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What does dental continuing education mean?

What is continuing education? I have been hearing about it for a while now. I know it is offered to adults but I am not sure which courses one can take and what is categorized as continuing education. For instance, if I take a dental course as an adult, is this considered a dental continuing education or just dental education if I have no prior dental education? I would also like to know which dental continuing education courses are the best to take if you are an adult and whether the training is the same as that of young adults.

Alexa Spicer

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Aaron Lee on March 2, 2018

You are not alone. Most people do not understand what continuing education is. The concept is really simple. Continuing education is education that is made available to adults by school boards, universities and colleges. There are different types of courses you can take to continue your education. You can do anything from art to philosophy. There is really no limit. However, the main focus for this type of education is non-credit courses which enable you to focus on a specific area of interest and gain skills in that area. Therefore, continuing dental education can be defined as a program available for adult dental experts who want to build more dental practice skills so that they can be better in their field. To put it in simple terms a dental continuing education course will equip you with the skills you need to be a better dentist.

If you have never gone to dental school ad you want to take a dental course as an adult, this doesn’t fall under continuing education because you do not have prior education in the field. Therefore, there will be no need for you to go for continuing education classes. You only have to apply for a dental course that is available to everyone; both adults and young adults.

Continuing education training is very different from the kind of training you will find in universities and colleges that offer the traditional type of education. One of the main differences is the flexibility in hours. Continuing education classes, tend to be very flexible. Students are given the chance to attend their classes on a part-time basis. This is because most of the students have to work and go to school at the same time. The other difference is the number of subjects in the program. Continuing education courses have fewer subjects because normally, the students only want to specialize in one area of study which they want to improve in.

For you, it would be better to take a full dental course. This will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to gain before you begin practicing. A continuing course might not be suitable for you because it will not provide the foundation you need to be successful in a career in dentistry. Take some time to research the best schools in your local area so that you can get the best quality of education and take the step.

Tad Fraziera year ago

This is true. Dental continuing education courses are courses that should be taken by people who already have a university degree or a college diploma in dentistry. They are taken by people who are already working in the field who simply want to learn new skills that make it possible for them to take advantage of different opportunities in their field. The fact that you are an adult should not deter you from applying for a bachelor’s program or diploma in a college at a university or college. Even though most people who get bachelor’s degrees today are below the age of 25, it doesn’t mean you will not qualify if you are older. It might be hard to adjust at first but you will be taught the same as the rest of the students. It is a great opportunity and it will prepare you more for the career you want compared to a continuing education program.


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