Can a felon become a dental assistant?

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dentalGURU2009 in Genoa City, Wisconsin

76 months ago

Are you kidding me??? *sigh*

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haiku30 in Santa Ana, California

76 months ago

Thanks for your useless post. I'm studying to be a DA and already intern in an office.

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1984 in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

I think that mostly depends on the licensing board, have you contacted them? It also depends on your employer as well, some don't do background checks, and only care that you are valuable employee. Since it's been 10 years, have you looked into getting your record sealed or expunged?

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haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

Thanks. I actually did a background search on myself and nothing came up. It has been 11 years so maybe most searches dont go back that far. Thanks for the encouragement.

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kokoluv7 in El Cajon, California

75 months ago

we all need some from time to time.send me a message if you come across any more useful info

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haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

I will. Are you on facebook?

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kokoluv7 in El Cajon, California

75 months ago

yes i am actually. just use my email kokoluv777sd_sweety@yahoo.com

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

Haha good one guru.

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Kat in Seminole, Florida

75 months ago

Since you live in California you might be ok.It is a more liberal state.Here in Florida they do background checks to be a waitress.It is sad we live in such a country that holds any and all infractions against us for life.Even crimes committed before age 18 are no longer sealed or hidden.I knew a girl that stole a car and sold pot at age 15.Now she can't pass a background check.We condeme everyone that isn't perfect according to society and legal standards.To the angry man that is going into legal work ,I feel sorry for him and all he comes in contact with.He has so much anger and sees only the negative in people and in life.This is common in those that have been cops,lawyers,prison gaurds.Most of what they see in life is bad and ugly,so that negative energy turns them bad.

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lynne in Glendale, Arizona

75 months ago

In California, you do not have to list any drug convictions past 2 years after they occur. It is still a felony and will come up on National databases if you ever live CA. If it was a first and only offense, why dont you just have it expunged and it will go away for ever and you will not have to worry about it anymore. Hope this helps.

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

Maybe I will. I did a couple background checks on myself and it came up clean, so I'm not worried about it. It was 11-12 years ago.

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1984 in Tampa, Florida

75 months ago

Just because it doesn't show up for you, doesn't mean it won't show up for a potential employer. Especially if they run a federal background check - and some do. Basically, if an employee really wants to dig up dirt on you they can still find your record easily if you don't have it sealed or expunged. There are varying degrees of background checks, some which have no limit in the amount of years they can go back. I wouldn't take the matter lightly - just offering some friendly advice.

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

I've talked to the office manager of the office I work at and in CA, Most employers do a standard 7 year background check, some MAY go back 10 years.I'm not trying to get a job with the CIA. I'm not trippin and I dont take the matter lightly, I'm just not at all worried about it anymore. I've worked for big companies in the past and never had a problem.

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

75 months ago

Well, lets face it, It is not likely that a small dental office is gonna do a federal background check for a DA job. That would be rare.

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jason in Oldfort, Tennessee

75 months ago

does anyone know if you can be a dental assistant in tn after being convicted of a felony drug charge if completed probation never went to prison and never been in any other trouble except a few misdemeanors

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kokoluv7 in Justice, Illinois

75 months ago

some people dont make mistakes in their lives. they live in a world of perfection where nothing goes wrong. for those that live in a more harsh reality most people wonder why of all the potential we have to become a success story in our earlier lives we chose to do the wrong things. maybe with better guidance it would be possoble. judge a rapist and a murderer or a crackhead that abandoned their kids dont judge us for wanting more for ourselves.

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jasondentalassitant in Santa Maria, California

75 months ago

Go for it, believe in yourself, and in God.
Work hard and dont give up.

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candace cross in Lancaster, California

74 months ago

i just got charged with a felony for possesion of marijuana, the funny thing is that i don't even smoke weed, anyways i was interested in going to school to be a dentle assistant, will this be a problem??

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

74 months ago

candace cross in Lancaster, California said: i just got charged with a felony for possesion of marijuana, the funny thing is that i don't even smoke weed, anyways i was interested in going to school to be a dentle assistant, will this be a problem??

