I have never been a dental assistant - does this hurt my chances? :(

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I am currently applying and I was wondering how important being a dental assistant is. It just seems like most of the people I know who got accepted to/are attending dental school have assisted before (or atleast worked in a dental office in the office). I have never worked in a dental office -- as an assistant or at the front desk.

I have shadowed before, but I am a bit concerned because I definitely, 100%, do not know about the different procedures in dentistry as compared to someone who has worked in a dental office as an assistant or at the front desk. Also, sometimes I don't feel like I know about dentistry as I should :( Since dental assisting seems like such a commonality nowadays I am worried that my lack of experience will show to adcom.

If numbers may help make a difference:

GPA: 3.86
sGPA: 3.86

DAT
AA: 26
PAT: 20
 

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I am currently applying and I was wondering how important being a dental assistant is. It just seems like most of the people I know who got accepted to/are attending dental school have assisted before (or atleast worked in a dental office in the office). I have never worked in a dental office -- as an assistant or at the front desk.

I have shadowed before, but I am a bit concerned because I definitely, 100%, do not know about the different procedures in dentistry as compared to someone who has worked in a dental office as an assistant or at the front desk. Also, sometimes I don't feel like I know about dentistry as I should :( Since dental assisting seems like such a commonality nowadays I am worried that my lack of experience will show to adcom.

If numbers may help make a difference:

GPA: 3.86
sGPA: 3.86

DAT
AA: 26
PAT: 20
:bang:
 
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Are you seriously worried about gaining an acceptance with a 3.86 gpa and 26 AA?
 
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Can't you just talk about what you've seen during your shadowing experience?
 

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How much shadowing hours do you have? If you are worried about terminology and such, maybe go shadow a little more and ask questions.
Best thing to learn that can't be taught in a text book is philosophy. As the saying goes, "ask 10 dentist their opinion and get 12 different answers." So ask questions about treatment, why treatment, why no treatment, etc. ask so many questions that the dentist pays you not to come back.
 
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I am legitimately worried because I don't know enough about dentistry and will have a weak interviewwwww. Numbers won't always be a savior
Bro are you kidding me. You really think with your stats you won't get in? Also you're smart enough to know most applicants are undergraduate students with no dental experience other than shadowing so most people are in the same boat as you.
 
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I am currently applying and I was wondering how important being a dental assistant is. It just seems like most of the people I know who got accepted to/are attending dental school have assisted before (or atleast worked in a dental office in the office). I have never worked in a dental office -- as an assistant or at the front desk.

I have shadowed before, but I am a bit concerned because I definitely, 100%, do not know about the different procedures in dentistry as compared to someone who has worked in a dental office as an assistant or at the front desk. Also, sometimes I don't feel like I know about dentistry as I should :( Since dental assisting seems like such a commonality nowadays I am worried that my lack of experience will show to adcom.

If numbers may help make a difference:

GPA: 3.86
sGPA: 3.86

DAT
AA: 26
PAT: 20
I'm a year into dental school and I still don't know jack about many procedures. Dental assisting can be helpful but is not necessary. Don't fret your stats are great you should have no problems getting in.
 
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I'm a year into dental school and I still don't know jack about many procedures. Dental assisting can be helpful but is not necessary. Don't fret your stats are great you should have no problems getting in.
This. Glad I'm not the only one.:laugh:
 
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Can't you just talk about what you've seen during your shadowing experience?
i couldn't tell you the most interesting thing i've seen while shadowing lol..i've seen basic things. but i don't think i've seen a treatment from start to finish because of the spacing of my hours lol
 

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I'm a year into dental school and I still don't know jack about many procedures. Dental assisting can be helpful but is not necessary. Don't fret your stats are great you should have no problems getting in.

this makes me feel better :')
 

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i'm from ny, so most of the schools in this state and schools in the northeast-ish area (upenn, uconn, unc, rutgers)
I think youre fine! You have good stats and it isnt common to be a dental assistant. Just relax and Im sure you will get interviews :)
 

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Being a dental assistant is not so much important when applying to dental school as it is during clinical and after you open a practice in which it gives you a leg up on how to approach various procedures and patients
 
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don't be a PITA and just enjoy the ride. Your stats are fine and you will get in unless there's a huge red flag on your application.
Out of 100 students in my class, only about 5 were dental assistants or hygienists. You don't have to have that experience.

If you do have that experience, it will certainly help you learn certain things like taking radiographs, making models, etc, but it's definitely not a requirement.
 

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I guess it's less about not being a dental assistant, but more about not enough as much as i should about dentistry
 

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I am currently applying and I was wondering how important being a dental assistant is. It just seems like most of the people I know who got accepted to/are attending dental school have assisted before (or atleast worked in a dental office in the office). I have never worked in a dental office -- as an assistant or at the front desk.

I have shadowed before, but I am a bit concerned because I definitely, 100%, do not know about the different procedures in dentistry as compared to someone who has worked in a dental office as an assistant or at the front desk. Also, sometimes I don't feel like I know about dentistry as I should :( Since dental assisting seems like such a commonality nowadays I am worried that my lack of experience will show to adcom.

If numbers may help make a difference:

GPA: 3.86
sGPA: 3.86

DAT
AA: 26
PAT: 20

Extremely important. You're finished. Don't bother applying. Look into dental hygiene school.
 
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I wish i could delete this thread lol. i am actually worried that i don't know enough about dentistry/procedures through my shadowing experiences (which i also attribute to never assisting before). i know i have strong numbers, but wasn't trying to brag. i was wondering whether the numbers could compensate for the lack of knowledge i have and a weaker interview. the interview is my biggest concern (though i hate interviews in general) because I am insecure in the dental-related knowledge I currently have.
 
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I wish i could delete this thread lol. i am actually worried that i don't know enough about dentistry/procedures through my shadowing experiences (which i also attribute to never assisting before). i know i have strong numbers, but wasn't trying to brag. i was wondering whether the numbers could compensate for the lack of knowledge i have and a weaker interview. the interview is my biggest concern (though i hate interviews in general) because I am insecure in the dental-related knowledge I currently have.

They don't really drill you on the specifics of dental procedures during an interview...the purpose of the interview not to quiz you about dentistry, it's to learn about your motivations/personality.
 
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