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MandyJ in Greenville, Texas

66 months ago

Hi, i have been thinking about becoming a RDA but i really dont know how to go about it. i have done my research and i was thinking about going to a 6wk course but then i just heard that you could do a 1day thing. like go to class all day and at the end take your RDA exam. but its not hands on. ive heard some dentists would rather train you but i just dont want to waste my money on a 1day course if someone wants me to have hand on exper. which do think would be better?

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mandyJ in Greenville, Texas

66 months ago

thank you. do u mind me asking, did u ever get a job as a dental assistant after you took the class? or is that why it upset you?

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joni in Seattle, Washington

66 months ago

Just a question for everyone...

How long did it take you to be comfortable with assisting? I am currently a DA extern. I haven't really externed and I am beginning my second week.

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Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas

66 months ago

went to a couple of interviewss and they blew smoke up my ass leading me to believe that I was going to get the job telling me that they were going to call me back telling me how much I was going to make and they told me that they wanted someone with 12 years of experience.

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MandyJ in Greenville, Texas

66 months ago

12 years? wow thats crazy. i planned on applying to places in dallas and surrounding areas after i became a dental assistant. hopefully il have some luck.

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Amy1982 in Auburn, Washington

66 months ago

Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas said: went to a couple of interviewss and they blew smoke up my ass leading me to believe that I was going to get the job telling me that they were going to call me back telling me how much I was going to make and they told me that they wanted someone with 12 years of experience.

Wao. 12 years of experience...
I dont know how I reached this page I am thinking to take dental assistant program in private college Renton,WA. I am scared to take a course or not to take. can someone help me here... should I do medical assistant rather than dental assistant?

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Amy1982 in Auburn, Washington

66 months ago

Foster in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I did a 11 week dental assisting program and afterwards 40 hour externship and received my certificate, but I really felt unprepared. Paid a lot for it and I felt that I wasted my money. Most places asked for at least a year or two experience. The place that I work now is an ortho lab. I didn't even put my dental school and "experience" on my resume. I later mentioned in my interview that I did a dental program and that I wanted to be honest and told him that it was a crash course school and I didn't get much out of it and I would have felt fraudulant if I said I had experience. But because I was familiar with it I was hired for on the job training. Everything that I'm doing now was never covered in the dental school. Dental and Ortho are very different though. I find that most ortho facilities do on the job training cause they are more specialized.

I am going for dental assistant 8 months program. I am looking afterwards to finish my study in dental hygienist. Is DA program is good to go?

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Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas

66 months ago

i think that was just an excuse, maybe they found another person fit for the job. i say yes absoultly go for medical assistant you will have alot more luck but hurry cuz it booming and fast.

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Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas

66 months ago

yeah stupid crazy 12 years made no since. i have put trying to be D/A on the back durner until i get tired of working in retail. but get this a girl walks into the store that i work at and was bragging about getting a D/A position entrey level and she didnt even know the difference between the mandible and the maxillary i was totaly HOTTTTT!!!!!!!!

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lilia in La Habra, California

66 months ago

our dental office in Montclair california, and we want hire a dental assistant, any people intrsting, pls email me,

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lilia in La Habra, California

66 months ago

our dental office in Montclair california, and we want hire a dental assistant, any people interesting, pls. email me henry_cao668@yahoo.com

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lucy in Houston, Texas

66 months ago

It sucks trying to find a job as a dental assistant,I completed in may a 14 week course and no one has call me,its a waste of money and time.am still trying.

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lucy in Houston, Texas

66 months ago

DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKE ME UP SET, IS THAT YOU GET PAYED MORE MONEY DRIVING A SCHOOL BUS THEN AN DENTAL ASSISTANT.

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marixa in Athens, Texas

66 months ago

Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas said: you are going to do fine seeing as how you are going to go to school.... only advice that i can give is just try harder and be willing to drive to anywhere theres an opening.

Did u ever find a job??? As a DA..
EMAIL ME BACK marixa.villanueva@yahoo.com
I really want to be a dental assistant but prefer to do on the job training!!!

