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Beth in Kinston, North Carolina

92 months ago

I am looking into Dental Assisting as my next career move. I have looked at several schools and all of them range from 6-12 months long. I found one school that is an actual dental practice. They offer 10 weeks of real on the job training and then 60 hours of home study. I am skeptical about this because it seems too good to be true. They say that their job placement rate is very good. Does anyone have any thoughts on schools like this. Are they worth the time and money? Do other dentist frown upon schools like this? Would the job placement rate as good as they say?

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Kelsey in Houston, Texas

85 months ago

Jackie in Flower Mound, Texas said: Please visit VIPDentalTraining.com. All info and contact info is there. I would prefer to contact you through that site rather than this forum. Thank you. Jackie

I looked at your website and there is no requirement for immunizations is that correct?

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toothteacher in Athens, Georgia

85 months ago

To all that has read the above sent information from "crazy for teeth" that IMPORTANT information was not mentioned. Let me encourage you NOT to take all the information read on this site as accurate. ALWAYS check and research on your own and here is an example on why. There are THREE pathways that can take the DANB Exam (Dental Assisting National Board). The first is what is described by the above comment but there are two more. Here is it in simple format:
Pathway 1= You are a graduate from a DA or DH accredited program
Pathway 2= High school grad. with min. 3,500 hours experience verified by a dentist(employer)
Pathway3=Current or former DANB CDA, OR graduate from a foreign dental degree program.
All three pathways require current CPR certification proof. If you have any question, check for for yourself at the DANB website at www.danb.org

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amber in Fort Worth, Texas

84 months ago

lizzle in Sacramento, California said: Check into ROP programs! ROP is a class held by some high schools. They are just as good and wont charge you an arm and a leg. I took an ROP class that was 9 months long. I graduate next week. This course was cheaper than the private college. It cost me $300 for the class and an extra $300 for the xray class. I started interning in an office in Nov. so Ive been getting hands on experience for 6 months now. I feel that the time Ive been given has really helped me to feel comfortable assisting. I feel that I can adapt to any office and any doctor. The RDA in my office went to a private college years ago and is still paying off her student loans. Shes told me quite a few times that she wished she would have taken an ROP course instead. Not only is it cheaper but you get more time to learn the specifics of assisting.

if you dont mind me asking what does the ROP stand for?? and what do you just go to any high school and ask them if they offer the program??

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DENTAL 4 YOU in Jacksonville, Florida

84 months ago

It all depends on what you want to do. I didn't know anything about any of that until I got in dental assisting school and you are right it all depends on what state you are in. I'm CDA/RDA in New Jersey and now I live in Florida and my RDA, of course, can do nothing for me because it is for New Jersey, but in Florida I believe that I need my EFDA to do expanded functions.I never said go to a long program, and there are long and short programs that are and aren't accredite(however you spell it)I just want people to know how things really are, and she's in Florida. The only reason why I did suggest an accredite school is right after school you can take your boards to be a CDA unstead of waiting 1-2 years because if I went to dental assisting school in Florida I wouldn't of been able to take the boards until I worked full time for 2 years in an office versus coming right out of school that's all I was saying.

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Cindy in Englewood, Colorado

83 months ago

Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Fort Worth, Texas said: Kayla in Plano: In the State of Texas, you do NOT have to have your DANB, just your RDA which means: Registered Dental Assistant within the State. This is obtained by sitting for your one day course and exam, after attending a State Certified Dental Assisting School. Each State is different, so to those believing everyone should attend a long program that is only Acredited by the Board, please remember that individual States have their own requirements. Which, well, should have been a question asked on your DANB? :o)

In Texas you do not even have to go to school. All that is needed is to take the one or two day review course, or it can even be done online. Pass the exam at the end, submit the necessary paperwork along with CPR to the state and pay your fees and you are an RDA.

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Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Dallas, Texas

83 months ago

To "In Texas" - Not having to go to a school is a thing of the past. Most doctors want their assistants to have working knowledge. Think about 2 things here: First, when you interview with a Doctor, if he is interested, he will set you up for a working interview where you actually sit down with him while he's working on a patient. If you have never even been taught how to suction properly, much less knowledge of procedure being performed, it will definitely show. Second is this: I am not sure about anyone else out there, but when I go to the dentist, I want an assistant helping him who knows what she is doing, as anyone can pass a test if they study. Having the know how of what they are doing is more important to me as a patient.

