17 Feb

Post a Job

mujer-laptop-color-1113fg-v-1005Welcome to the Dental Assistant Training Site’s Job Board.  It’s free to use for employers as we’re trying to build our database of jobs.  Please take advantage of this feature to list any openings you currently have in your office.

 

 

Leave this blank if the location is not important

Company Details

17 Feb

Jobs

Jobs paper hole

Welcome to the Dental Assistant Training Site’s Job Listings Page.

This is a brand new feature and we need some help spreading the word to make it grow.  Please like and share on Facebook below to anyone you think might have a dental assistant position to post.  It’s free to post dental assistant job openings.

 

    11 Dec

    Cost of Dental Assistant Training

    If you’ve done some research and read through this site, you’re probably thinking that dental assisting may be the right career for you – but how much does the training actually cost?  Is it prohibitive?  Can you support yourself and pay for school at the same time?

    Because the training to become a dental assistant is shorter than a typical bachelors degree at a 4 year school, less credit hours are involved, which means fewer classes are needed, which translates into huge savings for you!  Certificate programs focus ONLY on the information you need to learn to perform your job.  They are not meant to make you a well rounded person, versed in philosophy and the history of anthropology.  They are meant to teach you the skills you need to properly perform your job.

    The typical CODA accredited dental assisting course is one year, or two semesters long.  It includes classroom and lab instruction, complemented with real world experience in a dental office or other clinical environment.  CODA accredited courses are the most highly recommended courses because they prepare you for the CDA exam, as well as many state exam requirements.

    Since certificate programs are predominantly offered at local community or technical colleges, the cost is drastically less than any 4 year university.  Tuition costs for most programs will range from as low as $1500 all the way to $6000 or $7000.  That does not include books, or any extra supplies required.  Some schools will want you to have immunizations, liability insurance, and health insurance while pursuing your studies (particularly the clinical portion), so there are some added costs.  Overall, the tuition is quite affordable, especially when financial aid or scholarship money is added.

    If you’re just finishing high school, and living at home with your parents, you’ll be at a slight advantage over someone who is already living on her own, with rent and bills to pay.  While it’s possible to work while you’re in school, these are full time programs, so your working hours will be limited.  Financial aid can help cover living expenses while you’re in school, with lower or deferred payments until you graduate to ease the burden.

    So we’ve given you a price range for your education, but below is a brief overview of the programs and costs offered at different schools around the country.

    Cost Comparison of CODA Accredited Dental Assisting Schools in the Southwest / Western US

    1.  University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year (Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester)

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $5,726

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $18,176

    Books and Supplies – $1,575

    Lab Fees – $1,620

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum:  The dental assisting certificate program is a comprehensive program consisting of lecture, hands-on training in clinical procedures and laboratory sessions. Full-time students will complete 17 credits in the fall semester, 14 credits in the spring semester and 3 credits in the summer. The program starts the last week in August, in coordination with all other University of Alaska Anchorage fall courses, and ends approximately June 20.

    This program may also be available as a distance learning program; you must contact the school for more information.

    2.  Heald College, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting, Two Years

    Estimated Cost: Annual Tuition – $13,020

    Books and Supplies – $1,500

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Features: Receive hands-on experience in well-equipped labs:

    • Training rooms with dental chairs
    • Digital radiography equipment
    • A dark room for dental X-ray development
    • Sterilization and materials labs

    3.  Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: Approximately 12 months, including a 300 hour internship with a licensed dentist in Arizona

    Estimated Cost: Tuition, Lab Kits, and Fees – $4539 – $4630 for Maricopa County Residents

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: Introduction to Biology, Human Anatomy, and Physiology, CPR for Healthcare Providers, Communication and Teamwork, Dental Radiographic Imaging, Dental Assisting I- IV, and Clinical Experience through Internship

    Admission Requirements: Students will be required to sign an MCCCD Criminal Background Check Disclosure Acknowledgement form. These changes are necessary due to the fact that six of eleven of MCCCD’s largest clinical experience hospital partners have established stringent background check standards that preclude MCCCD from assigning students to those sites who cannot meet those standards.

    4.  Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year (2 semesters plus intersession)

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $1,184

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $6,320

    Books and Supplies – $1,666

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; Approved by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Board of California

    Curriculum: Preventative Dentistry, Dental Radiography, Chairside Techniques, Expanded Functions, Practice Management, Clinical Experience

    Exam Preparation: Graduates are eligible to take the California Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Certification Exam upon program completion and qualify for their State radiation license and coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealant and ultrasonic scaling forcement removal certificates.

