Please note that externships are recommended, but not required. Externship hours are a personal commitment of your time; these hours are not included in our coursework.
An externship is intended to further qualify your training and to provide exposure to an actual working environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in the externship program, on a day-by-day basis, in multiple dental practices to provide some exposure to the various dental specialties. The externship program will become available after the sixth week of the Dental Assisting course is completed. A list of participating practices will be provided to you, or you may choose other Dental practices if desired. You may choose days and specialties in which to participate any time after the initial six weeks is completed, or if more convenient, the externship hours may be performed after the completion of the entire classroom course. Externship availability is entirely dependent upon participating practice availability and schedules.
Many students have been hired as a direct result of externships. We recommend at least 40 hours of externships; however, if you are not yet employed, we highly recommend continue doing them, as time permits, until a position is secured. Hours of externships on resumes are very important. The more, the better, as externship hours equate to experience. Also, externships can be considered working interviews in the right place at the right time. Always consider them as interviews.