• Set Yourself Up For Success Webinar

    October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
    SDN and Osmosis are teaming up to help you get set up for success this school year! We'll be covering study tips, healthy habits, and meeting mentors.

    Register Now!

  • Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!


Income between completion of requirements and graduation


New Member
Jan 30, 2013
Hey everyone,
Is there a way to make some income working in the dental world if you finish your dental school graduation requirements a few months before actual graduation? I may finish three months in advance, and am trying to starting paying back these loans before I am able to begins practicing after graduation/licensure. I am also beginning a specialty program in July so it would be a temporary job between 3-4 months.

I assume some of you may have assisted in an office or something along those lines.

And please don't suggest travel destinations, I am looking for suggestions that involve providing an income.

Thanks in advance.
About the Ads


New Member
Jan 30, 2013
Fantastic answers so far guys.

But in all seriousness, I was wondering if anyone had come up with anything besides maybe assisting with a local familiar dentist. Has anyone found a working position at their respective dental school? Or maybe working with the ADA or ADEA?

Not that this post applies to everyone out there, but maybe some members have something legitimate that they can contribute and help give someone else an idea in the future.

And while relaxing and enjoying life while you can is a very valid idea, I think the Walmart and crack dealing guys are good examples of maybe too much relaxation.


Full Member
10+ Year Member
Oct 28, 2007
  1. Dentist
You could look into working for a dental lab during that time.

I know a big full service lab that is always looking for help. They would happily hire someone in your situation for a limited time. You wouldn't make big bucks but you might learn a lot and make connections that could be useful later.


Full Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 21, 2011
  1. Dental Student
I know a guy in the class ahead of me that finished early and ended up moonlighting as a hygienist in CA. I think you may have to take a licensing exam though. That lab thing sounds like a really good idea...wish I was finishing early!


Full Member
10+ Year Member
Apr 2, 2011
  1. Dentist
you can work, it can be done. i worked at a local sales place for 2 years (end of 2nd-graduation). i made about $20,000 over that course of time. at an interest rate of either 6.8% or 7.85% this could easily double to $40,000. it can make a dent in your loans, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.


Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Apr 30, 2008
  1. Dentist
If you only have a couple of months before graduation.. applying for a dental hygiene license would take that whole time, and you won't have much time left to work. I say just take your time and enjoy being young. Once you start your residency.. and then on to real practice, you'll miss the days of being carefree.
I've been in practice 6 years. It's not that glorious being a dentist in private practice. With budget cuts in every corner, you'll have to work 3x harder than your senior dentists to make profit. Go ahead and enjoy life. A couple of thousand dollars won't make much of a difference.

Does anyone know for sure if getting licensed as a hygienist during your 4th year is really a viable option? I would like to know as well.
About the Ads
This thread is more than 8 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.