FAQ’s 2017-06-26T18:07:53+00:00
Will my instructors be certified? 2013-09-22T17:20:03+00:00

All of our instructors have years of experience and are DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) certified. During the week, they work full time in general practice and have experience and exposure to many specialty fields including implants and orthodontics.

When can I tour the school? 2013-09-22T17:17:22+00:00

Tours for prospective students are given, by appointment only, Monday through Friday. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and see the facilities.

What if I need to miss one of my MDA sessions? 2013-09-22T17:06:44+00:00

In a word, don’t. The pace is very fast and it will be very difficult for you to catch up with only a few exceptions. You have made a commitment to yourself to change your life for the better. Prioritize your studies and make it happen.

 

How much study time should I expect? 2013-09-22T17:02:28+00:00

For single concept classes, you should need little, if any, time at home since all the concepts will be reviewed during class. We are always available for questions and clarifications and our instructors are always happy to hear from their students!

For the MDA class, you should expect to spend at least several hours per week reading and studying. The first few weeks are the hardest! There is a lot of material being thrown at you and it is like learning a whole new language. Our best advice is to get your books as soon as possible and start to read your materials before class. Preparing at home will make your Saturdays a lot more productive. Once you have seen the material in class, make sure you review it as well as moving on to the following weeks reading. Try to stay ahead so you don’t fall behind!

What if I lose my certificates? 2013-09-22T17:03:35+00:00

Your information is on file with us, however, you must supply proof to your employer that you have obtained your certifications. Signed reprints are available at a cost of $10.00 and take 48 hours to process and mail. You worked hard for your certifications – please keep them safe!!

Will I be ready to work when I am done? 2013-09-22T17:03:07+00:00

Yes. The MDA program provides you with everything you need to legally work as a dental assistant in North Carolina. If you are planning to work in another state, you should check with that state’s dental board to see if your certificates will be valid.

Single concept classes provide certification that meets or exceeds the guidelines for North Carolina. As long as you attend the mandatory class hours and pass your exams, you are able to bring back your new skills to the office the very next day.

Do you guarantee job placement when I am done? 2013-09-22T16:50:34+00:00

The North Carolina Division of Proprietary Schools strictly prohibits schools from offering job placement as an incentive to enroll. Our advice is that if a technical school promises you this, run, don’t walk. Especially considering the present state of our economy, no one is immune to unemployment and no one can promise you a job.

That being said, our belief is that your success is our success. We are proud of our reputation and the quality of our instruction. We are one of the only dental assisting schools that conducts a pre-enrollment interview to determine if you have the maturity and commitment to finish the course of study for the MDA program. We use the many relationships that we have in the dental community to help you set up a clinical externship at the end of your class to prepare for your real world experience. We also point our students to many untapped resources to consider when looking for a job.

These, combined with individualized instruction and small class size, have helped our graduates achieve a high rate of employment.

Dental assisting is a great career choice. You should also understand that because it is a great career choice, dental assisting is a very competitive field. You will need to go the extra mile to obtain even an entry level position. As you gain experience, though, you will have perspective on why you prepared yourself for a career and not just a job.

Does the Dental Staff Institute offer financial assistance? 2016-11-24T18:26:09+00:00

Subsidized financial aid programs are generally not available from the government to provide for technical training. Through NCWORKS, certain programs and persons may be eligible for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). You can find more information through ncworks.gov.

We understand that tuition can be very expensive. We offer several in house payment and layaway plans to help our students afford the educational opportunities they desire. Your best bet is to plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to spread out your payments and find the most comfortable arrangement.

A note on third party finance companies: Some schools are using their Carecredit accounts through their dental offices to finance their students tuition. We have had many students ask if we can do the same. Please be aware that Carecredit loans are specifically used to finance medical and dental care. Alternate uses of these loans – like to buy a car or finance your tuition – are fraudulent. We will not risk your valuable credit by allowing you to apply for a loan under false pretenses.

Is your school accredited? 2013-09-22T16:29:43+00:00

Our school is licensed by the North Carolina Division of Proprietary Schools and we abide by a strict set of regulations for our day-to-day operations. Our curriculum is approved by the North Carolina Board of Dentistry and has been designed by us to exceed the minimum requirements for our state.

The American Dental Association (ADA) does NOT accredit schools. Rather, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) oversees accreditation for the US Department of Education. The CODA process is designed primarily for Dental Schools and Hygiene Schools from which actual licenses are earned. CODA also oversees community colleges offering degree programs and programs providing credit hours. You do not need a degree (other than a high school dioploma) to become a dental assistant.

Technical schools (like proprietary schools) are not overseen by CODA. Our course provides all of the necessary certificates for you to be employed as a dental assistant in North Carolina.

 

Do I need to have any experience before I enroll? 2013-09-22T16:30:53+00:00

No. You do not need any prior dental experience to take the 11 week Modern Dental Assisting course. While some experience or familiarity will help, you should be able to understand and pass all of the units successfully with old-fashioned hard work and studying. For the single concept classes, you will need to already be a DA I or equivalent for the Nitrous Oxide Monitoring class. You should be a DA II or equivalent in order to take the Coronal Polishing or Advanced Laboratory sessions.