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marixa in Athens, Texas

66 months ago

lilia in La Habra, California said: our dental office in Montclair california, and we want hire a dental assistant, any people interesting, pls. email me henry_cao668@yahoo.com
OH DO I WISH I LIVED IN CALIFORNIA HERE IN EAST TEXAS THERE REALLY ISENT ANY DENTIST THAT WILL HIRE OR EVEN DO ON THE JOB TRAINING!!!

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Anna in Toronto, Ontario

64 months ago

Amy1982 in Auburn, Washington said: I am going for dental assistant 8 months program. I am looking afterwards to finish my study in dental hygienist. Is DA program is good to go?

The program is good, the job .... words fail me to express how horrible it is.

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stacy f in Indianapolis, Indiana

64 months ago

should i ever call the places i tuned resumes in to and ask for a interview or is that to forward help still trying to look for a job as a DA i feel like i wasted my money also.

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eichie in Tyler, Texas

63 months ago

yes you should call untill they either say they want you or they dont want you. you need to show intrest. and alot times dental offices are really busy so maybe you calling like 3 or 4 times a week they might remember you and see that you really are intrested in the job and just give you an interview so good luck.

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Hippie in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania

63 months ago

HEY I"AM NEW IN THE FIELD, I WAS LUCKY TO BE HIRE AT A PLACE WHERE I DID MY EXTERN , PLUS I AM A PATIENT THERE, IT NOT A BAD FIELD BUT YES THE DR CAN BE MOODY YES IT IS HARD WHEN YOU FIRST GO INTO THE JOB BUT ANY JOB IS SEE I DID MY LAST JOB FOR 22 YRS STARTED HAVING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HATED WHAT I DID SO I DECIDED TO CHANGE AT THE AGE 44, IT WAS HARD, SO YES ANY JOB BECOMES STRESSFUL WHEN YOU ARE IN THE FIELD THAT LONG.NOW I AM A CDA/WITH XRAY AND SO FAR I LIKE IT DON;T LOVE IT I ENJOY IT, SO FAR.YOU DO RUNINTO DR THAT SEEM TO HAVE MOOD SWINGS, DON'T LIKE TO ADMITT THE ARE THE ONES THAT MADE THE MISTAKE ..............

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dixieroad44 in Lakeland, Florida

63 months ago

Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas said: you are going to do fine seeing as how you are going to go to school.... only advice that i can give is just try harder and be willing to drive to anywhere theres an opening.

are cerificates good in texas from florida...

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stacy f in Indianapolis, Indiana

63 months ago

i mow i looked from indiana to ohio and i had to get there certification there but you can find out for sure by going on the danb web sight good luck.

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dixieroad44 in Lakeland, Florida

63 months ago

eichie in Tyler, Texas said: yes you should call untill they either say they want you or they dont want you. you need to show intrest. and alot times dental offices are really busy so maybe you calling like 3 or 4 times a week they might remember you and see that you really are intrested in the job and just give you an interview so good luck.

what is the going rate in texas ????

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Aida in Chicago, Illinois

63 months ago

hi i went to school its a 6 months course and it good but all the girls that come back to see the teacher the tell us that its hard. so im scared cause like the girls say everthing that we r learning there its a waste of time so im scared. i start my extern on march but i dont know where to go to do my extern. what so i do?

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BM in Raymond, New Hampshire

63 months ago

Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas said: i took a weekend course it cost 300$. on the the second day at the end of class we took the state board exam now mind you i knew nothing about the dental field when isigned up for the class, but i passed the test the FRIST time that i took it mith an 85. that was six monts ago and still no luck. ( I am getting very discruntled and discuraged) i just wanna give up.

Learn to write correctly, it's a big plus in any dental and medical field.

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mommymichele in Westlake, Ohio

62 months ago

I just completed 7 month course for dental assisting and currently doing my 160hour extrnship at a very busy office. I had the best attitude walking in there but now i really hate going. I feel like i am letting these people get the best of me and i am not performing well. I am extremely interested in the how, what, why of dentistry and i feel like i am not benefitting here at all, girls just look at me funny when i ask ??'s. I could use some advice.. I thought the dental office was suppose to be filled with people who really cared. I hope this all makes sense

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Shaelynn in Salmon Arm, British Columbia

