Career Guide

Dental assistants can advance in their careers through various avenues. One option is to obtain further education and on-the-job training, which may vary based on state requirements. Dental assistant programs can be completed at local vocational schools or community colleges, some of which are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Prerequisites typically include a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, completing an externship can help aspiring dental assistants refine their skills in different areas of dentistry, such as chair-side assisting and dental pathology. Enhancing one's resume by acquiring certifications and additional training not only increases employment opportunities but also enables dental assistants to specialize in specific areas of the dental field. Continued commitment to learning and improving one's skills demonstrates dedication, personal responsibility, and integrity in the profession.

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