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 Program.
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
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.
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