Once you have decided that you want in….that you are ready to become an orthodontist assistant, then it becomes necessary to begin some research into what schools and which programs you will want to get involved with. The choice of your orthodontist assistant schooling is not one to be taken lightly. Just like any kind of medical training, the cost of attending and completing the program is significant enough to cause one to pause and think carefully about the available options. We are going to take a few minutes of your time here in this article and describe the various options you should give some thought to and offer you some ideas of what to expect once you are in school and also what kind of cost we are talking about. As you can imagine, none of these points can be easily answered in passing. For example, with regard to the cost of completing your training, much of that depends on the school you end up selecting, the length of the program, and whether or not you qualify for any financial assistance. So, let us begin exploring this most important question regarding your orthodontist assistant schooling.
Getting Acquainted With Orthodontist Assistant Schooling
All research should start with the area you live in. First stop in this journey is to visit your Dentist. Wait, you may be thinking…why would one do that? Its a simple thing, really. What you want is the low down on what the orthodontisst in your area are looking for. Find out where they hire their orthodontic assistants and what type of schooling is required. You see, there are several different dental programs with some that are on an accelerated schedule whereas you can complete in about 12 weeks. Then on the other side of the spectrum, you can attend a community college and enroll in their dental/orthodontic program and complete your schooling in two years. Most accredited orthodontic assistant and dental assistant schools have programs that take about 10-12 months. So when you visit the doctor’s office, try to find out what their expectations are for their newly hired assistants. What you don’t want to do is go out and spend $4000-$5000 on a nice, well structured training program, only to find out later that many orthodontist don’t accept graduates from that program.
While you are in the orthodontist office, visit with the office manager and try to get a grip on these questions. Once you have crossed that bridge, then go look for another orthodontist clinic and double check your assumptions. And while you are at these clinics, do not be afraid to be a little bold and ask if they take in any trainees. That might be the quickest path to achieving your goals.
In looking at the cost, you can expect a wide range of variance depending on the type of school, the location of the institution, and the length of the program. A program at a typical community college may range from $3000 – $7000. The cost at a technical/business school will tend to be less ($2000 – $5500). Orthodontic assistant schooling at select private schools are usually the most expensive. My advice would be select a program that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) as that credential will come in handy later if you choose to take the certification exam.
You will find plenty of resources throughout our website, so take a good look around and we wish you well in your pursuits.