Did you not just read all the response in this thread? Will going to school to be a DA be a problem? no.

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Riley in Copperopolis, California

74 months ago

Does anyone know how important it is to attend an accredited dental assisting program, or is any dental assisting program suffucient? I am checking into vocational, ROP programs and technical schools, any adivice is appreciated.

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Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California

74 months ago

Save yourself 10k and go to ROP.

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Riley in Copperopolis, California

74 months ago

Thanks for the input, I was thinking that would be the best route to go.

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kaka5235 in Kansas City, Missouri

74 months ago

I admire everyone on these posts that are trying to better themselves after experiencing something so difficult. I too am a felon. My felony was in the state of Texas, which is one of (or possibly the worst) state you could ever find yourself in a compromising situation. My information to everyone is something that I think is usefull. I was sentenced to "straight" probation. I was unaware at the time that you cannot get your record expunged when you are given straight probation. So my record will be with me for the rest of my life. I have tried everything to get a job. Telling the truth, telling a lie, getting hired and then being fired for having a conviction. Or even worse telling the truth before being offered the position but then the company backing out because the background check was completed and the company "just can't" employ me per company standards. I have even held temporary positions and even those are slim pickings and low paying. I think the Dental Assistant is a great idea. I am not too keen on working everyday in someone's mouth, but if it will give me stability and a job, I will do what I have to. Good luck to everyone!!!

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greysaddict in Texas

74 months ago

@Haiku30 or anyone familiar with Wells Fargo. When u were employed with them, was it within the 10 years of your felony? My husband has become a potential hire and has a felony. It was 13 yrs ago in Arkansas. But since then has gone on to college and got his BBA. I was wondering if u knew how many years they go back? Sucks cuz this is always haunted him & he's worked so hard to put all that behind him.

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Yas in Decatur, Georgia

74 months ago

Wow... I can't believe how many people are convicted felonys. I have just recently been convicted of a felony, one count for conspiracy. It was a bank fraud case. I am a 3rd year college student, and I am currently working in a periodontist office as a assistant. I want to go to dental school and was wondering if that is still a possibility? If anyone has any answers if you can please let me know. I have done some research but have not received a solid answer.

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greysaddict in Texas

74 months ago

@ Yas, my advice to you is that as soon as all ur probabation has been served and done then u need to start finding out the process to have your records sealed and expunged. The sooner u start that process the better because it will take some time. My husbands felon was almost 13 years ago. No one told him that u can get it wiped out and sealed until 4 yrs ago when he finished college, got a good job then got fired from it for his background. When I spoke to the state pardon coordinator she said that his first and maybe even his second time applying for it he might get denied. But eventually it will happen. Some states may required u to wait almost 5 years before you can start the process. It's ridiculous cuz there are, may not be too many, but there are people out there who made their mistakes, did their time and have worked hard to overcome it but the goverment will not allow them to be fully rehabilitated. Anyhoo, hope this helps a little.

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sky1 in Irving, Texas

73 months ago

I have just been charge with a felony but after I complete probation it will drop to a misdemeanor A and Im going to school
for dental assist will they let take the test to become license.

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raymond in Rosemead, California

72 months ago

ive been to prison in ca on parole and barley dischared in 07
i also have a [poss of weed ] and still got my job have any questions email me at maldonadoraymond3969@yahoo.com

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Felony follows me like a shadow in Grand Junction, Colorado

72 months ago

dentalGURU2009 in Genoa City, Wisconsin said: Are you kidding me??? *sigh*

I dont think you know what kind of DA he or she was talking about. There are more than one DA's...lol..think hard about that one....DENTAL ASSISTANT!

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Felony follows me like a shadow in Grand Junction, Colorado

72 months ago

raymond in Rosemead, California said: ive been to prison in ca on parole and barley dischared in 07
i also have a [poss of weed ] and still got my job have any questions email me at maldonadoraymond3969@yahoo.com

The email you put up is not working, I want to send you an email. Can you fix it?

