Should You Become A Dental Assistant?

Should You Become A Dental Assistant?
DATE On July 17, 2020

Maybe you've heard that dental assisting is a great occupation that does not require a bachelor's degree. Perhaps you have been told that your gentle, caring demeanor would be perfect for the job. What you may not know is that dental assisting is among the most quickly-expanding career fields in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of dental assistant positions is expected to grow by 38,700, or 11% between 2018 and 2028.1

Dental practices across the nation have had difficulty hiring dental assistants due to the lack of education and training, leading to shortages in many states.2 For example, surveyed practices in some  states needed an average of two to six months—but occasionally eight or more—to find and hire a new assistant!2,3 Rockford Career College's dental assisting diploma program helps students fill these roles by giving them hands-on training via externships. By working with a local practice for 180 hours, you could not only gain valuable experience but also potentially meet your future employer.

With the number of qualified dental assistants in sharp decline, many practice owners are now considering how to retain their assistants. As a prospective employee, you may be able to negotiate a higher salary or receive reimbursement for your training based on this information.2 Dental assistants have value in this economy, and we are here to show you how to get the most out of your new career. Our professional instructors could teach you everything they have learned in their field, our career services team could help place you in the right work environment, and our financial aid team could show you what options you have to make your training even more affordable. You could have your diploma and be arriving at your new office in as little as ten months!  

Call 888.680.6682 or submit our Request Information form online today to learn more about our program. Currently, we offer a hybrid program that combines online learning with on-campus instruction for hands-on components. All of us at Rockford Career College want to see you succeed and are ready to help you meet this growing need!

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at (visited July 08, 2020).
2 Dawley, J.  (2020, April 1).  How the economics of dental assisting is impacting your practice.  Dental Economics.
3 Washington State Dental Association.  (2019, March 26).  Help wanted: Washington's hygienist and assistant shortage.  WSDA News Magazine.


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