Traits of a Good Dental Assistant Program
Mar 1, 2019
You say you've been thinking about a career as a Dental Assistant, and you've been searching for the right Dental Assistant training program for you. A program that will meet all your needs and give you the best education and training so that you can become successful in a long-term, rewarding career.
Do you know what to look for?
Of course, we at Concorde believe we have everything you need and then some. The coursework in our Dental Assistant training program emphasizes the clinical and administrative aspects of serving in a dental office setting. It immerses you in the practical aspects of providing dental patient care in a real-world, hands-on environment.
Most important, we believe that Concorde has a Dental Assistant program which thoroughly prepares its students to, following graduation, take the licensing exam to qualify for employment and thrive in the field.
But don't just take our word for it. Read what some of our faculty and program directors, who are in the classrooms and labs every day with our hard-working students, say works best in ensuring their graduates' success.
The basics of learning to be a Dental Assistant
Most anyone in any program agrees - the success of any program starts and ends with doing the simple things correctly.
"It really starts in the classroom," said Debbie Fritcher, Aurora campus Dental Assisting Program Director. "We have instructors and staff who are committed to the success of our students, and this shows up in the classroom through lively lectures where instructors really bring life to the program. We utilize real-life experiences in our teaching, and we go into depth as to why a procedure is done the way it is."
Fritcher believes that coming to school should be enjoyable for the students as well as informative.
"Our program is structured so the students are held accountable to the policies and procedures," she said, "so that when it is time for them to begin externship, they have an understanding what it means to be employed as a Dental Assistant."
9 aspects of a strong Dental Assistant program
Dale Rogers, Tampa campus Dental Assistant Program Director, lists nine basic aspects any good DA program should have.
- Teamwork - Students and faculty must have the same objectives and goals
- Service before self - Go above and beyond to reach each student's needs
- Understanding - Compassion and empathy or, more to the point, love of people and dentistry
- Integrity - Doing the right thing when nobody is watching
- End result - Establish obtainable goals
- Empowerment - Empower your staff to complete the job
- Revamp - Adapt to the needs of students
- Respect - Learn to agree to disagree as professionals
- Maintain Concorde core values at all times
Reaching beyond the classroom
What makes Concorde's Dental Assistant program stand out from all the rest, Fritcher said, is that the teacher's involvement with the student goes beyond the classroom.
"We speak career to our students," she said. "Our DA team has all graduated from a school like Concorde, so we can relate to and understand the struggles that students face with managing their families, jobs and free time. We are cheerleaders as well as mentors and coaches for our students, and the students continue to respond well to that approach."