Allied Dental Educators

Career Overview

The professionals behind the people who make everyone’s teeth clean and properly cared for are allied dental educators. With the growth of academic programs in this field of health care, allied dental educators are in demand right now. These professionals prepare and educate students to become dental hygienists, assistants and dental laboratory technicians.

With the constant advancement of dental science and technology, allied dental educators should keep in current with the changes. They should be knowledgeable about the constantly changing techniques and equipment. The ability to adapt with the changing evidence-based practice is quintessential since students depend on their educators. Hence, preparing them for an excellent work performance requires these abilities of the instructor.

Aside from teaching students inside the classroom, allied dental educators can also coach and guide students in their exposure to laboratories and clinics. As a direct supervisor, they serve as the role models in providing care to different types of patients. They should be the best provider of quality service since this is the emphasis in mentoring people – quality-based implementations.

Aside from teaching, these professionals can also be good book authors or help publishers develop new textbooks. Teaching materials are also formulated from the knowledge shared by educators which can be a medium of change on dental curricula, product consulting and manufacturing and related continuing education programs. This improves services, practices and techniques in the industry.

Job Qualifications

Before becoming an educator one needs to be experienced in the field with an actual work in a certain facility. The qualifications usually vary depending in the institution but in general these are the requirements:

  • Good dental health experience
  • Four-year degree course
  • Finished graduate and/or doctoral degree (for full-time positions)
  • Certified/licensed to practice profession in the state or country
  • Up to date licensure
  • Continuing education programs attended and completed
  • Good speaking skills

Whether full-time or part-time, allied dental educators should be prepared clinically before educating others. If desired, they can still continue to work in a facility while teaching. The institutions to work can be a community college, vocational school, colleges, universities and dental schools. Being able to educate others can a fulfilling job since this can become an opportunity to give back to the community. Also, as one teaches others he is also polishing his knowledge and skills over time. Hence, this is a highly rewarding opportunity for anyone who is fit for the job.  Also, the opportunities are not just limited to classroom instructing and laboratory supervising, research, scholarly journal writing and speaking in meetings and seminars are presented with the job.

Salary Expectations

The compensation for allied dental educator varies depending on the institution. However, a full-time worker gets around $41,000 to $62,000 annually when working in a community college. The compensation also includes sick leave, paid vacation, retirement plan and health insurance. Some schools offer benefits for families of faculty by cutting down a certain amount from the tuition.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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