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Alumni Spotlight: Dental Assistant Graduate Katie Zeanchock

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Katie was looking for a second career after her kids were both in school. She needed a program that would fit her busy family schedule and provide support as she returned to school as an older student. Pima Medical was the perfect fit for her needs. From instructor support to working with her classmates, Katie enjoyed her classes and felt prepared for the future.

It’s been more than 10 years since Katie graduated with a Dental Assistant certificate from our Tucson campus. She recently shared with us her program experience and how she was able to continue her dental assistant career after relocating to the East Coast.

Check out Katie’s story in her own words.

As a Pima Medical graduate, Katie was prepared to work hands-on with dental patients.

DA_Graduate_Dressed_in_Scrubs_inset“I attended Pima Medical Institute’s Dental Assistant Program in order to obtain a second career after my children were both in school. I chose their program because it was accommodating for a mom of two kids with a busy schedule. The program was exactly what I wanted and Pima Medical made me career ready.

I was older than most students but we all got along very well. I really enjoyed every class and lab and it actually felt easy for me. The instructors were constantly affirming that we were doing a good job. I really appreciated how they made learning the procedures and processes easy and prepared us for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) tests. At one point, I thought I might have to quit because of some personal issues, but my teacher, Lorinda really helped me through that tough time.

I had no trouble finding a job, and when we relocated back East, I obtained a position at a dual specialty office (periodontics and endodontics) as a surgical periodontal assistant where I’ve worked for the past eight years. I love working in a specialty office and I’m so grateful for my career and my education from Pima Medical Institute.”

Are you thinking about a career in the dental field? With hybrid learning environments and hands-on experience in clinical settings, you will graduate prepared for your dental assistant career in as little as nine months. Learn more about our dental assistant program now.

March 12, 2021

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