    **Estimated costs listed here for tuition were provided by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year, and are for informational purposes only.  Please check directly with the school you wish you attend for the latest figures.

     

    Cost Comparison of CODA Accredited Dental Assisting Schools in the Midwest US

    1.  Kaskaskia College, Centralia, Illinois

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: 50 credit hours spread over two semesters and two summer sessions – completion time is just over 1 year

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-District Tuition – $3,328

    Annual In-State Tuition – $6,112

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $12,864

    Books and Supplies – $1,350

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: Classroom, lab, and clinical instruction provides students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry.  Clinical internship provides students with experience in area dental offices under the guidance of licensed dentists.

    Admission Requirements: High School Diploma or GED; Students must place in English 101 or must have completed English 100 with a C or better.

    2.  Ivy Tech Community College, Kokoma Campus, Indiana

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year technical certificate program, 41 credits.

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $3,455

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $7,302

    Books and Supplies – $1,070

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: Includes clinical practice, oral and human anatomy, dental materials and radiology. Included in the radiology training, students will take the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety exam and will be eligible to apply for a state license after graduation.

    Admission Requirements:  The Dental Assisting program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Dental Assisting while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Dental Assisting program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process.

    3.  Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: 10 month certificate program, two-year associate degree program

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-District Tuition – $2,811

    Annual In-State Tuition – $5,619

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $8,187

    Books and Supplies – $1,661

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: Students learn through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical educational experiences.  Each student will partake in clinical practice at an off-campus dental office.

    Exam and Licensure Preparation: Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board CDA exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant and the State of Michigan RDA exam to become a registered/licensed dental assistant.

    4.  Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin

    Degree Type: Technical Diploma

    Financial Aid Available:  This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

    Start dates for the first semester: June and August.  The Dental Assistant Technical Diploma is a one-year, three-semester program.

    Cost:  $135.30 per credit for Wisconsin residents
    Upon graduation, a student will have completed 33 credits, which works out to $4464.90 in tuition fees for 2013.

    Additional Required Supplies or Incidental Costs:
    Students will be required to purchase personal protection equipment/clothes, pay for liability insurance for dental clinical experience courses and provide their own transportation to the dental office.  Students are required to complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course during their first semester.  Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

    **Estimated costs for tuition were provided by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year, and are for informational purposes only.  Please check directly with the school you wish you attend for the latest figures.

     

    Cost Comparison of CODA Accredited Dental Assisting Schools in the Northeast US

    1. Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $3,772

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $6,912

    Books and Supplies – $1,200

    Curriculum:  In 30 credit hours, students are taught to perform chairside assisting, related laboratory and office procedures and all delegable expanded functions permitted by the State Education Department. Instruction includes lectures/laboratory coursework, hands-on clinical experience and formal clinical internships.

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, Registered with the State Education Department.

    Examination Preparation: Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board or a New York State specific certification exam.

    Admission requirements: CPR for health professionals (adult, child and infant CPR – no on-line courses), a high school diploma or GED, and CPR certification. ESOL and Transitional Studies courses must be completed prior to matriculation.

    Admission to this program is conditional upon meeting medical requirements, clearance of existing problem(s), and ability to meet technical standards (physical demands) of the program.

    2.  Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Massachusetts

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year (2 semesters)

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $4,056

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $9,000

    Books and Supplies – $1,000

    Accreditation: Board of Higher Education Approved Certificate Program, Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum:  40 credit hours including English composition, dental office management, dental science, dental materials, dental radiography, chairside assisting, psychology, and an externship.

    Admission Requirements:  Clinical placement for accepted students requires a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check be completed.

    3.  Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year ( semesters)

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-District Tuition – $5,055

    Annual In-State Tuition – $6,870

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $9,945

    Books and Supplies – $1,728

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

    • Perform radiographic techniques in all types of dental offices
    • Assist a dental practitioner in all office procedures
    • Perform routine office management operations effectively
    • Function in the office laboratory environment
    • Participate as an integral member of the dental health team
    • Sit for the Dental Assistant National Board examination
    • Apply the role of dental assisting to various practice settings

    Admission Requirements:  Entry into this program is not guaranteed with admission to the College; you will be admitted as a pre-dental assistant student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program. Specific criteria must be met including physical examination and required immunizations, background checks including Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Check, and State Police Criminal Record Check, Drug and Alcohol screenings, and current certification in CPR.