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Cindy, CDA in Englewood, Colorado

83 months ago

Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Dallas, Texas said: To "In Texas" - Not having to go to a school is a thing of the past. Most doctors want their assistants to have working knowledge. Think about 2 things here: First, when you interview with a Doctor, if he is interested, he will set you up for a working interview where you actually sit down with him while he's working on a patient. If you have never even been taught how to suction properly, much less knowledge of procedure being performed, it will definitely show. Second is this: I am not sure about anyone else out there, but when I go to the dentist, I want an assistant helping him who knows what she is doing, as anyone can pass a test if they study. Having the know how of what they are doing is more important to me as a patient.

When I was in Texas most doctors either wanted a graduate of a CODA approved program i.e. a community college program or want to pay someone $6 for entry level position. I agree as a patient I want someone with experience and knowledge. However how many programs and doctors out there do not educate there assistants on the importance of immunizations and infection control? I feel sorry for those individuals who go to the shorter programs and do not get the basic knowledge and skill they need and obtain loans just to get through school and then cannot find a job.

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nedra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

83 months ago

richelle in Baytown, Texas said: Try Houston Dental Assistant School in Woodlands,TX. It is a 10 week school 2000-2500, it was a very good school. Every saturday half day class room half day lab, hands on. Test every week, not hard if you study, they give you everything you need, great instructors. If I could do it anyone can.

hi richelle,i'm in houston texas thinking about going to this same school for some time now.'i think it's really something i want to do. i've been out of high school for a while now,i'm a little scared,i guess about being back in a classroom.a few questions,is it easy(i no studying i a big part of it,this might sound funny but in a way i think i forgot how to study),is it worth it?

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nedra in houston, Texas

83 months ago

richelle in Baytown, Texas said: Try Houston Dental Assistant School in Woodlands,TX. It is a 10 week school 2000-2500, it was a very good school. Every saturday half day class room half day lab, hands on. Test every week, not hard if you study, they give you everything you need, great instructors. If I could do it anyone can.

hi richelle ,i've been thinkng about going to this same school in the woodlands,it's been really heavy on my mind i think it's something i really want to do and can do but just a little scared,i guess about being out of a class room for such a long time.it might sound funny but it seems like maybe i forgot how to study.are the lessons easy,do they really help you one on one if you need it?About how many that you no of that was in your class passed and got jobs?

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kaela in Raleigh, North Carolina

83 months ago

Beth in Kinston, North Carolina said: I am looking into Dental Assisting as my next career move. I have looked at several schools and all of them range from 6-12 months long. I found one school that is an actual dental practice. They offer 10 weeks of real on the job training and then 60 hours of home study. I am skeptical about this because it seems too good to be true. They say that their job placement rate is very good. Does anyone have any thoughts on schools like this. Are they worth the time and money? Do other dentist frown upon schools like this? Would the job placement rate as good as they say?

at durham tech in durham north carolina there is a course there that i am goin to be taking its 8 weeks and they teach you everything you need to know. its a small class so in my opion you learn more and a lot of hands on work as well. its $800 and after you finish the class you need to take a test. if you pass the test you get a certificate and are able to work as a dental assistant making $4-21 and hour. sound to good to be true.. go check it out :)

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nedra in houston, Texas

83 months ago

richelle in Baytown, Texas said: Try Houston Dental Assistant School in Woodlands,TX. It is a 10 week school 2000-2500, it was a very good school. Every saturday half day class room half day lab, hands on. Test every week, not hard if you study, they give you everything you need, great instructors. If I could do it anyone can.
I have been thinking of going to this same school for some time now,if everythings go's ok i will start july 12,i'm a little scared i guess because i have been out ot the classes room for some time now.but if i study really hard i think i can do it.do you have anything you would like to tell me about the class?

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C Newman in Hillsborough, North Carolina

83 months ago

If you are interested in dental assisting as a profession, and not just a job, your time is well worth spent in looking for an ACCREDITED program approved by the American Dental Association. Community colleges are often accredited and offer a better price than these fly-by-nights. You will be able to learn in a positive environment with other students and have the support and confidence of getting the help you need if you don't understand the material. Be a professional in all that you do!

