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Alumni Spotlight: Dental Assistant Graduate Jason Willow Goodine

Posted: February 5, 2021 by Kasey Bowser
Photo of Jason Willow Goodine, graduate of the Dental Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute.
Seattle Campus Dental Assistant Graduate, Jason Willow Goodine.
 


Jason Willow Goodine graduated from our Dental Assistant program at our Seattle campus in 2020. After 10 years of being a full-time professional musician and music teacher, he was ready to find a new career in the medical field where he could begin working quickly. He chose the dental assistant program not only because he could finish in nine months, but because it would provide the stability he was looking for. His story in his own words is below.  
 
“I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and have been a professional musician and taught music full time for 10 years. I was looking for more stability and a career in the dental field but was concerned about how much time it might take. I chose Pima Medical Institute’s Dental Assistant program because it was short (only 9 months) and I could attend morning classes and continue to teach music in the afternoons and evenings. 
 
My instructors were great. The best part of the program for me was the hands-on learning. We trained on each other and on the Medical Assistant students (we offered our arms for their practice and they offered their teeth). We also had a dental clinic at our campus so we were even able to assist the dentist and work on real patients. I had a cool moment one day helping with an extraction in the clinic when I absolutely knew I had chosen the right field. 
 
My instructors knew I had a strong interest in endodontics and they made an extra effort to set up my externship in an endodontic office. Three weeks into my clinicals the doctor offered to begin paying me and I was officially hired upon graduation. I am already the Lead Dental Assistant and I really appreciate my boss and enjoy my job. 
 
I would recommend Pima Medical for anyone looking for a new career. The program was quick and jammed packed with knowledge. I had just turned age 41 when I decided to switch careers and I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. If you are looking for a stable career in the medical field, Pima Medical is perfect!”
 
At Pima Medical Institute, you can begin your career in as little as nine months. With hybrid learning environments and hands-on experience in clinical settings, you will graduate ready to hit the ground running.

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