- Aug 5, 2014
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Hello everyone, I've been browsing this website for months and finally decided to make a formal introduction and ask some questions. My name is Mariah and I'm an United States Air Force active duty service member and a full time military dental technician that has worked in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program for over a year now. I have a good amount of experience in all specialties. The only thing that I have not had my hands in as of yet are dental forensics and a strong foundation of General Anesthesia used in Oral Surgery (Which I'm sure I'll be involved in within the next year or so). Saying all of this, I'm extremely busy at work, sometimes working 12 hour shifts with new residency doctors. So, of course, I'm going to fall under that 'non-traditional' student category. I'm pursuing a Liberal Arts - Associate of Science degree starting within the next two weeks. Here lies my first question, should I be starting out with an Associate Degree? I plan on transferring to complete my bachelor's degree and focusing on biology. And on top of that, I only have time to be taking two classes as of now; any more classes and I'd be getting nervous about keeping my grades excellent. I feel as if my experience in the dental field should make up for strange work load, and have been assured by a handful of dentists that I assist that all is fine with non-traditional students and taking only a few classes at a time. I'm interested in any advice that anyone would want to share with me and appreciate all responses.