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Advancement in this career is limited due to low education requirements. Some dental assistants advance to office management or product sales representatives. Others go to school for an additional year to become a dental hygienist. Dental assisting is very much an entry level position, but experience in field and additional education can be very lucrative.
Education / Getting Started
Several educational paths exist to become a dental assistant. Most dental assistants learn on job, however more and more dentists hire assistants with formal training. The American Dental Association accredits one and two year dental assistant programs leading to certificates or associateís degrees. Some schools offer four to six month dental assisting programs, but these are not accredited. A clinical rotation is part of training.
Most States require dental assistants to be registered or licensed. Dental assistants who perform x-rays may be regulated by their State as well. The Dental Assisting National Board offers certification that meets registration requirements in over 30 states. CPR training and continuing education may be a requirement of a dental assistant.
Dental Assistant Summary
Training to be a dental assistant is a great way to get into healthcare field. It offers a great employment outlook, but additional education is needed to get into more lucrative jobs.
Max Stein, Salt Lake City, UT, USA http://www.top-colleges.com/v/medical.html Max Stein is a freelance writer who writes about business, education and marketing. firstname.lastname@example.org www.degreesource.com