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Felony follows me like a shadow in Grand Junction, Colorado

72 months ago

greysaddict in Texas said: @Haiku30 or anyone familiar with Wells Fargo. When u were employed with them, was it within the 10 years of your felony? My husband has become a potential hire and has a felony. It was 13 yrs ago in Arkansas. But since then has gone on to college and got his BBA. I was wondering if u knew how many years they go back? Sucks cuz this is always haunted him & he's worked so hard to put all that behind him.

More than likely a work background check will not go past 7 years. If it does show up, have hime explain that it was so long ago that he just totatly forgot, "because it hasn't been a part of his life for so long".

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WATCH UR LIP PUNK

69 months ago

I HOPE SO I GOT A FELONY FOR AWOL 87 DAYS I SERVERD 1 YEAR IN JAIL FOR IT SO I FEEL I PAID THE PRICE DONT COMMENT ON MY CHARGE PLZ ATLEAST I WENT TO THE ARMY ALOT OF PEOPLE TALK Smack BUT THEY NEVER DID anything TO HELP , ATLEAST I DID IT FOR AWHILE AND SEE WHAT I HAVE AND THEN YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND . YEAH MY FELONY IS NOT EVEN IN FLA LAWS BUT STILL I HOPE SO BC IM 25 AND WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING OF MY SELF . I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK. THE GUY THAT LEFT YOU A BAD COMMENT I GUESS HE WOULD LIKE YOU TO GIVE YOU AND JUST START DOING BAD Stuff. IM JUST SAYING HES TRYING HES BEEN GOOD FOR 10 YEars nd for pot really guy you make it sound like he killed a family anyway best of luck , you can do anything you want ...

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Wendy in Jeffersonville, Indiana

68 months ago

Seems like everyone on this board is from California. My felony is a drug trafficking charge from Florida. June 20th 2005, but I wasnt sentenced till June 6th of 2006. So Ive been convicted for a little over 4 years now. (I was 17, judge if you will, does not hurt my feeling, and thats not why Im here) as well as many of you, Ive been hired and fired after having my background check come back to haunt me every time. I'm starting dental assisting classes soon, and I hope Indiana Laws for this profession dont haunt me like every other entry level job out there.

Good luck to everyone for trying to better themselves.

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coleycol

68 months ago

Can anyone help me? I live in CA. I was offered a job at wells Fargo pending the background check. I have a misdemenor that was expunged about 7 years ago. When I had my cop friend pull up my background he told me there were no arrest on my record. I'm worried I won't pass the finger print test that I'm having done tomorrow. Does anyone know if they can pull it up on my record even if it was expunged? Please help! I'm stressing out.

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Mama in San Jose, California

64 months ago

Well, I got a question too.. My husband is a 3 time convicted felon, and all related to weed charges. He is enrolled in college and wants to become a dental hygenist. So, is it worth it to go through all the requirements and the hygeine program? He got convicted last year in march.. I'm trying to do some research and see what I could find

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Escott_j

63 months ago

Mama in San Jose, California said: Well, I got a question too.. My husband is a 3 time convicted felon, and all related to weed charges. He is enrolled in college and wants to become a dental hygenist. So, is it worth it to go through all the requirements and the hygeine program? He got convicted last year in march.. I'm trying to do some research and see what I could find

I would contact the state dental board where his wishes to set up his practice and inquire of them.

I graduated the Top of my Dental Assistant class in 1988. I am a felon and have not worked in a dental office yet...

Now, as a Paralegal (Graduate Blackstone School of Law, Dallas, TX 2002)one has a greater chance of being of value!!!