    Other criteria for admissions is determined on a point based system.

    **Estimated costs for tuition were provided by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year, and are for informational purposes only.  Please check directly with the school you wish you attend for the latest figures.

     

    Cost Comparison of CODA Accredited Dental Assisting Schools in the Southeast US

     

    1.  H. Councill Trenholm State Tech, Alabama

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year ( semesters)

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $3,240

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $5,856

    Books and Supplies – $1,200

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Admission Requirements:  Students must undergo a physical and receive certain immunizations before beginning the program.

    2.  Meridian Community College, Meridian, Mississippi

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: One-year certificate program

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $2,230

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $3,610

    Books and Supplies – $1,400

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: The program includes lecture hours, lab hours, and supervised clinical experiences. In the Clinical experiences, the student will assist the dentist at chairside a diverse set of locations, both in private offices, clinics, and state facilities as applicable.

    Exam and Licesure Preparation: Upon graduation from the program, the student will be able to apply for their radiography permit which is necessary for taking x-rays in a Mississippi dental office. The student will have taken 2 of the 3 parts (Infection Control and Radiation Health Safety) of the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB). The student will be given the application form for the 3rd portion (General Chairside). If taken and passed within 5 years of completion of the Dental Assisting program, the dental assistant will be able to secure their CDA credential. Graduates of the 12-month program will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    3.  Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta, Georgia

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: 56 Credits

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $2,242

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $4,162

    Books and Supplies – $1,000

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Curriculum: Introduction to healthcare, introduction to computeres, basic human biology, preventative dentistry, microbiology and infection control, oral pathology, dental biology, dental assisting general chairside, dental assisting expanded functions, dental radiology, clinical experience

    Exam Preparation: Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

    Admission Requirements:  Must be 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and submit official transcript to apply.  Must have achieved minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.

    4.  Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, Florida

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: 10 month program beginning in the fall semester each year.  Graduates of the program receive a Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate, which includes Dental Radiography and Expanded Function certification, and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Exam.

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $2,378

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $8,612

    Books and Supplies – $1,500

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

    Admission Requirements:  In addition to the Palm Beach State College general application, the applicant must also submit the Dental Assisting program application. All documentation must be received in the Admissions Office by the deadline date of July 1st in order to be eligible for consideration for selection.

    5.  Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, Arkansas

    Dental Assistant Training Program Length: 9 month certificate program, starting in August and ending the following May each year

    Estimated Cost: Annual In-State Tuition – $3,183

    Annual Out of State Tuition – $4,923

    Books and Supplies – $1,200

    Accreditation: Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Admission Requirements:  Program applicants must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or have earned a GED. Students will be chosen for the program based on criteria determined by Pulaski Technical College.

    **Estimated costs for tuition were provided by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year, and are for informational purposes only.  Please check directly with the school you wish you attend for the latest figures.

    22 Nov

    Using Social Media to Your Advantage to Land Your Next Job

    Essential skills to get job

    Employers are concerned about the type of employees they hire. Not only do they want someone with the skill set that matches the job description, but they want someone with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude that will reflect well on the employer and his or her business, and excellent people skills to ensure customers become repeat clients.

    Because of employment laws, there are certain questions employers cannot ask of an applicant, and it may be hard to really figure out someone’s personality in a 15-20 minute interview, if the interview even lasts that long. Even worse, some interview formats make it next to impossible to show employers your true personality. Have you ever had a phone interview where all they did was fire the most cliché questions at you, such as “Why are you interested in this position?” or “What skills do you have that would make you a good fit for this position?” or “Tell me about yourself.” There is no natural flow to the conversation, just silence between the time you finish answering and the next question from the interviewer. (During the silence you can hear them typing notes about what you just said.) It’s horrible, right!

    Unfortunately, some employers, especially smaller dental practices, don’t spend every day interviewing applicants, and aren’t really that experienced in conducting interviews. If the person doing the hiring (usually the dentist) likes several candidates, they may just search around online to see what type of a person you are. For that reason, clean up your social media profiles or make sure they are private. If you go out partying on the weekends, curse too much in posts, or otherwise make yourself look less than professional or serious, please realize that potential employers may be deterred by what they find.

