A Romanian dentist, cardiologist and two physicians visited Wallace State Community College Thursday to tour the school's Dental Science and Emergency Medical Training facilities.

Rep. Neal Morrison, (D-Cullman,) who led the tour, said Alabama developed a partnership with Romania in 1996, when the U.S. State Department paired states with eastern block countries. The four person Romanian group traveled to Alabama to learn about medical professions and training in the U.S., and spent Wednesday and Thursday touring the UAB Medical Center. They were scheduled to leave Alabama Saturday.

"We are elated and thrilled that they want to come to Wallace State to look at our programs to develop a better relationship with Alabama," Morrison said.

Maj. Marius Pop, a general practitioner who served three tours in Iraq, Lt. Ionut Radulesco, a dentist, Anca Nicoleta Rotar, a cardiologist and Maj. Aurelian Moraru, a general practitioner, participated in the tour.

Wallace State offers Dental Assisting and Dental Hygienist programs, and has a dental lab available for use by the public. The school offers $10 cleanings that usually last about three hours.

To be admitted to Wallace State's Dental programs, an applicant must meet all general admission requirements, declare Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene as a major, submit a program application to the program director and possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The programs admit annually each fall semester, and students are selected on the basis of satisfactory completion of admission requirements and GPA.

Wallace State's Dental Hygienist Program teaches students to act as educators and motivators in maintenance of oral health and the prevention of dental disease. Employment opportunities for dental hygienists include participation in community health programs, dental office managerial roles, and participation in research activities.

A dental assistant works with patients under the supervision of a dentist.

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