You’ve made the decision to pursue a job in dental assisting and have enrolled in a training program. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step on your journey towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Your experienced instructors will go over all the important information you’ll need to know as a dental assistant. However, asking the right questions will ensure that you’re learning everything you need to thrive in your new career! During your training program, be sure to ask your instructors these four key questions.
Why Are We Learning This?
Throughout your training program, you’ll learn all about what treatments you’ll need to master and how to do them. But the biggest and most important questions you can ask is why is it important! This will help you develop a deeper understanding of what you’re learning and how it will relate to your patient’s oral health. Plus, internalizing this information could very well make it easier for you to memorize the steps of what you’re learning as well.
Learning the “why” behind each part of your job as a dental assistant will also help you connect with your patients and explain to them what you’re doing. The better you can communicate with your patients, the more positive the experience will be for you both.
What Can I Do To Improve?
A good dental assisting student wants to learn, but a great dental assisting student wants to improve themselves. You don’t want to simply learn how to perform tasks well, you want to learn how to master them. Asking your instructors how you can improve will show initiative and will earn you personalized guidance on how to better your techniques.
Dentistry is a field that is constantly evolving, so there is always something new to learn!
How Will I Get My First Dental Assistant Job?
Ideally, you should get your first dental assistant job before you finish your training program. Your instructors are all familiar with the real world of dentistry and may have important resources for you to utilize. This could include connections at practices that are hiring, upcoming job fairs, and other professional networking opportunities.
Check to see if your dental assisting program offers job placement assistance. Your instructors want you to exceed just as much as you do!
What Else Can I Learn?
Your career path doesn’t have to stop at becoming a dental assistant! In fact, it’s the first step on a variety of specialized career paths. Your instructors will be happy to tell you about different opportunities you may be interested in working towards, such as becoming certified as an expanded function dental assistant, dental office business team administrator, dental hygienist, dentist, or even a dental assisting instructor!
The instructors at your dental assisting training program want to help you survive and thrive in your new career. Make sure to set yourself up for success by asking them these important questions!
At A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office, our experienced instructors can help you begin a new career in only 12 weeks! Our small-sized classes and flexible class schedule ensure that you have plenty of 1-on-1 instruction from experts with real-world experience in the field of dentistry. Plus, a section of the course outline is dedicated to job placement, where our instructors will guide you on how to create cover letters, resumes, and provide recommendations that will help you land your first job. To learn more, we can be reached online or at (480) 457-8330.