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Is getting certified as a dental assistant worth it?

justacollegekid4justacollegekid4 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hi, a little background:
I'm currently at a community college and will be graduating with my AA after the upcoming fall semester. I'm on the pre-dental track. I will be transferring to a university to complete a bachelor's in biology and I'm looking to begin in either the upcoming spring semester or next fall.
I am very interested in the dental assisting program at the community college I'm at now. I feel like it would give me a great advantage along with knowledge and experience. My only concern is that it's a year-long program that begins each summer. The application deadline for the program has already passed, so I wouldn't be able to begin until NEXT summer.
My questions: is getting a certification in dental assisting worth being put behind a year? Is there another way to get that experience? (I live in Florida if that makes any difference)

Replies to: Is getting certified as a dental assistant worth it?

  • bopperbopper Registered User Posts: 8,073 Senior Member
    I would find out what pre-dent students do...if it is like becoming a LPN, then I would say no, don't do it. You don' tneed to train to be a hygenist/nurse, you need to prepare for med/dental school.
  • dentmom4dentmom4 Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    No, not worth it at this point if you want to become a dentist. Very few pre-dents, if any, are certified assistants. Those who may have assisting experience are on-the-job trained, usually as a roving assistant, but no formal schooling.
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