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Careers in Dental Assiting.com in Dallas, Texas

83 months ago

My "fly by night" school is accredited, many Doctors feel it offers more hands on experience than those "community college" courses, which by the way, I taught at one and the students only got to do oral evacuation for 15 minutes. I feel each individual needs to do their own choosing as to which school they feel is right for them. Best way to make that decision is to call your local Dentists and ask their opinion of the differences in the assistants they have hired from different facilities.
Signed, a "fly by night school" still flying after 8 years.
:o)

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Stacy in Englewood, Colorado

83 months ago

Careers in Dental Assiting.com in Dallas, Texas said: My "fly by night" school is accredited, many Doctors feel it offers more hands on experience than those "community college" courses, which by the way, I taught at one and the students only got to do oral evacuation for 15 minutes. I feel each individual needs to do their own choosing as to which school they feel is right for them. Best way to make that decision is to call your local Dentists and ask their opinion of the differences in the assistants they have hired from different facilities.
Signed, a "fly by night school" still flying after 8 years.
:o)

Accreditted by who though - not CODA. I do not know what community college you taught at in Texas but I went to Houston Community College and they are the BEST!!!

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C Newman in Hillsborough, North Carolina

83 months ago

I graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill program in 1992. We got many, many hours of chairside practice prior to doing two rotations in private practice. I would imagine community colleges vary in their amount of actual chairside practice.

Official accreditation is done by the American Dental Association which have specific guidelines that the schools must include. This is what the dentists want assistants to know in didactice (bookwork) and clinical experience.

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alicia

83 months ago

Hi everyone,
I'm a certified medical assistant, and I'm interested in becoming a dental assistant. Can anyone recommend a school in new york that is for dental assisting? Since I'm a CMA, would I have to take as many clases as someone who might be just starting out in the medical field? Is there anyone here who was an MA, and a DA? If so, can you tell me which is better in regards to job oppurtunities, pay, and benefits?
Thank you

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alicia

83 months ago

Hi everyone,
I'm a certified medical assistant, and I'm interested in becoming a dental assistant. Can anyone recommend a school in new york that is for dental assisting? Since I'm a CMA, would I have to take as many clases as someone who might be just starting out in the medical field? Is there anyone here who was an MA, and a DA? If so, can you tell me which is better in regards to job oppurtunities, pay, and benefits?
Thank you

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Shanda in Fayetteville ,N.C.

83 months ago

we have an accredited school here that is 10 months long and it does not cost an arm or a leg. Admission books uniforms and all certification test are included for the price of 3,000 dollars or less. The other two dental offices i believe that's what they are cost 2,300 or a couple hundread more including everything. But the only problem with them is that they are hard to get in contact with to get info clarified.

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Melissa in Federal Way, Washington

83 months ago

Cathy in Federal Way, Washington said: I think the 10 week course is worth it. One of my fellow students found a job 1/2 way through the course. I also have a interview tomorrow with an orthodontist who really loves my resume, even though I never worked in a dental office before. As long as you study hard for the 10 weeks to take the course, you should do fine.

Cathy,
Hello! I am from Florida, moved here about a year ago. I am very interested in the 10 week course you are talking about, and where it is located. I was a dental assistant in Florida in 2004 for about a year, and am thinking of getting back into it-but don't want to take another year long course.
I think a 10 week course would be a perfect "refresher" course too!
Please, if you could e-mail me at: melissa001@sprint.blackberry.net
I now live in Des Moines, WA.- Just recently moved from Federal Way!
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Melissa
Des Moines, WA.

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Naomi in San Diego, California

82 months ago

Beth in Kinston, North Carolina said: I am looking into Dental Assisting as my next career move. I have looked at several schools and all of them range from 6-12 months long. I found one school that is an actual dental practice. They offer 10 weeks of real on the job training and then 60 hours of home study. I am skeptical about this because it seems too good to be true. They say that their job placement rate is very good. Does anyone have any thoughts on schools like this. Are they worth the time and money? Do other dentist frown upon schools like this? Would the job placement rate as good as they say?

In many states attending a dental assistant school is not a requirement. Although it is nice unless you are an RDA it does not guarantee your pay rate will be be more than someone who was just trained on the job. I do not think these schools are worth the money when if you have the drive you can attain the job experience on your own. All of the licensing that is available you can acquire through through weekend courses with far less financial commitment and long term dept. Good luck! Dental assisting is a rewarding job the specialty dentist pay more and are more or less learned on the job. Have fun!