61 months ago

I feel the same as some other posters. I'm in Canada and paid quite a bit of money for an 8 month course from a highly recommended school. I passed the exam with little trouble but as far as being prepared for the real world of dental assisting I felt very lost. I was one of only 3 people from a class of 30 to land a job. That was as of 6 months post graduation and then I lost contact with most classmates. Many of the girls had a horrible, horrible time during their 2 week practicum where we were placed in various clinics to assist a dentist. Many girls were just 'used' to do clean up work and got no real 'assisting experience' out of it. I was lucky to get into a decent clinic with a very nice dentist. I still found that I was very ill prepared and felt school had taught me little to nothing when it came to real life skills. I then moved provinces and landed another dental assisting job. The clinic disgusted me.The lack of sterilization was disturbing to say the least. The dentists were money hungry and treated us like scum. They regularly humiliated us in front of patients. The hygienist was a sweetheart and so helpful. She was the only reason I lasted a full 3 months at this hell hole. The other girls were very nasty. I regularly went home crying. Many posters are correct. Every time you work for a new dentist you will have to learn things all over again. If you find a great dentist things do become less stressfull once you have learned how the dentist does things and where everything in the clinic is located. But dental assisting can be a very stressful job for low pay and if you ask me if the dentist is at all snarky or unappreciative of you then the low wage, potential stress, dealing with blood, saliva, patients with contagious diseases, and constant upgrading of courses/knowledge is not worth it. There are jobs out there that pay better and you don't even need a degree. Plus here in Canada at least- some dentists will hire you with no schooling.

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Amy in Dearborn, Michigan

61 months ago

Foster in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I'm interested in becoming a dental assistant. I have no experience in the field. Is it possible for dental facilities to hire you without dental knowledge and if so how difficult would that be? I've heard of people getting hired without prior experience, but would I be setting myself up for frustration. I've applied for assisting positions, but surprise surprise no one has called me for interviews.

Hi! I answered an ad for a dental assistant. The ad said willing to train the right person. I got the job and was on the job trained. After 5 years I decided to attend an accredited dental program. It was one year of study (fulltime).I am now a Certified Dental Assistant. I was hired at another pratice two years ago. Pay is good and benefits are great! I love what I do. It all started with answering the ad. Don't give up!

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mommymichele in Westlake, Ohio

61 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Actually the office I am doing my externship at, (the one i talked about) just offered me a job today!!!!.......For $9.00 hr........ WOW! Don't get me wrong, im grateful but heck no. i really feel my personality and attitude can earn a lot more. I'm very compassionate and helpful. I don't feel

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slimjim29 in Greensboro, North Carolina

61 months ago

Hello I am a entry level dental assistant.. i just finish a program last month and just started putting my resume out there.. I knew it was going to be tough due to how the economy is now but I am not giving up. If anyone have any positive pointers on how I can aim a job, please let me know. Although I too do not have any experience I definitely am not going to give up.. I think there is a job waiting for all of us.. Just gotta stay positive!! Good Luck to everyone

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misstjb in Conway, Arkansas

61 months ago

The best thing you can do right now is go to each office and introduce yourself with a resume in hand. Go in the mornings before the day gets to crazy. A lot of employers do not advertise for an upcoming opening. It is about being at the right place at the right time.

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Suman Sharma in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

60 months ago

Hi,
I am planning to take Dental Assistant online course from Penn Foster college. Has anyone did from there and was it helpful in getting the job? I would really appreciate the reply very much.
Thanks.

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monica

60 months ago

Foster in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I'm interested in becoming a dental assistant. I have no experience in the field. Is it possible for dental facilities to hire you without dental knowledge and if so how difficult would that be? I've heard of people getting hired without prior experience, but would I be setting myself up for frustration. I've applied for assisting positions, but surprise surprise no one has called me for interviews.
I started in the dental field about 7 years ago, Its a great field although other co workers can really make things hard and crazy for you.And the doctors are on the most part insane!!! good luck!!!!

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slimjim29 in Greensboro, North Carolina

60 months ago

I currently just finish dental assisting school. I have only been out of school for a month but I have been applying everywhere. I have heard that some dental office will train the right candidate but its all in how you present yourself in the interview. I wish you the best of luck!!!!

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monica

60 months ago

congrats! now the fun begins haha. When going on your interview you have to be strong and polite,Tell them that your willing to work hard and too let them give you a chance to prove yourself. This should work.