    Instead, try crafting your profile to reflect your interest in your work. Especially on LinkedIn, or even Facebook, try joining an industry group or discussion, and add some valuable opinions or content. If you sound intelligent and can offer help to someone publicly on social media, it will reflect very well on you. It is best to avoid posting anything about your job search or interview progress to your friends, and definitely don’t complain about your job search or any of the interviewers with whom you’ve met. They may be reading it later that evening!

    Make sure your profile on LinkedIn is up to date with any new course or dental assistant training you’ve completed, including CPR certifications, radiography courses, infection control courses, and so on. If you graduated at the top of your class, that would be something to mention. Any volunteer work or clinical experience you’ve gained through your schooling, even if it was part of the course, should also be highlighted.

    Ask all of your teachers and fellow students to write recommendations on your page, and endorse you for skills. Your performance in class is a great example of how you’ll act in a professional setting, so they should be able to find positive attributes to highlight. No one will know that you’ve asked them to write a recommendation for you, and it will appear as though you’re the most highly recommended candidate out there. If numerous other people are bragging about your skills, you must really be an exceptional dental assistant!

    22 Nov

    Dental Assistant Jobs and the Online Job Search

    Resume concept

    When it’s time to look for a new dental assisting job or position, the internet has the largest source of information and job listings in one place, and if you’re like most people today, the first place you turn to find information is the internet. (You’re here, after all.)

    In your search for your new dental assistant job, every other graduate of a dental assistant program in need of a job will also be looking online, so how do you stand out? New tools at Career Builder and Indeed allow you to submit your saved resume with a click of the mouse, allowing you to effortlessly apply to dozens of jobs in a matter of minutes. This saves you the time of meticulously reading through each job description to see how close of a match the job would be for your skills. After all, you’re probably not going to hear back from many of these employers, so you might as well apply to as many as you can, and see who responds, right? Well, that kind of thinking is the reason employers are being inundated with job applications from less than qualified applicants. Would you want to spend hours of your time examining the resumes of people who couldn’t even take the time to read the job requirements?

    Enter the scannable resume. Did you know that most large companies use software to automatically scan and sort through resumes? With the number of job applicants, and the time it would take to physically open, read, and analyze each resume and cover letter, it’s understandable that a smaller office without a human resources department might need some help going through all the applications they receive. It’s very time consuming, and trying to find reliable help in between patients can be a challenge. The goal for job seekers is not only to stand out to prospective employers, but also to fit the criteria that these scannable resume software programs are searching for. You may or many not encounter this problem if you’re sending resumes directly to independent dental offices, but if you apply to work in a hospital, government run healthcare facility, or even a healthcare staffing agency, you will likely need a ‘scannable’ resume.

    Format your resume in a way that’s pleasing to the eye, but also easily readable by a computer. That means keep it simple, straightforward, and clean. If you’ve ever uploaded a resume and then had one of the online job search sites convert it to text for you, you know what I mean. Your bullet points and spacing will be all over the place, and if you had anything in a separate column, it will be stuck somewhere in the middle. Even templates that you can find on google docs are guilty of causing this issue, and trust me, it will make your life more difficult, not easier. Other things to leave out include background graphics, script fonts, borders, or boxed sections. If you’re going to use a fancy resume, save it for printed versions that you hand out to prospective employers. Your perfect electronic resume will look quite boring, but it will be effective.

    This will also be useful if the job posting asks for a resume to be emailed, but request that it be pasted in the body of the email because they don’t want to open attachments. A scannable resume will also be readily available to copy and paste into an email, with no additional formatting or adjusting necessary.

    Dental assistant jobs are certainly out there, you just have to be one step ahead of the competition to stand out in today’s dental assistant job search!

    19 Nov

    Three Ways to Add Value to Your Office as a Dental Assistant

    Lady in office

    [blockquote type=”full”]All three of these tips translate to providing a better patient experience – after all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?[/blockquote]

     

    1.  Create a drama free, professional environment.  It’s easy to get comfortable at work and treat your co-workers like extended family.  After all, you spend much of your week with your co-workers.  However, when patients are present, things must always be kept professional, and the focus must remain on the patient.  Your patients expect top-quality care, and don’t want to overhear you chit-chatting with the other assistants about your weekend while they wait for service.  A patient’s overall experience at an appointment is a lasting impression on your office as a whole – you must strive to make every appointment a positive one!