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

nedra in houston, Texas said: I have been thinking of going to this same school for some time now,if everythings go's ok i will start july 12,i'm a little scared i guess because i have been out ot the classes room for some time now.but if i study really hard i think i can do it.do you have anything you would like to tell me about the class?

Hi nedra...i'm also from houston..i heard about houston dental schools in spring and woodland...which one you go to?? i'm planing to attend their next program....i think its going to start after 2 month....can you tell me how is the class?? do u like it?? how's the teachers?? is it helping u to learn? have u done any test yet?? how was it?? please reply...i'm also worried

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nedra in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

i didnt get a chance to start the class yet but my goal is to take the next class that comes up in a few months.the school is in the woodlands,tx but about 3 miles outside of spring.my best friend went to that same school and she finished,and now she works for an office in conroe,tx she makes about 17 an hrs.looking forward to hearing from you again priya,maybe we can start at the same time to give each other the extra boost we need in the classroom

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Carla Dunlap in Dallas, Texas

81 months ago

To Nedra and Priya....I read your posts about the upcoming classes and your fears. While I understand them, let me tell you this. I am an Instructor at a school in Royse City/Rockwall Texas. When I get students such as yourselves, they are the ones who do the best! Worry and fear motivate us? lol. But seriously, if you have a great teacher, thats 90 percent of it. Dental Assisting is mainly working with our hands so if your school focuses on hands on, most people learn better that way. Good luck to you both. I know you will do great. Email back in a few months and tell me I was right. :o)

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

nedra in Houston, Texas said: i didnt get a chance to start the class yet but my goal is to take the next class that comes up in a few months.the school is in the woodlands,tx but about 3 miles outside of spring.my best friend went to that same school and she finished,and now she works for an office in conroe,tx she makes about 17 an hrs.looking forward to hearing from you again priya,maybe we can start at the same time to give each other the extra boost we need in the classroom

ohh ok i thought u started already....well sound good to me...it's always good if u know someone early.....hope we can both attend the class when they start next time.....i thought houston dental school is in spring and woodland....i think i'm more closer to spring.....anyways this class is only on saturdays right?? so distance won't be a problem....hope we can catch up later...keep in touch...tell me if hear any news ok?

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

nedra in Houston, Texas said: i didnt get a chance to start the class yet but my goal is to take the next class that comes up in a few months.the school is in the woodlands,tx but about 3 miles outside of spring.my best friend went to that same school and she finished,and now she works for an office in conroe,tx she makes about 17 an hrs.looking forward to hearing from you again priya,maybe we can start at the same time to give each other the extra boost we need in the classroom

hey u said ur friend makes 17 an hr right?? she had any experiance?? or right after graduation she got the job?? i'm also worried about this job....i don't know if its easy to get...because some people are saying they have been waiting to get job almost 2-3 months now...

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

Carla Dunlap in Dallas, Texas said: To Nedra and Priya....I read your posts about the upcoming classes and your fears. While I understand them, let me tell you this. I am an Instructor at a school in Royse City/Rockwall Texas. When I get students such as yourselves, they are the ones who do the best! Worry and fear motivate us? lol. But seriously, if you have a great teacher, thats 90 percent of it. Dental Assisting is mainly working with our hands so if your school focuses on hands on, most people learn better that way. Good luck to you both. I know you will do great. Email back in a few months and tell me I was right. :o)

Hi carla, Thanks for the encouragement....especially from an instructor :) this is my 2nd major changing...i was going for radiology tech....i took almost all basic classes for this program, but the waiting period is long...also i'm running out of time...i really need to get a job soon....are you a dental school instructor?? can you tell me if short time classes is worth it?? because this dental assistant class is only on saturdays and it's only for 12 weeks i think....do u think when i apply for job is it going to be matter?? this school said they will give certificate upon graduation and after that we can take state bord exam...i don't know much about this....hope you can help me with my question...thanks and i appreciate it.