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TH in Wichita, Kansas

58 months ago

Suman Sharma in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania said: Hi,
I am planning to take Dental Assistant online course from Penn Foster college. Has anyone did from there and was it helpful in getting the job? I would really appreciate the reply very much.
Thanks.

If you take the dental assistant class from Penn Foster you can't take the exam to become a certified dental assistant unless you have so many hours of working in the field. That's what I was told by the Dental Assisting National Board anyway. They said because there are like 3 different sections you have to test on. You can look at their website for more details. I would say don't waste your money though. I thought about it, but if you are determined you can get a dentist to train you on the job. Ask a dentist office if you can volunteer for awhile or at least job shadow so you have something to put on a resume. Good luck!

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Marie h fortunat in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

58 months ago

I been a dental assistant since 2005 in boston Ma. I went for interviews and they do not want hire me because they asking me for experience. If noone wants to hire you how you can get experience ,
I moved to port saint lucie florida since 2006 and keeping looking
I do not have any results yet. What can I do? I took a loan to go to school for a year program I am an x-rays certified at Boston University. I well prepared. For your information, I went for a working interview and I was so surprised they prefered to hire a high school student with no background for dental assistant yet instead of me, It was frustrating. I tell you it is up to the
hire manager and the dentist

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dezzy

58 months ago

Hello everyone,

I was just reading all of your comments and can relate with many of you. I am actually currently in a dental program at a local university to become a dental hygienist, but before I applied to the program, I wanted to make sure that this is really what I wanted to do. So, I applied to several offices for a couple months, no responses. I then just decided to actually drive around asking if anyone was hiring for any position including office work. NO LUCK! I had no experience prior to this except my education. Finally, my husband had to see a specialist for a procedure and was talking about me going to school for dental hygiene. She loved his personality and was in need of a dental assistant, so he gave her my number and she called me for an interview. Well, needless to say, I got the position. She tells me everyday that she is glad that my husband needed work done and that she will always hire non experienced assistants so that she can train them her way. She also has a small practice that she will be expanding in the near future and I am more than welcome to become her first hygienist when she does.

I just wanted to tell you my story that way you all can see that there is hope out there for anyone wanting to get into the dental field. Just keep your head up and go out every chance you can get and physically talk to these people. You never know, they may just love your personality and give you a chance.

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jdjohnston98 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

58 months ago

Suman Sharma in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania said: Hi,
I am planning to take Dental Assistant online course from Penn Foster college. Has anyone did from there and was it helpful in getting the job? I would really appreciate the reply very much.
Thanks.

I finished the Dental Assistant program through Penn Foster about 6 months ago. I have had no luck finding a job. Everyone wants hands on experience. I have none since i did a course online. When i started i had heard of so many people getting jobs with no training at all so i thought this would help me. Im starting to think it was a waiste of money and i should try a different field. I have 3 kids and can't keep looking forever. I need work asap.

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Brittany in Detroit, Michigan

58 months ago

Does anyone know of any affordable dental assistant training schools in or around detroit, mi? Or maybe any offices that provides hands on training?

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alexa in Mount Juliet, Tennessee

58 months ago

In Tennessee they just changed the state law where you just need to fill out an application through the state and once they approve it you are a RDA. I recently went through the process and having no experience other than shadowing (which I highly recommend if you have never been around dental procedures). I went to every dental office in a 30 mile radius from my house. I didn’t care how far away from my house it was I needed a career not a job and I knew this is what I wanted to get into so..... after 2 weeks of going to every dental office I saw and no calls or e-mails or any signs I had even put my resume out i got an e-mail from a dentist whose only assistant was going to be out of town and he wanted me to fill in for her. I was excited because could put that on my resume as experience!! So the week went really well and I tried my best to make a great impression on everyone at the office and by Thursday I was offered a fulltime position!!! even though getting paid as I’m in training (which I am) I have a career and couldn’t be happier! It takes persistence and a good personality!

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rocco in Toronto, Ontario

58 months ago

Eichelberger in Tyler, Texas said: it i really HARD TO get any dental position w/out any expirence i took a weekend class and it was the biggest waste of money i have ever put out. unless you dad is a dentist you just about have no luck. sorry for being so negative but the dental field has upset me. if you have money to waste, time to throw away, and have no idea what you want to do with your feature then you go ahead. i wish you the best of luck!!!!!!!!

