Preparing you not just for a job, but also a profession
A career in the dental profession often offers many benefits beyond just a fulfilling role in the community and higher wages. For instance, most positions offer health care benefits, retirement or 401(k) plans, uniform allowances, paid vacation, paid holidays, free dental care, profit-sharing, paid sick days, as well as the ability to be promoted. We understand how fulfilling this career will be and how important it is not only to learn the skills necessary but also to learn the appropriate demeanor and compassionate bedside manner to succeed in this profession.
Job Interviewing Skills
Who better to teach you how to master superb job interviewing skills and techniques than someone who actually has experience with hiring dental assistants? We will not only teach you exactly what dentists are looking for, but we will also conduct mock interviews with feedback so that you can be sure to make a wonderful first impression that makes you stand out in a crowd.
Our curriculum works top to bottom through all of the necessary and essential educational requirements needed to sustain a job as dental assistant. You will receive an in-depth education in dental anatomy, terminology, techniques, infection control, disinfecting, instrument processing, equipment use, and OSHA guidelines. You will also have access to some of the most current dental literature available today.
MDA X-ray Curriculum and Certification
You will use the Michigan Dental Association’s (MDA) curriculum to learn the correct skills necessary to pass the MDA’s state dental X-ray certification exam. If you pass the MDA’s exam, you will be legally certified to operate and use dental X-ray equipment in the state of Michigan.
Job Placement Assistance
Although we cannot promise specific job placement, and students alone will do most of the job searching, we do inform students of opportunities that come across our desk. Due to our vast connections and reputation in the profession, as well as our various professional memberships we retain, we oftentimes are privy to multiple job opportunities before they even reach the papers or any other form of advertising.
Certificate of Completion and Graduation Requirements
Students must successfully complete a written midterm, final, and X-ray exam. In addition to that, students must also complete 30 hours of hands-on chairside clinical training (student to student) and demonstrate X-ray competence. In recognition of satisfactory fulfillment of the prescribed requirements, students will receive a Careers in Dental Assisting diploma. (Something to certainly be proud of and something that is definitely recognized and respected within the dental community).
Letter of Recommendation
If we determine that a student has honorably fulfilled all the requirements prescribed by the Careers in Dental Assisting program, we will provide you with a letter of recommendation. This letter will relay to those interested in hiring our students an outline of our program as well as something personal that stood out throughout the course of training that we would find prudent to share. However, it is our firm and strict policy that we retain the right to refuse the writing of any such letter should we feel it is not truly warranted (i.e., it is not a guaranteed thing, so work hard!).