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Carla in Dallas, Texas

81 months ago

Priya,
I will never speak negatively against any school. They all hold their own positives as well as negatives as some may say about my school as well. However, a good question to ask, in the State of Texas, all schools must first be certified, some schools don't go through the trouble to get certified and close once the State finds out. So if they are certified, once a year they get audited and the state will send them their year end results which shows the percentage of students who graduated and percentage of those who gained employment. Sometimes I have students get jobs before they graduate (Drs waiting to hire them), then sometimes it may take 1-2 months. While the job market is hard out there for many, dentistry stands strong. You just need to be willing to drive, go out there and present yourself. You sound sincere and strong minded about this field so therefore, I think you will be one of those who excels in what she goes after in life. :o)

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

nedra in Houston, Texas said: yea she makes 17 an hr.and no she had no experiance what so ever.yes the class is on saturdays only.and yes some people say it takes them a while to find a job,but i guess thats with any good job your trying to get.i do know people who had jobs before graduation.i think the key is hands on and this school has lots and lots of hands on.i went to the dentist last friday and asked question will i was waiting,and the dental tech told me most dr.s dont want to train they want you to know your stuff before you start work. i will keep you updated on any news.have you call the school yourself?if not i can give you the number,i spoke with barbara and she explains everything in great deal,you can also take a tour of the school,the school is a real dentist office.

Thanks nedra, have you done the tour?? i didn't call the school yet...i should do it soon....no i don't have the ph# is it the one on their website?? if not plz give me.....and once again thanks for the info. about the job....anywayz keep in touch with me....hey when is the next class start? oct? do u know the date? take care

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priya in Houston, Texas

81 months ago

Carla in Dallas, Texas said: Priya,
I will never speak negatively against any school. They all hold their own positives as well as negatives as some may say about my school as well. However, a good question to ask, in the State of Texas, all schools must first be certified, some schools don't go through the trouble to get certified and close once the State finds out. So if they are certified, once a year they get audited and the state will send them their year end results which shows the percentage of students who graduated and percentage of those who gained employment. Sometimes I have students get jobs before they graduate (Drs waiting to hire them), then sometimes it may take 1-2 months. While the job market is hard out there for many, dentistry stands strong. You just need to be willing to drive, go out there and present yourself. You sound sincere and strong minded about this field so therefore, I think you will be one of those who excels in what she goes after in life. :o)

Hi carla, good to hear from u again :) thanks for the information...i never thought about to go short time school...anyways your words encouraged me....if i have more question will ask u soon....take care...have a good day

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Stacy in Garland, TX in Garland, Texas

81 months ago

Kim in Mckinney, Texas said: well, let me just tell you that I am attending a school right now that is only 10 saturdays only, and they have hands on, but also have book work too, and I am not so happy with this class, as to how much I am paying for it, which is 2000.00, but they have given us paperwork on that they have job placement, and they also put you on the website, and they do help you set up your resume, but I'm stressed out with all of this book work, because it is all written tests, there is no multiple choice on the tests, and the final exam is also going to be written, so I think I'm bailing out, cause they have us studying 5 chapters at a time, or more, and I guess I'm not cut out for this, it's too much to take in, now the hands on stuff is pretty cool, but this saturday I am suppose to go to class and I think I am getting my money back, and I will just wait for a better opportunity, I hope I am making the right decision, they need to have some guidance on how to give tests, but as they say nothing is easy if you want to get somewhere in life, but if you want to give it a shot I can give you the name of the school and the location, but I'm in Texas.

Girl that is CRAZY!!!! I am attending A.T.I right now...and I know that if I think this 12 month program is a lot to take in I know there is no way it can be all consumed in the brain, processed, and then dealt with people's lively hood all that fast. You have someone's health in your hands. That is the most obsered program I have heard of...oh and good luck with getting your money back b/c the state of Texas has 3 day right of reccssion act, meaning if you do nor request a full refund with in 3 days, by law there is no obligation to give it to you. So let me know how that turns out...and by the way what facility is this cuz I am in Garland, TX????

