Five years of braces, three oral surgeries, and several other dental procedures— that’s what drew 21-year-old Sarah Lindner to pursue a career as a dental assistant.

Explains Sarah, “Through my journey, I had always appreciated the support and comfort I received from the dental staff. Going through this experience made me passionate about helping others in the same situation. And, as a dental assistant, I get the opportunity to do that daily,” she says.

After researching educational options, “It was very apparent that Bates Technical College was the best option for me. Not only was it an accredited college, but I saw that previous graduates had been completing the program with jobs right out of school,” she says.

Bates was a life changing experience, says the Buckley resident, who graduated winter quarter and now works at the Center for Endodontics in Tacoma. The college’s emphasis on preparing students for careers through hands-on learning was key to Sarah’s success.

“Not only did the program give me the opportunity to have a career that I absolutely love, but it fully prepared me…I think the most significant part of the program is all the hands-on learning it offers. I was practicing dental procedures on other students daily, and after enough practice, we even got the chance to assist chair-side with doctors and real patients,” she says.

Though the program was challenging at times, Sarah says she was blessed to have passionate instructors guide her through completion. Through her job, which began as an externship, she progresses her skills and gains more dental knowledge.

“My advice to anyone considering entering the dental field is that if you have a passion for helping others, and an interest in dentistry—do it! It’s a high-demand career that gives patients confidence in their smile,” she concludes.

Learn more about the college’s Dental Assisting program online, or attend an information session.