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**KAT** in Hollywood, Florida

62 months ago

Hey, I just turned 22yrs old and had got into a bit of trouble within the last couple yrs. i have never been convicted of a felony charge but, have gotten felony charges with judication with-holds on all of them. Marijuana over 20grams, Poss of Alprolazon, Vicaden, and so on but, i was never found guily on any or sent to prison just a probation sentence which is completed and closed can i still be a dental assistant i need to find out before i pursue this as a start off career. Does it still pop up bc on applications it asks if id ever been convicted or misdemeanor or felony and i alwayz put No telling the truth will these felonys that im not convicted of interfere with my future? plzzzz answer me any1 who knows or have been thru this

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citrine631 in Edgewater, Florida

62 months ago

I know what everyones saying. I'm trying to get a degree but am still deciding on a major. I have 3 misdemeaners but a ton of arrests from ages 18-23, I'm 24 now and trying to get my act together.Could I be a Paralegal with more ease than in the medical field?

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mikedomes in Fontana, California

61 months ago

Haiku30 in Costa Mesa, California said: Save yourself 10k and go to ROP.

what exactly do you mean by rop im in (california)
also if you can help me out i was convicted of drug sales charge 4 years ago. my so called friend left drugs in my car and got pulled over anyhow
im going to to start school in between software development or dental hygienist what ever gives me a better chance to have a decent job. if i choose dental hygienist what steps should i make.

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assistant in Atlanta, Georgia

61 months ago

mikedomes in Fontana, California said: what exactly do you mean by rop im in (california)
also if you can help me out i was convicted of drug sales charge 4 years ago. my so called friend left drugs in my car and got pulled over anyhow
im going to to start school in between software development or dental hygienist what ever gives me a better chance to have a decent job. if i choose dental hygienist what steps should i make.

dental game is great no back round checks unless u work with kids great money easy hrs and its the same thing over and over

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Ebony5808 in Victoria, Texas

60 months ago

I live in victoria tx and I recieved my RDA in corpus christi, but have been unable to find a job because of my felony....and mines 4yrs old

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tammygrote in Gardner, Kansas

60 months ago

assistant in Atlanta, Georgia said: dental game is great no back round checks unless u work with kids great money easy hrs and its the same thing over and over

what is dental game?

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ashley in Mesa, Arizona

60 months ago

Depending on what your felony was for, you might want to seek employment where you don't have to come in contact with people. Perhaps a call center? Maybe you should go to college for 4 years, keep an entry level job and maybe someone will take a chance on you.

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michelle in Huntington Beach, California

59 months ago

I am currently going to school (completeing 1 year so far) working towards an AA degree but would love to become a Registered Dental Hygienist eventually earning a Bachelors Degree. I had worked as a Dental Assistant/dental x-ray tech off an on for about 15-20 years. I have always felt defeated (because of my past mistakes) in wanting to work towards a Bachelors of Science in the Dental Hygiene field. I have no violence, 2 drug felony charges, some misdemenor charges. I am aware of steps you can take regarding expongement/sealing your record, would these steps help in pursuing my goals. Is there anything I can do to work towards my dream. I maintain a 3.8 GPA average, I love school, and want to become the woman and mother GOD intended me to be. Can anyone please give me honest advise on what I should do. If this is not something that will work out for me could someone please give me honest advise as to what would be a positive direction for myself to work towards. Basically this is all for my daughter, I want to give my daughter a normal life in which she and all children deserve. I want to make her proud and all the chances other children get with the help of their parents. (this is for myself too, but our children do come first) PLEASE HELP!!!! Love, Michelle

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michelle in Huntington Beach, California

59 months ago

I am currently going to school (completeing 1 year so far) working towards an AA degree but would love to become a Registered Dental Hygienist eventually earning a Bachelors Degree. I had worked as a Dental Assistant/dental x-ray tech off an on for about 15-20 years. I have always felt defeated (because of my past mistakes) in wanting to work towards a Bachelors of Science in the Dental Hygiene field. I have no violence, 2 drug felony charges, some misdemenor charges. I am aware of steps you can take regarding expongement/sealing your record, would these steps help in pursuing my goals. Is there anything I can do to work towards my dream. I maintain a 3.8 GPA average, I love school, and want to become the woman and mother GOD intended me to be. Can anyone please give me honest advise on what I should do. If this is not something that will work out for me could someone please give me honest advise as to what would be a positive direction for myself to work towards. Basically this is all for my daughter, I want to give my daughter a normal life in which she and all children deserve. I want to make her proud and all the chances other children get with the help of their parents. (this is for myself too, but our children do come first) PLEASE HELP!!!! Love, Michelle