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Carla in Dallas, Texas

81 months ago

Stacy,
I am so sorry you are having difficulty with your schooling. I am assuming this is a Saturday only class? As mentioned, I dont like speaking negatively about other schools as I am the owner of one. However, Instructors should be there to offer individual one on one time with students who may be either struggling, or feeling like they will not make it. Talk to your teacher and see if she won't maybe come in early or stay late a few days to help you out. Regarding the tests, maybe she can re-devise one that suits your individual needs such as multiple choice verses essay questions. I have written (true/false and multiple choice) but main focus is on our hands on tests. That shows me more that the student is grasping the technical part of dental assisting. Many people freeze when they have to take a written test, but excel at the hands on portion. I have students such as those dealing with dexlexia. As a teacher, you need to know what makes them remember, how do they decifer things and think. I never let a student "walk", meaning I don't make it simple for them and not others because thats not fair to the other students. But I take time to make sure they are understanding what I am trying to teach them. Otherwise, I fail as a teacher. Try talking to them about your feelings before just quitting. Dental Assisting is a wonderful career. I wish you the best of luck Stacy!

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Mary in Aiea, Hawaii

81 months ago

Kelsey in Houston, Texas said: According to the many Dentist and 3 placement agencies that I spoke with they would not hire someone from a short term program for more than $8 an hour. If they have a greaduate from an accreditted program who is an RDA and CDA they are starting out anywhere from $10-$14 an hour. They stated to me that they were not overseen enough and many of these short term programs are not providing proper infection control and OSHA regulations. I even spoke with one placement agency who told me she just throws all the proprietary resumes in the trash when she gets them because they do not even know there teeth numbers. So yes attitude plays a big part however there has to be basic knowledge and a safety factor since we are dealing with blood and body fluids. I have met students from these programs and they are not even aware that they are suppose to have a hepatits vaccine as well as wear nitrile gloves when processing instruments.

One of the first requirements at the school here in hawaii is to have a full Phyical done before starting the program.

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Kendall in Little Rock, Arkansas

81 months ago

Denise in Pompano Beach, Florida said: I graduated from a 12 week program that is accredited with the Florida Board for Education and the Florida Board of Dentistry. I immediately was hired following graduation making $16/hour. The training I received enabled me to feel confident in my career as a dental assistant. I strongly recommended shorter (often less expensive programs) over lengthy, overpriced programs. I started a 9 month program, and after realizing they were going to waste four months (and $10,000)of it on terminology and spelling, I switch to the So. Florida Dental Assisting School and I graduated and was working before any of my classmated from the 9 month program! A 12 week dental assisting program is a great opprotunity!

well i am starting a 10 week program in just about a month and i was starting to get scared from reading all this stuff about not having jobs but i think im gonna do it now after reading your comment

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Christina

80 months ago

i took that class and actually just finished but i dont think it was worth it the test werent hard and it was fun and somewhat educational... but after class you will still need to find a place an time to take the rda tests and i am trying to find a job now and im getting no where i have temped a few places but no lck because they say i dont know enough to work there. i have a frind that is takin the class now too rose and karlie from princeton and i dont know how they are doing but all im saying is pay attition and learn as much as you can and i didnt ready anything at all in the book and still passed the book work doesnt pass or fail you... so stop worring about it but i hope you have better luck then i did

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whattodo in Victoria, Texas

80 months ago

Jackie in Flower Mound, Texas said: Please visit VIPDentalTraining.com. All info and contact info is there. I would prefer to contact you through that site rather than this forum. Thank you. Jackie

Thank you for your information. I am a wife and mother and do not have a lot of spare time to go to a college out of town or during the weekdays. I appreciate your honesty and profesionalism! This has helped me make my decision:-)

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whattodo in Victoria, Texas

80 months ago

Thank you all for your opinions and honesty. Seeing both sides from people who have the actual experience helps a lot!

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Carla-Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Dallas, Texas

80 months ago

Christina,
I am sorry you feel the school was not what you had hoped for. Each school, I feel, is different and geared toward each student's particular need. I advise everyone to ask questions during the preliminary tour, call the number the State has us give the students to where they can call and check out similar programs. Go to several schools to see what they offer, their teaching methods and year end results of how many students graduated and percentage rate of employment for those who did. I understand you are seeking a place to take your RDA (state certification test). Look at our website (www.careersindentalassisting.com) as we offer it to our students so when they graduate, they have what it takes to gain employment. It is a one day course, always scheduled on a Friday. When you sign up, you get a study booklet 2 weeks prior to the course. The Doctor lectures/teaches then you take the test the same day. While we offer it to our students, invariably we have "outsiders" come as well so they can finalize their education. You can also look on tagd.org (Texas Academy of General Dentistry). They actually have an online course and exam for about $150.00. I haven't looked into it to see if you get a study booklet or if all information is given online. It is a timed 8 hour course. I hope this helps you!
Carla

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priya in Tomball, Texas

80 months ago

Hi nedra, i just want to know if you are going for the dental school tour?? or have u done that already?? i was thinking about to go....do we need to take anything with us??

