PARLIN, NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey School of Dental Assisting in Parlin, NJ (they also have a new school in Forked River, NJ July 2008) advertises that they will train you in Basic Dental Assisting so you can obtain an entry level Dental Assistant job. Training was promised in the operatory lab, dark room and front office. The school operates out of an actual dental office, but they fail to tell you that you won't be using the facilities.
Bookwork was done in the morning in the reception area, which anyone could have done by getting the book and reading and answering questions. We basically went around the room each week reading the question and answering it. The afternoon portion of their program was supposed to be the hands on training to apply what you learned in the bookwork. What we got was two afternoon instructors who basically told us their personal lives. They brought in their own instruments from their jobs and just passed them around.
They just laughed off our weekly concerns about applying the reading to hands on training telling us not to worry and that we would all get jobs. Never had any hands on training with them; they could not grade us on that part of the program as there wasn't any. Their brochure stated that they use Dexter (lifelike mannequin) for hands on training. Instead we saw an alginate bowl with a set of false teeth!!! Our class was 14 students with 12 of us dissatisfied. I know there are others.
This school charges $2,630.00 per student. They are pulling in $36,820.00 per class by a retired dentist who isn't even there to see what is going on, but yet states that we are liars. He knows exactly what is going on. They do not train you for any procedures that the dental offices need; even though they send out letters to area dentists stating their graduates are fully trained in all procedures and front desk.
Don't even show their students how to properly sit in the assistant's chair. Maybe the retired dentist should be the afternoon instructor!!! If you are thinking about becoming a Dental Assistant, save yourself a lot of money by not attending this school. You would be better off going to a dental office and asking them if they would hire you off the street and training you themselves!! Beware also that this school offers an X-Ray course. The school states that everyone passes their courses (straight from the directors mouth). THE NEW JERSEY SCHOOL OF DENTAL ASSISTING IS A SCAM with them laughing all the way to the bank and us getting bitten!!!
In response to the complaint letter sent by a former student who we are able to identify by the fact that it is the only complaint we have received in the three years the school has been open.
The school class she attended had three instructors and an onsite Director. No one was told she was having a problem. Students having difficulties are given additional personal attention. A similar letter was received several months after her graduation and was the first time we knew of her difficulties.
It was apparently sent at a time when she was having personal and financial problems,
It is impossible to address the vague complaints in this letter but the much maligned manikin is the same one used by dental and dental assisting schools throughout the country. Each Dexter costs over one thousand dollars and two were available for her use.
I would like to encourage potential students to come to one of our schools, attend a class, talk to our students and instructors. call some of our graduates and make up your own mind.