One of the best ways to get a job right out of school is to set yourself apart from other dental assistant applicants. A great way to do this is to pursue additional training in dental office management and other certifications. This will allow you to perform more work around the office and make you a valuable member of any team. Read on to learn more about different certifications to boost your resume and get you a job, fast.
Dental Office Management Courses
One way to move your resume to the top of the pile is to complete dental office management education. This additional training helps expand your role in the practice by teaching you more about patient interactions, financial reporting, front desk management, and HR fundamentals. That way, not only will you have the know-how to operate the back of the office by aiding in dental cleanings and procedures, but you’ll also be able to interact with patients regularly by scheduling appointments, answering insurance questions, and a variety of additional duties.
Most states require a certification in order to operate radiological equipment in dental settings. These programs typically entail two educational components, including a series of lectures as well as clinical sessions. That way, you’re able to get a hands-on approach as well as training in an educational setting. Here are some of the learning elements included in these licensing courses:
- X-ray exposure and evaluation
- Radiology safety
- Mounting and labeling radiographs
- Radiation biology
- Troubleshooting and processing errors
These courses will include training on both film and digital X-ray imaging, so you’ll be able to know how to work technology in different dental practices.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant Courses
A step-up from a certified dental assistant is an expanded function dental assistant. In order to pursue this certification, you’ll need to first complete your dental assistant license and have two years of experience underneath your belt. Throughout your EFDA training, you’ll learn how to perform coronal polishing, dental sealant applications, administration of sedation, applying fluoride, and performing certain orthodontic work. Not only will that make you a valued member of any dental practice staff, but it will also provide more variation in your day-to-day work!
If you love learning and mastering a variety of skills, it’s a good idea to look into additional certification and licensing programs like the ones listed above. Not only will this additional experience and training boost you to the top of most application piles, but it will also keep your career fun, new, and exciting!
About A-Z Dental Assisting & Front Office
At A-Z Dental Assisting & Front Office, we offer a variety of certification and licensing courses as well as resources to help all of our graduates get out into the field and find their dream jobs. Our staff is hands-on and passionate about building mentor relationships with students so they feel they have someone to help guide them through this new process. We offer all of our students job placement support, including preparation of resumes and cover letters, as well as helpful hands-on training so each student feels confident in the field. For questions or to learn when our next classes are beginning, visit our website or call 480-457-8330.