    2.  Remain accessible to patients.  At the end of an exam or cleaning, it’s often the dental assistant who remains in the room to help the patient out and clean up for the next person.  One job of the assistant is to stress how important it is to follow through with the dentist’s recommendation or treatment plan.  Sometimes patients may not be entirely convinced that they really need work done on their teeth, or they may simply be scared to undergo a procedure.  Hearing confirmation from another knowledgable source may be enough for them to understand how important it is to follow through.  You can encourage them to schedule their next appointment before they leave the office.

    3.  Understand the Dentist’s Expectations.  Your dentist is your boss and supervisor, and ultimately responsible for your actions on the job.  When you perform the way they want, they’re happy.  When they constantly have to remind you to do something they feel should be second nature, they can become dissatisfied with your performance.  Some dentists are better managers than others; you must realize that simply being in charge doesn’t automatically translate to being an effective manager.  Management is a skill, but you can help your dentist be a better manager through effective communication.

    If the lines of communication are open, fewer misunderstandings will result.  If you’re not sure which supplies or tools will be needed for the next patient, ask in advance, before the patient is sitting in the chair.  Don’t wait for your dentist to become frustrated with you because you didn’t anticipate.  While you’re allowed a small learning curve, you should reasonably know what to expect after repeating the same procedures a few times.  Being prepared to meet your dentist’s expectations will help the office operate much more smoothly and efficiently.

    19 Nov

    Should I get certified before starting my job search?

    Job Or Education Directions On A Metal Signpost

    While you may understandably want to get started working as soon as possible for financial reasons, there are several reasons that it may pay to become certified or formally educated in a dental assisting course first before looking for that first job.

    At the very least, if are able to get hired without training or experience, it would be beneficial to take a course concurrently, either in the evenings or on weekends if your schedule (and the course schedule) permits.

    Many states in the US do allow dental assistants to take entry level jobs in dental offices performing the most basic of tasks, both administrative tasks and serving as an extra pair of hands in the exam room before, during, and after patient exams.  This level of dental assisting does not require certification or licesning, and many assistants are taught on the job by the employing dentist, so it’s not always an absolute necessity to complete your dental assistant training first.

    If a dentist really only needs an extra set of hands, the one advantage for dentist is that he is able to train you, the assistants, to match his way of doing things.  Because you have no prior experience or frame of reference, you will learn to do things exactly as the dentist prefers.

    However, the advantages stop there.  While many states permit an entry level dental assistant, most have certification processes or permits for more highly trained dental assistants to legally perform more complex procedures.  While still under the supervision of the employing dentist, these certified or permitted dental assistants are able to perform expanded functions, and thus are more valuable to their employers.

    What are the benefits of being certified or licensed before starting your dental assistant job search?

    Higher Starting Pay – You’ve invested in your education, and now you’re able to legally perform a wider range of tasks in your job.  Your additional experience and ability will command you a higher starting pay, so you won’t have to ask for a huge raise later.

    A dentist only has so much time for patients in the day, so being able to delegate more tasks to trained employees may free them up to fit in one or two additional appointments per day.  As a result, even if a trained dental assistant costs slightly more, there is a greater opportunity to increase revenue by being able to serve more patients in a day.

    Easier Job Search – Because Certified or Licensed (depending on the state rules and regulations) Assistants can perform a wider variety of tasks and procedures, they should find that the job search and hiring process will move more quickly.

    Highly trained dental assistants are in demand.  When there are more openings than qualified applicants, you will have your choice of dentists and offices for whom you may choose to work.  You may also find that some openings will only be available to those with Certification or Licensing required by the state.

    Easier Transition to Work Due to Prior Training (You’ll know what you’re doing) – With training already completed, your first day on the job will be much more comfortable.  Assuming your training included hand-on clinical experience, you’ll already be familiar with what to do when you’re chairside.  Your dentist will be pleased, not frustrated, when he asks you for something and you are able to provide it right away.

    Higher Job Satisfaction and Respect from Your Co-Workers – Think of your first day on the job as your first impression to the office.  When things go smoothly, you make a good first impression.  If you fumble too much, it may take a little longer to gain the respect of your co-workers and boss.  If you take a long time to learn what  you should be doing, it can put you at a disadvantage and bring some insecurity.  If you’re prepared and know what to do, you’ll feel confident and secure in your position.

    Higher Level of Patient Comfort with a Highly Skilled Assistant – When you’re confident and prepared, the patients will be comfortable with you.  Going to the dentist makes some people nervous, but they are able to relax if you can put them at ease by letting them know what to expect.  In very simple terms, happy patients are good for business, and a stable business means job security for you.