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Jai in Tampa, Florida

80 months ago

I am a student right now and i want to know why is DA courses so expensive I mean as much money as we pay to take these courses and still have to end up paying more money when finished why are they not providing us with the certificates we need to become successful and why do we have to wait so long to graduate? I'm Have to pay 6,000 back thank Jesus for financial aid because i would have to come out of pocket 12,ooo just to get a career in something that I love. I want to be a part of the Pediatric Dental Field because i have siblings that look up to me for advice about these things and I have the patience to work well with children. Are there any suggestions that you can offer to point me in the direction I need to go.

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nedra in Cypress, Texas

80 months ago

yea i'm gonna go,and no you dont need to take anything with you.it's really easy to find the school is right behing the h.e.b.food store

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Cindy in Dallas, Texas

78 months ago

You guys are all making this too complicated. I've been a DA for over 10 years and tought at a DA school for 4 of those years. Dentists don't care what school you trained at, they care about your attitude, work ethic and loyalty. They hate turnover and want to higher a DA who is going to stick around and work hard. That's it! Remember, it hasn't even been that long that all states required you to be certified and many dentists for many years trained their assistants on the spot. It doesn't matter what school you train at, you will be OVERWHELMED when you start. You'll never be fully prepared until you have some years of expierence behind you. So I think the best advice is, find a school you are comfortable with and just get it done! Take the tests, obtain your certifciations and get started! The best thing about DA is that there will always be a job for you. Your first job may not be your dream job but you'll learn and will have more to offer your next employer! Good luck and I absolutely love Dental Assisting!

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da for years in North, Oklahoma

78 months ago

I've been an assistant for many years and truly enjoy it. I've been told many times teaching was my calling. I'm interested in opening a dental assiting program. Does anyone have any advise?

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Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Dallas, Texas

78 months ago

DA in North Oklahoma, I am the owner of a dental assisting school in Texas. I don't know the regulations in your state of what is required to open a school, but I had to go through TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) which certifies all career schools here. It is a lot of hard work, paperwork, dedication to detail and up front expense but well worth the effort. When you see your own students beginning their career in a growing field, getting paid well and knowing you had a part in their lives, well, thats where your reward comes in. Good luck to you and your dream! Carla

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da for years in North, Oklahoma

78 months ago

Does the TWC certify you as an instructor or are there other certifications needed?

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Careers in Dental Assisting.com in Dallas, Texas

78 months ago

DA - TWC only certifies the school. You can't open one without State Certification. Unfortunately, there are no regulations/requirements to be a certified teacher. Part of the "mounds" of paperwork asks for your resume. I am in hopes they look at your experience, call references and approve you verses just letting anyone teach. I have been in the field for 29 years and am a RDA and CDA. My school has been open and certified since 2003. Do you have a local Workforce? If so, call them and they can give you the number of the Workforce in your State Capital. That's who you want to speak to. Hope this helps

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Shari in Fort Worth, Texas

78 months ago

Cindy in Dallas, I'm looking for a Saturday class in the metroplex, where did you teach? Thanks.

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da for years in North, Oklahoma

78 months ago

Carla, I was wondering if you could point me in a direction for funding or grants to start the school. This is going to be a very expensive dream.

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Mike in Flower Mound, Texas

78 months ago

[SSQUOTE who="Shari in Fort Worth, Texas"]Cindy in Dallas, I'm looking for a Saturday class in the metroplex, where did you teach? Thanks.[Shari, /QUOTE]

Shari, Dr. STanfield has a Dental

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Mike in Flower Mound, Texas

78 months ago

Mike in Flower Mound, Texas said: [SSQUOTE who="Shari in Fort Worth, Texas"]Cindy in Dallas, I'm looking for a Saturday class in the metroplex, where did you teach? Thanks.[Shari, /QUOTE]

Shari, Dr. STanfield has a Dental

Shari, Dr. Stanfield has a Dental Assisting school in Flower Mpound. Website - vipdentaltraining.com

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