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Dental Career Facts: Answers To Common Questions

1. A dental career ... does it fit?

The dental field provides plenty of opportunity for your creativity to shine. Dental technologies are constantly evolving and changing, allowing you to better care for each patient. A role in the dental field requires a level of customer service and care that is unlike any other field. If you enjoy working with people and find fulfillment in caring for others, a dental career may be the perfect fit for you.

2. How do I qualify for the right dental school?

After much consideration, you've decided that a dental career would be a great fit for you. Requirements for dental school admission may vary per state and/or school. However, for consideration, most states require dental applicants to have earned a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED).

For more information on admission requirements at your local dental schools, fill out our application with Dental Career Now. A career advisor will contact you directly to walk you through the admissions process. Get started today!

3. Is it time for a career change?

It's never too late to change your career path. Whether you are coming from a desk job or a sales position, a dental career could be the perfect fit. You don't need previous dental experience to change careers. The right training, from the right school will provide you with the necessary tools to guide you on a new path filled with exciting opportunities.

4. The right school—what's my perfect fit?

Finding the right school can be a daunting task. The perfect fit is different for every student. Programs vary by school, offering a wide variety of options to suit your lifestyle and educational needs. Depending on the dental program you choose, you will have multiple learning options available to you.

5. What's the bottom line?

How much will it cost? Tuition will vary by school and training program. Financial aid and student loan services are available to those who qualify. Our dental career specialists can provide you with further details regarding tuition and assistance.

6. Do I have career options?

Yes! As a dental professional, there are a variety of educational paths and career opportunities to choose from. From a dental assistant or hygienist to an orthodontic assistant, you can choose a dental career that fits your passion. Depending on what you choose, you can then decide where you would like to build your career.

7. Working with patients—will I get hands-on experience?

When you first begin your dental program, you will learn and practice your skills on other students. Once you have mastered these skills, you will then have to take a practical test to assess your skills.

8. Graduation—then what?

Once you graduate from your dental program, you are required to take a written test to assess your knowledge as well as a hands-on test to assess your skill level. Once you pass this test, you will receive your state-approved certificate.

It's a good idea to take this exam soon after completion of your program, while the information is still fresh in your mind.

9. How do I get licensed?

Take the test. Prior to the state-approved dental certification exam, you will have a chance to test your knowledge and practice your skills. Most dental curriculums include study skill development and test-taking strategies. You will also take tests periodically to prepare you for a final licensing exam.

Dental laws and regulations vary by state. Once you graduate from dental school, you will want to check the local regulatory agency for licensing and testing information within your state. You must register to take the certification exam prior to taking the test; online registration is available in some states.

The test will include a written and hands-on evaluation; you must pass both before you can receive your certification / license. After taking the state-approved exam, it will take some time to receive your final grade. If you achieve a passing score, your official dental license will arrive by mail shortly.

Once you receive your license, you will be ready to find a future employer that best fits your personality and lifestyle.

10. Ready to work—How do I get started?

You have earned your dental assisting or dental hygienist license. Congratulations! Now it's time to start looking for an employer. Seek an employer that best fits your skill set and personality.

What are you waiting for? Fill out our form now to be connected to local dental programs in your area!

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