My wife is from the Philippines and is in the US on a "green card". She has a BS degree in Computer Science from a college in the Philippines. Well, this overseas degree has not helped her at all finding a job here in Florida.
Because of this, she is now thinking about going to school to be a Dental Assistant.
She don't want to take the 1 year program some schools offer, but would rather take the 9 week "Entry Level Dental Assistant Program" offered at a school such as DATS of Florida.
The cost of tuition at DATS is approx $2,275 (textbooks included). This is alot cheaper than the $12,000 + costs of the various 1 year Dental Assistant programs.
This school is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Dept. of Education, but since this is an accelerated 9 week program, graduates must get 2 years full-time work experience after graduating before they can sit for the National CDA Exam.
There website states that no license or certification is required to seek employment as a dental assistant in Florida, but obviously, the pay would be less until you pass that CDA exam and get your license later on.
There website states:
"Training takes place within a dental office when the office is closed. This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting using the treatment rooms, laboratory, x-ray facilities, and office area. Each session is divided into lecture and lab. During the lecture portion the student views slides presented by an instructor. There is time for questions, answers, and review. The second part of the class focuses on learning and practicing skills utilizing office treatment rooms, labs, and equipment".
These schools are located in Bradenton, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Orlando, Clearwater, Boca Raton, North Miami, West Palm Beach, Temple Terrace and Ocala FL.
QUESTION: Anyone have any negetive or positive info on this school?