What are my chances of getting a dental assistant job with just a dental assistant diploma?
Do I have a good chance getting a dental assistant job with just a diploma in dental assisting? I'll be going to penn foster career school for the diploma and I was wondering if I could actually get a job with the diploma.
Asked By: Amy D - 3/3/2009
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A lot of offices are willing ( and prefer) to train their new assistants. They like people without prior experience, so that they don't have any old habits they have to break you out of. I started with a Dental office 10 years ago without experience or formal training. I just reached my 10 year anniversary there... More
Answered By: pixiedust - 3/3/2009
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I work in a dentist office and one of the dental assistants here went to a dental assisting program for under a year. Im not sure if it's the same everywhere.
Answered By: snowwhite - 3/3/2009
You will receive a certificate in dental assisting. Then you should take a state exam to become a certified dental assistant and your chances of getting a job verses someone who was not trained is MUCH better!
Answered By: Unknown - 3/5/2009
penn foster career school for the diploma are a joke! You need to get hands on..Not over the computer! Plus most states what you to pass the state test.. Good luck doing the through penn foster. Go to a real college ~ best luck!
Answered By: pRiNcEsS07 - 3/5/2009
Your chances are great. Many states allow dental assistants to start working without any formal education or training, so you're one step ahead of the competition. A school that's not accredited may not be beneficial if there are formal training requirements, so you may have to continue your education at some point... More
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