If you’re a dental assistant and love to learn, then you’re in good company. We often hear that successful dental assistants share a thirst for knowledge. You can’t seem to get enough continuing education (CE)!

What’s more is that new research from the DALE Foundation, the official affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), shows that CE can have a positive impact on dental assistants. CE also can impact the practices in which they work. The Value of Dental Assistants to the Dental Practice research report shows that 87% of dentists and dental office managers agreed or strongly agreed that dental assistants who complete CE are more likely to contribute to the profitability of the practice.

Additionally, 86% of dentists and dental office managers agreed or strongly agreed that CE is critical to maintaining the dental assistants’ skills.

Along with benefiting the dental practice, here are a few ways CE can help to give you a professional advantage.


To Grow Your Career

Dental assistants say they seek out CE that provides opportunities to expand their skills and take their careers to the next level. Educated and experienced dental assistants can better demonstrate their knowledge in the dental office. Additionally, they may be able to take on additional responsibilities and grow into new roles.

“As a dental professional, I have worked my way up the career ladder by continuously learning,” says Robynn R., CDA. “Education has always been a priority to me.”


To Keep You Engaged

Dental assistants say that CE keeps them interested in their jobs. Learning new things is invigorating and can bring new excitement and passion to your role.

“I strongly believe that learning is a never-ending process,” says Sheila S., CDA. “I love learning as much as I can.”


To Boost Your Value

Dental assistants say that CE makes them feel like a valuable member of the practice. The more you know, the more you’re likely to take on additional duties at work, impact the practice’s bottom line, contribute to the team and provide excellent patient care.

“When I started as a dental assistant, I quickly found that the more I learned about the field, the more I wanted to do,” says Jennifer G., CDA. “My desire to learn has opened many doors for me.”


Are you looking for online continuing education resources? You may want to explore the CE opportunities offered by the DALE Foundation!


Learn More

This post is part of a series highlighting the DALE Foundation’s latest research on the Value of Dental Assistants to the Dental Practice. To learn more, read the other posts or visit the DALE Foundation’s website.

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