My name is Yocelin and I am currently in the B.S. completion program at Farmingdale State College. I want to be able to expand my skills set with my B.S. I am interested in education, but the clinical aspect such as radiology or instrumentation. What are your recommendations on how is should go about on expanding my career?
I think it is commendable that you are interested in expanding your skill sets and earning a Bachelor of Science and that is the first step in expanding your career. Learning how to teach is transferrable to many areas of education, classroom teaching, and clinical teaching. If your program has an internship experience, you may want to focus on doing an internship in your specific areas of interest. You may also want to start to network within the dental hygiene education community to explore career paths of others and find connections to teaching positions. Best wishes!
Yocelin, Hello. Congratulations on working toward your baccalaureate. With that degree, you are eligible to teach in a community college dental hygiene program. I would suggest you see if the American Dental Education Association’s website has a listing for any vacant positions. Radiology is also a core course in dental assisting programs which is another option. I would also ask a mentor at Farmingdale to help you locate available positions. If you hope to someday teach at the college or university level, a masters’ or doctoral degree is necessary.
I would recommend that you find a mentor—a dental hygienist who has been in the field of education for 5-10+ years that she can consult with on a regular basis as she makes career choices. I regularly have coffee/lunch meetings with dental and dental hygiene students who just need to talk through their options. Every dental and dental hygiene school needs teachers who can teach the next generation of dental hygienists/dentist radiology so you should definitely consider this as a great career option!