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Question by joshyzgirl: Question about being a Dental Assistant and a Dentist?
I plan to go to school for Pre-Dentistry to be a dentist… right now there is gonna be a class starting every saturday for 12 saturdays to become a dental assistant. Is it a good idea to do that and become that as a job during college that i start in the fall.

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Answer by Lynda
Becoming a dental assistant will certainly help you to know whether or not you like the profession. The ‘weekend only’ schools you are talking about can be okay but I would learn the laws and regulations for the state that you live in. I almost took a 12 weekend course but then found out that I could become a dental assistant through my local community college. It counts for college credits for electives and I was able to receive financial aid to pay for all of it. As for being a dentist predent.org is a community of pre-dental students that help you down that road.

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  • LX says:

    Yes that is a very good idea, and it looks good on your resume and gives you experience during training, go for it

  • PenPress says:

    Few of my colleagues (dentists) were either a Dental Assitant or a Dental Hygieniet before becoming a dentist.

    They say it helped them in :

    1. making a decision about the final profession

    2. they knew the instruments even before they went to the clinic the first time. So, helped tremendously with the transition.

    3. Of course, increased their chances of getting selected

    4. Helped them financially.

    Remember, there are 3 different types of DAs. The level is set based on how the DA gets trained:

    1. That gets trained privately by a dentist at the office. Such DAs can just get their x-ray certification and get a job.

    2. You can become an institutionally certified DA

    3. The third one is the EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant), who places fillings, makes provisional crowns, takes impressions for the dentures, etc.

    Obviously, there is difference in pay as you would also expect the pay to vary with experience.

    The following article will give yo more info and show you how to seek a job as a DA :

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/907073/interview_for_a_dental_assistant_position.html?cat=31

    Good luck !!