The new year is quickly approaching, which means, as an aspiring dental assistant, you probably have a few goals in mind. While working on your dental assisting training, it is important to think about what you want out of your career. From additional certifications to teaching opportunities, there are plenty of areas you can set your sights on. As you get ready to welcome 2020, why not check out these 3 goals that might be worth setting in the coming year.
1. Obtaining Additional Certifications
When surveying dental assistants who have a DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) certification versus those who do not, it is clear there are most benefits available to those who have taken the time to study and earn this type of certification. Not only does it provide opportunities for higher pay, but it also leads to greater job satisfaction.
There are many DANB certifications available, which is why it is beneficial to begin looking into the areas you want to become certified in while attending a hands-on dental assisting school.
2. Enrolling in an Expanded Functions Program
As a dental assistant, it is your job to continue learning more and more about the dental industry. So, the idea of enrolling in an expanded functions dental assistant program shouldn’t be out of the question. Many dental assistants find value in these types of programs simply because it allows them to further their education and experience, becoming more well-versed in the field.
By becoming an EFDA, you can increase your value and become much more of an asset to your own dental office and fellow dental assistants.
3. Look Into Teaching Opportunities
If you’ve never thought about teaching, 2020 might just be the year you decide to transition from the dental office to the classroom. Whether it is instructing a course within a dental assisting program or working as a program director, this move can not only lead to great benefits personally, but your skills and knowledge will be able to help aspiring dental assistants.
Of course, there’s nothing saying you can still practice and teach at the same time, right? You can get the best of both worlds and bring that experience into the classroom as you teach those who are looking to land themselves in the same field as you.
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For more than 25 years, Dental Assistant Pro has been providing aspiring dental assistants with essential knowledge and hands-on skills learning. Our philosophy is the best dental assisting training should be taught in a dental office at an affordable cost, so why not take a chance and enroll in our 10-week course schedule? It’s now more affordable than ever to become a dental assistant! To learn more about us, visit our website or call (614) 202-3919.