DENTAL CAREER QUESTION!?
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Question by NUBIAN PRINCESS: DENTAL CAREER QUESTION!?
I finally decided I’m interested in a dental career . I will be receiving my GED soon .
Dental Assistant Salary is $ 25k – $ 40k
Dental Hygienist Salary is $ 48k – $ 78k
Dentist Salary is $ 108k – $ 178k
I want to be a Dentist and I’m thinking of starting from bottom on up and I’m content with that . I’m 20 soon , me and my mother have conflicts every now and then , and I need to support myself literally being that I’m only a Target Employee in San Diego . I already feel like I’m far behind in life and I just want to better myself completely . I have no kids so I’m wondering if I work as a Dental Assistant would that be an ok salary for a person my age who believes in living practical ? I might still live my mom until I’m a dental hygienist it should take me until I’m 23-24ish but is that salary ok for my age ?
Also once I’m a dental Hygienist , what will be needed to become a dentist ?
Answer by S J S
It’s possible… but it’s just not very practical.
To become a dental assistant you need a few classes of prerequisite work. So that already puts you at one semester of prerequisites and four of actual program semesters. Then, for dental hygiene you need two years of prerequisites. Then, after you get accepted into the program it’s two additional years. You’re looking at over six years right there. You would already be 3/4 on your way to becoming a dentist if you started out initially to become a dentist.
Unfortunately, the classes you take for dental assistant and dental hygienist will not be necessary for dentistry. The only classes that will be the same is maybe a composition class, but the sciences are totally different. You would need to go BACK to school for four additional years plus four more for dentistry school. That’s a grand total of 14+ years! Not to mention you will have debt from your dental assistant and hygiene courses, which aren’t cheap, added on to your $ 200,000 debt from dentistry school.
I would highly recommend you go directly into dentistry. Plus, ignoring the fact that it would take over 14 years and cost so much money, it’s somewhat impractical. Dental hygiene school is tough, and dental school is ten times worse. Good luck if you think you will be able to hold even a part time job during dental hygiene and dental school!
Save time, money, and effort by going directly into dentistry. It will pay off!
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