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I choose dental assisting because I have always wanted to work in a Health profession I enjoy working with people and I like the team atmosphere approach of a dental office Dental assisting is becoming an exciting career as dental laws are changing and the role of the assistant is increasing in regards to patient care There are also many jobs available for dental assistants and also a wide variety of options Dental assistants can choose to work in private practices insurance companies federal and state funded health programs public health departments as well as teaching community colleges or universities It is possible to become a dental assistant with no formal training However most job duties would include in cleaning treatment rooms setting up rooms for procedures and basic dental assisting There are one year traing programs available for dental assistants To enter these programs a high school diploma or GED is required This is a full time program Classes are usually from eight am to five pm Monday thru Friday In the last eight weeks of the program students are assigned to work in local dental offices to gain additional experience A minimal high school GPA of 20 is required to enter the program at community colleges Science courses are helpful but not required Upon satisfactory completion of an accredited program or having met the work experience requirements and holding current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification you are eligible to sit for the certification examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board DANBExaminations are given in several specialty areas like chairside assisting practice management and oral surgery assisting If you are successful and pass the examination you may use the title Certified Dental Assistant CDA followed by your area of specialization Certification carries with it the prestige of knowledge and the ability to apply it however it is in no sense a degree nor does it hold any legal status except in those
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