trends and work on changes to their program, Mirch said.
"What we were finding is that in a lot of different areas, there needed to be a modification to the certificate to deal with specializations," she said. "It wasn't terribly long ago when it was rare for people to have dental insurance, but now a lot more people do."