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Old 01-23-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Hello. I am 25 years old and working as a full-time nanny. I was going to school full-time with a 3.0 GPA but switched my major and my GPA plummeted. I was put on probation, couldn't get the GPA back up in time and had to take off a year from school. (terrible experience for me) I took off a year from school and am now ready to go back and determined to eventually become a dental hygienist by completing the program that the University of Louisville offers. I am trying to figure out the best way of doing this as I currently have no dental experience and I need to get my GPA back where it belongs. These programs tend to be very competitive and I am afraid that last year in school will ruin my chances. I have a few pre-reqs that I need to complete before applying to the program. However, my main concern is getting into the dental program. How can I make sure it is a sure thing? Should I get certified as a dental assistant first and gain some experience while making myself look more suitable for the dental hygienist program? Or focus more on getting the highest GPA I can? I excel at science courses. I can get back into school this summer to start pre-reqs or start the dental assistant course. Also, is there anyone working as an assistant in the Louisville area that is willing to share their salary with me? I am married and own a house...if I went the route of become an assistant first then I would need to make at least $20,000 a year. If I go right into the dental hygienist program, we are talking about selling our house so I can get through the program and onto my dream job. Some info would be very appreciated!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:06 PM
 
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I would contact the program head at UL and ask them what they look for and if you could shadow at the program. Get to know some people around there while you are finishing your pre-reqs and or getting your GPA up. I would think its a waste of time to go through the assisting stuff in my opinion if thats not what you want to do. Maybe even find a private office or two that would be willing to have you shadow and maybe get a letter or two of recommendations from them also.
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