Host an Extern
Dental Assistant Externship Q&A
- What are the benefits of hosting an extern?
The biggest advantage of hosting an extern is the convenience of having an extra set of hands around to help out in your office. It may be a student, but we don’t just have school-trained assistants, we have students who are comfortable and competent in the office setting and not just a classroom. This is because our school actually takes place in a real dental office. All of our students show up in scrubs and ready to help you in any way you need free of charge. If you have any RDA’s that need a break or just an extra hand, feel free to have our students step in for a bit and help!
- What are your schools externs expected to do?
You can delegate them any tasks that you find appropriate. They are experienced in taking fast set alginate impressions, maintaining office hygiene, sterilization, preparing set ups for the day’s procedures, and any other tasks including observing or seating patients.
- What have they done in class? How can they help exactly?
They can help clean rooms and flip them, which can allow your RDA’s faster turnaround. They can also help manage instruments and keep your office picked up in a way like having an extra person helping you in the practice.
Having an extern in your office should be easy, and never a problem. We never want to have an office bothered by having an extern; we want them to have extra available help.
- What is expected of me in training these externs?
Nothing. You are taking a student who wants to work in the same capacity as your own hired RDA. The only difference is you are allowing them to learn in a different office environment than that of the school. You are providing them with the opportunity to experience live procedures performed on real patients, something that they do not have access to in school. Our students show up ready to work and help with anything you ask of them.
We do ask you to let them participate in any RDA related tasks that you are comfortable with them helping with. We do not require that you let them practice any specific skills during their time at your office; we simply encourage you to give them the opportunity to learn.
- A 12-week course seems a bit short?
We are a school without the typical brick and mortar walls and the chalkboard- style teaching. We believe that hands-on learning is essential to training the best assistants, and this is how we train our students from day one in class. Our program was specifically designed by a dentist to train students on exactly what they need to know to work successfully as a dental assistant. We conduct interviews with our students prior to admitting them into our school, and we accept only the top quality assistants.
We extract the essentials of assisting and train assistants who can whip up an excellent impression with fast set alginate, showing a great vestibule. An assistant who knows proper placement of a suction tip while still knowing how to make and trim a nice set of whitening trays, but also knows the steps to a composite filling. In addition we teach them digital x-rays and also how to operate Dentrix G5.
Our goal is to produce the very best assistants for you and your staff!
For any questions about our program or externship, feel free to give us a call!
Hire a Dental Assistant
- Our goal is to provide you with quality trained assistants who contribute to the productivity of your practice. We believe that our students should enter the workforce ready to work right after graduation. This means that have been trained thoroughly with many hours of hands-on experience in all of the crucial aspects of dental assisting.
Our school accepts only the top applicants, therefore allowing us to produce only the highest quality assistants. You will find out assistants to be very well prepared and eager to advance their dental assisting skills.
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- What is required of me as a student:
You will be required to attend 12 classroom sessions at our school in addition to a 40 hour externship that takes place during the week.
You must be available for normal business hours during the week to complete your externship hours.
- Certification – Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
This course includes the Online Dental Assistant Radiology Exam, which is required by the State of Texas to be eligible for your RDA License. You will take this exam during Week 10 of the program.
Upon successful completion of the Radiology Exam, you will need to then apply for your RDA License through the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
We will supply you with everything you will need to do this including instructions and the RDA application.