FAQs by Dental Assistants in Central Texas (Austin)

Short vs Long Term Program

Why should I go for a short term school course?

We have customized our curriculum to focus on the skills and information  that you will need on a day-to-day basis in a dental office.  Our program allows you to practice on real people in real situations as much as possible.  Most longer  Dental Assisting programs spend more time in the classroom memorizing pieces of the human anatomy than learning the hands-on skills needed for their career.

How can a short term course be as effective as a long term course?

Our program ensures that you have experienced chair side procedures and other duties enough to feel confident during an internship and/or working interview to convince  a dentist you should be hired over others.

Can I expect to make a higher starting salary if I attend a longer school?

The starting salary for a dental assistant is not based on the length of their schooling but on their match between the dentist and the applicant, their confidence, their knowledge and their skills.

Do students who attend a longer school find their first job faster?

Many of our students have jobs committed by the time they complete our course.  Students who are aggressive with their job seeking and have a good support system have the most success at finding a job quickly.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that between 2014 and 2024, employment of dental assistants would increase by 18%. An increased awareness of the link between oral health and general health will likely contribute to the increased demand for dental services.

What are the job prospects after completion of this course?

Job prospects should be excellent, as dentists continue to need the aid of qualified dental assistants. There will be many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants, those who have completed a dental-assisting program, or have met State requirements to take on expanded functions within the office.

In addition to job openings due to employment growth, some job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave for other reasons.


What will my earning capacity be after successful completion of this course?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that as of May 2014, dental assistants earned an annual median wage of $35,390 (www.bls.gov).

Will I be eligible for benefits with my employer?

Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon full-time employment. According to a 2008 survey conducted by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), 86% of Certified Dental Assistants (CDA) reported receiving paid vacation from their employers, and more than half of CDAs received health benefits.

Does Dental Genius Assisting School require an internship?

Dr. Gillespie explains in the following video.


Internships always available at Samartian Health Ministries!

Samaritan Health Ministries (SHM) is a clinic that accepts everyone who doesn’t have health insurance. They have dentist and dental assistants come in and volunteer. SHM accepts all kinds of volunteers anywhere from dentists to pharmacy technicians. They have convenient hours for dental appointments, every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5-8:30pm. Volunteer dentists and dental assistants perform exams, x-rays, filings, cleanings, and sometimes extractions. Patients are required to see a physician at the Urgent Care Clinic at their primary clinic on Monday’s before hand and have an updated medical history when they come to their appointments. It is located in Cedar Park, TX just behind the Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

Want to know where you can you sign up?

If you are a new patient and want to sign up, all you have to do is come to the primary clinic on Monday’s from 3:45- 8pm. All you need to bring is a pay stub, valid identification, and proof of residency. That can include a water or electric bill, driver’s license, or a letter from your employer.


We want YOU to volunteer!

If you are a dentist or a dental assistant that want to sign up as a volunteer, follow the link below and fill out the application. Once completed, email the application to info@theshm.org you may also email them any questions you have.


 Does your dental assisting program help you get a job?

The director of our program Valerie Zapien, has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology; which means she specializes in being able to teach people how to communicate and learn effectively.  She also specializes in how to prepare students for job interviews.  Here is a brief video of some of the things you will learn from the director, if you complete our program.

Who hires our students?  Over 50 practices have hired our students.

Liberty Hill Dental
Ritchie Dental
Paloma Vista Dental
Morgan Dental
Temple Dental Trails
Heggen & White Endodontics
Austin Children’s Dentistry
Austin Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Anderson Dental
Lone Star Circle of Care
Texas ToothFairies Pediatric Dentistry
Republic Square Dental
Family Tree Dental Group
Wyoming Springs Orthodontics
Morgan Dental
McCulley Dental Lab
Austin Dental Care
Crystal Falls Dental
Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry
Austin Dental Lab
La Frontera Dental
Jack Samsing Dental Clinic
Carus Dental Austin
Georgetown Pediatric Dentistry
Dentures and Dental Services
MarketPlace Smiles
Carus Orthodontics
Samaritan Health Ministries
Burnet Dentistry
Baylor Scott and White
Madison Cooper Community Clinic
Oral Surgery Associates
Kool Smiles Family Dentistry
Forrest Creek Dental
Sugar Creek Orthodontics
Howell Dental Associates
Concordia Hygiene School
Aspire Dental
AcreWood Dental
Tomasik Family Dental
Mosaic Dental
Smile Doctors
Live Oak Family Dental Care
Cedar Park Orthodontics
Martin Endodontics
Hutto Hippo Family Dentistry
Healthy Smiles Dentistry
MarketPlace Smiles
Castle Dental
Sing Orthodontics
Bright Smiles
Clear Choice Dental Implant Center
A1 Dental
Tucker Family Dentistry
Central Texas Family Dentistry

Does your program offer financial assistance, accept or give grants, loans and or scholarships?

Unfortunately, Dental Genius Assisting School does not give grants.   We are also willing to work with other organizations who have rewarded you with grants or scholarships so they may pay your tuition for you.  We also are proud that annually we provide graduating seniors in the area with scholarships toward our program.  If you are a graduating high school senior and you would like to apply for our scholarship, please email DGASDirector@gmail.com.