Dental Assistant Program Acceptance
Dental Assistant is one of the fastest growing professions. It is anticipated to be one of the top
occupations by 2012. Almost all Dental Assistant programs require applicants to successfully pass a
background check prior to acceptance. In addition, drug testing is becoming a widely common
practice as well. Most states require students to be tested for Hepatitis B prior to acceptance as well.
Many programs want to look at your work history, education level, and GPA. All of these factors
combined will determine if you are accepted into a Dental Assistant Program. You will get a letter
informing you of the decision. If you are not accepted into the Dental Assistant Program, you have the
right to inquire as to the information that decision was based on.
The reason for background checks for Dental Assistants is because of the number of people they
come into contact with. Since they serve the public, their background becomes an area of concern.
Safety is a top priority in the dental field. Precautions are taken protect patients as well as other staff.
The background process is very similar in all states. You will be required to provide your personal
information and fingerprints. All information that comes back will be reported to the program
director. Each state has different levels of acceptable background checks for the Dental Assistant
If you believe your background might prevent you from being accepted into a Dental Assistant
Program, ask the instructor or the State Dental Board what the regulations are for your particular
state. In some states, they will only look at background information that is less than seven years old.
Others will only ban you from the Dental Assistant program if you have been convicted of a crime that
involved violence or was of a sexual nature. Other states are very strict. If you have any felony
convicts at all, you will not be accepted to the Dental Assistant program. They also will look at
misdemeanors including harassment and domestic violence.
Background checks are an ongoing issue with Dental Assistants. You can complete the training
program and your license. Your license will be valid for three to five years depending on the state you
live in. Upon renewal, another background check will be completed. You can lose your license and
your career if you have had any criminal activity during your licensing period. Again, it depends on the
regulations for your state.
Since state regulations vary, keep that in mind when considering transferring your Dental Assistant
license to another state.
Drug testing regulations have come into play to provide safety for patients and other staff. Drug
convictions will generally result in you not being admitted to the Dental Assistant program. It is
believed the drugs will impair your ability to perform your job duties in the manner they must be
done in. Also, since drugs are available on site of dental facilities, it is possible you will take them.
Hepatitis B is a concern in the dental profession. All individuals wanting to enroll in the Dental
Assistant program will be required to be tested. They test requires a quick skin prick on the top of
your hand. The results are generally available within a couple of days.
Depending on the Dental Assistant program you are trying to get into, they will require a background
check, drug test, and Hepatitis B test. If there is a large demand to enroll in the course your work
history, education, and GPA may also be taken into consideration if more people what to enroll than
there are slots available.
Being a Dental Assistant is an opportunity to provide assistance to people as well as participate in the
practices of the dental field. It also requires accepting responsibly for your actions. Dental Assistants
have to be very responsible. It is believed you decisions in your personal life often reflect the choices
you will make in your personal life.