FAQs for Students

What does a dental assistant do?
What is the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist?
Do I have to go to school to be a dental assistant?
How much do dental assistants get paid?
How long is the dental assistant program?
Do I HAVE to go to summer school?
Is it possible to attend the dental assistant program on a part-time basis?
Is it hard to get into the dental assisting program?
What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted?
Is it possible for me to compete for a spot in the dental assisting program straight from high school?
What is the deadline for applying to the dental assisting program?
If I am not accepted this year, will I automatically be put on the waiting list for the next class?
If I accepted in February, does that mean I will not be able to attend the program in the fall?
As an alternate, what can I do to improve my chances of entering with the fall class?
What are the chances of me getting Hepatitis or Aids from a patient?
If I enter the dental assisting program, will I be required to work with patients who have HIV/AIDS?
About how many hours will I be in school each week?
Is the program hard?
What can I do to improve my chances of success in the dental assisting program?
How much time should I set aside for study on a weekly basis?
Do dental assisting students have to maintain a certain GPA (grade point average)?
How many hours can I work each week and still keep up with my school work?
Does the dental assisting program have a strict attendance policy?
Is there a dress code for the dental assisting program?
Do most graduates find a job easily?
If my child is sick and not allowed to attend day care, can I bring him/her to school with me?
Will I take all of my courses on the main campus of the college?
Will I be assigned patients to work on in labs and clinics?
Someone told me that dental assisting students are not allowed to smoke. Is this true?
Is Coastal’s dental assisting program accredited?
What do employers say about Coastal’s dental assisting graduates?
Why should I consider a career in dental assisting?
Whom do I contact if I want to learn more about the dental assisting program?