You have to understand that in life, there is nothing that comes on a sliver platter. when you put God first in whatever you are doing, you will find that things will turn in a different way. I am also a Dental assistant. So, my advise to you is to focus on God and remember that determination changes things.

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rocco in Toronto, Ontario

58 months ago

Caroline in Washington, District of Columbia said: I'm a dental assistant with no experience,I apply every where but no one has called me for interwiews ,I'm getting sad about that,don't know what to do!! any advice please.... to caritochaucca@hotmail.com......Thanks

Focus. Never put emotions when you are applying for the job of your interst, go with heart knowing that you are not the first person who has applied fo that job and above all, put God first in all that you do.

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Kayle in Conroe, Texas

58 months ago

jdjohnston98 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri said: I finished the Dental Assistant program through Penn Foster about 6 months ago. I have had no luck finding a job. Everyone wants hands on experience. I have none since i did a course online. When i started i had heard of so many people getting jobs with no training at all so i thought this would help me. Im starting to think it was a waiste of money and i should try a different field. I have 3 kids and can't keep looking forever. I need work asap.

Most people without experience search and search with no luck. I have done this myself, and it SUCKS! After wasting time, energy, and gas driving around from office to office, I volunteered at a community clinic for a month. While doing this, I searched for real jobs, and got one in no time at all because I had gotten experience. This would be a rewarding and worthwhile thing for you to do. These clinics offer great experience and always welcome new graduates. Google community clinics in your area. Also, this will look great on your resume. It shows you have experience and that you've volunteered to help the community... for free! Not many people are willing to work for free (it will be worth it though), so it may set you apart from others. Good luck!

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Kayle in Conroe, Texas

58 months ago

lucy in Houston, Texas said: It sucks trying to find a job as a dental assistant,I completed in may a 14 week course and no one has call me,its a waste of money and time.am still trying.

I hear you, sister! I went to the Houston Dental Assistant School, a 10 week program. It was nice completing it so fast, but I searched forever for a job with no luck! I only got a job because I got experience working at a community clinic for free for a month. It's in the woodlands, if you're interested. They always take new graduates and it is totally worth it if you've been looking for a job and not had any luck. Volunteer work looks good on resumes as well.

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hyg sucks in Richmond, Virginia

58 months ago

Here is some advise. Go through the temp agency. When you temp the offices are usually patient with you because you are tempting in their office. That way you get experience and sometimes they pay more. Then you can talk to other people in the field and they can give you pointers. I am glad to see that most of you are certified. They are not here. They take a one day class for x-ray certification and that's it. The rest is hands on in the office. There are some that go to school for it but the ones I worked with haven't. I know agency here pays like $15 per hr and my friend who has like 10yrs makes $20 an hr.

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jdjohnston98 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

58 months ago

Thank you so much! I will do that for sure. :)

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nice smile in Oxford, Michigan

58 months ago

Brittney,

There is a Dental Assisting program at Oakland Community College in Waterford. You may be able to get in for free if you qualify under Michigan NO worker left behind.

Tina

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aurangeluv in Seattle, Washington

57 months ago

Amy1982 in Auburn, Washington said: Wao. 12 years of experience...
I dont know how I reached this page I am thinking to take dental assistant program in private college Renton,WA. I am scared to take a course or not to take. can someone help me here... should I do medical assistant rather than dental assistant?

So what did you end up deciding? I'm in Seattle & just came across an 11-wk. program, but found this site...and woh.

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Suman Sharma in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

57 months ago

I am also not sure if I should attend the dental assistant classes that I planned to do. I don't if someone above 50 has a chance of getting job after taking dental assistant classes. Does anyone know if it an appropriate area for older poeple or no.

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cda in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

55 months ago

Jessica in Baton Rouge, Louisiana said: You can get a job, but it is hard because everyone wants experience. So keep trying someone will hire you. Good luck.

Hi Jessica, I noticed you are from Baton Rouge area, I'm thinking of moving there soon. I have been DA for 10+ years; taking the last 2 years off. Do offices in La. offer the weekend certification programs to get state certified???

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