If you have thought about, or began to research what it will take to become a dental assistant, you’ve most likely read quite a bit of conflicting information. Some websites tell you that no real training is needed and many dentists hire dental assistants without experience. That may have been the case years ago, but not today. Today’s dental assistant, especially with the current rate of unemployment, needs to be fully trained and have skills to bring to the dental office. A certain amount of on the job training is always necessary when first hired on for any position, but don’t fool yourself into thinking you can land a professional, career oriented job in the dental field without skills.
How to Obtain Free Dental Assistant Training
One of the ways to obtain free dental assistant training is if you are the family member of an active duty or retired military personnel. There are quite a few online colleges and traditional education centers that provide free training for military. If you are military you’ll need to check in your particular area to find out if this is an option for you. Here are a few examples of dental assistant training programs that provide free education to military:
- The United States Career Institute – This is a fully online college currently providing free dental assistant training through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The training provided by this school will introduce students to the duties of dental assisting and take them through all the basic steps required to land an entry level job in the dental field. We don’t have any reviews on this particular course, so you’ll need to contact them yourself. The classes are completed through the use of CD assisted training packages. For more information contact the US Career Institute in Fort Collins, CO at 866-250-6851, or check their website at uscareerinstitute.com.
- American Institute School of Health Careers - Also offering free dental assistant training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, The American Institute is located in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida and offers a training program that lasts about 10 months for day classes or up to 14 months for night sessions. These classes will have you fully prepared, as they provide general dental assistant training with an emphasis on specialized anatomy and physiology. The student will learn use of instruments and complete lab procedures. For more information on this dental assistant training course, contact the American Institute at 877-254-0198, or reach them on the web at americaninstitute.com.
- Anthem College – Anthem also offers a free dental assistant training program for military families. Unlike the US Career institute, Anthem College has several locations throughout the United States and offers an Associate of Science degree program in dental assisting. For more information on their free dental assistant training program, contact Anthem College at 800-322-4128, or visit their website for more information: anthemcollege.edu.
If you search hard enough, there always seems to be a way to receive low cost or free training, especially if you fall into the category of special people groups, such as low income, military, disabled, single parent, etc. Before thinking of taking out an educational loan, be sure to check out all of your options. You may be surprise at how many free opportunities you can find for your dental assistant training.