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Everyone deserves a 2nd chance in Miami, Florida

59 months ago

@Michelle I'm not sure what the guidelines for California is but if it is anything similar to Florida sealing or expunging your records are useless and a waste of so much money and time when looking for employment in the Health care field or when pursuing a government-related position. Regardless of sealing/expunging your record , government officials and healthcare facilities are STILL able to see your information up to 10 years I believe. Nowadays, even schools are upgrading to Level II background checks (the highest level) even before entry into the program for their purposes and the facilities where you will be doing any clinicals (if any). I only know this because I'm going through somewhat of a similar experience with one drug misdemeanor and one felony charge
(traffic related). Again, the lincensure guidelines and regulations may be different from Florida as they are a little more lenient on drug charges. I do believe people can change and it is a shame you have to go through this. Before looking into anything I would suggest that you 1)Contact the licensure department in your state to see what their requirements are because although some schools may still allow you into their program, the licensing dept. in California may not allow you to sit for the exam. Once you've contacted the licensing department, you'll know where to take things from there. I hope this helps and please don't get discouraged. God will steer you in the right direction even if being a Dental hygenist isn't for you. If it isn't, maybe it is just a sign that He wants you to focus on something else that IS actually for you. Again, hope this helps and i hope everything works out for you

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Paige in Tyler, Texas

56 months ago

I have a Felony also, I just recently paid a great amount to get my CDA however I'm not sure if this is going to be a well sought out plan for my future. I have several years left on probation here in Tx. and my conviction for a DWI with a minor is only a mere 2 years old. I'm not sure if all of this studying will pay off. I'm also worried about the fact that people are pre judgmental. Finding a job is close to hopeless & with my stipulations on probation needing a job is detrimental to my freedom. I know that with each passing day it's a game of roulette due to not having a job but all I can do is put all my effort into doing the next right thing, & trying to better myself for my future. I've even sent in letters to Dear Abby asking for advice to no avail But being a good person doesn't help the stigma people stick on you when they hear Felon. Thank Goodness that their opinions of me doesn't determine who I am. Good Luck on everyone's journey, through God all things are possible!

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Jim Bohner in Woodbridge, Virginia

56 months ago

Hi. Um. I got a felony and convicted in September of 2009. I went to Santa Barbara County Jail for 35 days, was on EM (electromagnetic monitoring) for 30 days. It was my first offense. Last offense. The offense was for theft through bank transfers without permission that I was told I could do from the person's 22 yr old grandson (the executor). Afterwards, I got special permission to leave the state of California to live in Virginia and to be monitored by a probation office in Virginia. I have learned my lesson. I am not an everyday criminal, I committed the crime because I lost my 8 year career job getting paid $20 an hour, subsequently, lost my house to foreclosure, my car, losing my family, and my sanity and upon finding opportunity, I panicked (like in that movie "Fun with Dick and Jane -Jim Carrey) Anyway, today, I checked paid to do state and national searches in my records with my name and my social security number and no records were found.. AT ALL. Is this accurate? I am going trying to going into Insurance. The first criminal check from my manager didn't see anything and I am going to take the Virginia State Life exam soon and I am wondering if they will see the conviction from California? The question is obvious, I am debating on whether I should even list it the information.

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cathy in League City, Texas

53 months ago

I'm kind of looking into being a Dental Assistant but I feel like I don't have a chance because when I was 17 I got caught shoplifting so I have a petty theft charge (misdemeanor) I'm 19 now so I don't know what to do? It was a stupid thing I totally regret because it's hard for me to find a job now. HELP PLEASE! :)

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amyatwood in Union, Kentucky

49 months ago

haiku30 in Santa Ana, California said: Thanks for your useless post. I'm studying to be a DA and already intern in an office.

so does this mean your a felon? I have been going to dental assisting school for 6 months now and coming up on my externship, so I was really needing some positive feedback. My felony is 7 years old.

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