The New York School For Medical And Dental Assistants / Stay away
I graduated May, 2009. I CANNOT take the DANB exam (Dental Assisting National Board) in New York State because the state (New York State Education Department) requirements are 3500 hours of dental assisting experience, whether or not you have school educational requirements or on-the-job experience. New York State Education Department ONLY recognizes the DANB exam results when you apply for certification in New York State. Secondly, the certification exam is only offered once per year: June. Deadline for application submission is April 28th. So I have to work a whole year and be un-certified to practice by the State Education Department in New York State until I am eligible to sit for the exam. The school misled me into believing that I can take an acceptable certification/registering exam after graduation and completion of internship, but the certification/registering exam the SCHOOL RECOMMENDS is not recognized by New York State in order to become certified by the State Education Department in New York State! Only TWO SCHOOLS in New York State currently have that authority: one in Buffalo NY and the other is Monroe Community College. The enrollment pressure placed on students are unbelievable. Also, required internship: you have to travel far and wide for these internships. You also have to find your OWN sites for internship - very little help from the counselors. Some doctors that have listed with have you interning 6 days a week, 12 hours a day because it is free help that they are getting. DON'T FALL FOR IT! 10 months of education cost me $11, 000 - a LOT of money!!! Save your money, go to a community college where you can get T.A.P. by the state (Tuition Assistance Program) and get college credit at the same time. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!