Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?

Question by Lisa: Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?
It’s a 10 week program. The tuition is $ 3,500 due up front. I’m thinking about signing up for their application for their credit card so I can make monthly payments, but I doubt I’ll get approved. I have my bachelors degree in speech pathology but I only applied to one school for the masters program and I did not get in. I applied to dental assistant jobs that say they will train the right person, but unfortunately, I received no calls. I’m just trying to find a decent paying job so I can move out of my parents house and live on my own. Anyway, they say DA’s make 29-37,000 in Michigan. I have to pay back the money they loan me on their credit card in 18 months at 14.9% interest. I’m not good with numbers and calculations, but should I just apply anyway?

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Answer by jannsody
Please be aware that their website doesn’t mention anything about being accredited in any way (not even nationally accredited which is basically worthless 🙂 In addition, the school is NOT accredited by the “American dental association”.

Please also instead consider the more affordable (and usually more reputable) *community college* and/or the *state-public university* (or even the county vo-tech adult school) as long as the program is accredited within the industry. Just an fyi that “American public university” is a for-profit school.

For U.S. colleges (though please still forgo those for-profit schools):

General career info: and can search.

Before considering dental assistant training, please look through some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers a dental assistant/dental hygiene program or a local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which can be difficult for some to handle.

To search for an accredited dental assistant program:

With regard to moving out, you may be aware, but saving up one’s money is crucial before having enough to get one’s own place 🙂 How about working out a budget of your monthly expenses vs. how much money you have to work with, at this point.

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Question by ilovemike310: I need tons of work done on my teeth and i’m broke, anyone know any dental schools or programs in PA?
well first off, i brush my teeth with a sonicare toothbrush 3-4 times a day, floss once a day, use Act restorative mouthwash everyday, and try to stay away from sweets, but i still have shitty teeth. add on top of that that my parents never took me to the dentist once in my life (not even joking). i’m a broke married grad student with a 3 yr old and my husband’s job has no dental plan. my mouth is filled with cavities, and i probably need some root canals and crowns. i live in eastern pennsylvania. does anyone know of any dental schools in eastern or central PA or even in New Jersey, or any type of cheaper program in the area? If not, what are some good, affordable dental plans i could sign up for? i’m going to need a lot of work that is going to cost at the very least the cost of a new car. sorry this is so long. i’m just so embarrassed and depressed about my teeth and that i don’t have the money for it; i just really need some help finding a place that i can afford.

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Answer by Jeanie
Start by checking with your local health dept. they should have some leads or apply for Medicaid as there’s a lot they will cover esp. xrays cavities & even more elaborate projects with some co-pay (not much compared to actual price of the procedure) well worth looking into, all states have some type of programs, you have to search your phone book, ask around, check at library, hospitals, dentalschools, do some research your best bet..good luck..been there, done that, got results!

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