Like the medical realm, the dental industry is always evolving; and the same is true for your professional growth. Whether you just stepped into a role as an office manager or know your practice better than your own backyard, continuing your education can help your career immensely. Staying abreast to continuing education (CE) resources can lead to a salary increase, promotion, or a new career path.
Where to begin
The first step in identifying which CE resources are worth your time is knowing where you want to be two years from now — consider this process a radical act of vocational self-care. Thinking through your personal goals, then finding ways to fulfill those through your current role, is a way to explore the ambit of your title’s potential. Perhaps you have an interest in writing and your dental practice needs better marketing materials, you could take any number of HubSpot marketing certifications to test your knowledge and potentially revamp the way your office communicates.
Find holes in the walls
Beyond your personal goals, also examine what’s missing around your practice. As we mentioned above, an example of this could be a marketing revamp or finding a more efficient accounting method. Pursuing robust knowledge in a specialized field could be just the thing you need to show your boss that you deserve a raise.
What’s the difference between certifications and other resources?
Any kind of course can be useful if it helps you succeed in your current position, but only a few can push your career forward. The hard part is finding the right one. You will notice that some courses include a CE certification. Even though they are typically more expensive, they come with a handoff — they show your employer (or future employer) that you care enough to commit. CE certifications typically require a test at the end of your courses and yearly updates to keep that certification active. CE units can typically be applied to higher education degrees as well depending on the course and institution. A general rule is that 10 CE units equal one academic credit.
How to find the best courses
After assessing your goals and what’s missing from your office, it’s time to find the perfectly fitted resources. Start by consulting groups you might already know; organizations like AADOM offer numerous courses and even a fellowship where you complete the DALE Foundation certificate. Because this fellowship is specifically for office managers, the main components offered are: Accounts Receivable for the Dental Office, HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office, and Financial Reporting for the Dental Office. ADA also offers dental team management courses.
While not all states ask dental office managers to take part in continuing education, every state does hold different requirements for hygienists and dentists. No matter your role in a dental office, carving out the time for continuing your professional education can be difficult. One way that Renaissance can help you free up that time is through rPractice, which saves you hours a week on insurance claim processing. Chat with one of our specialists today to see exactly how many hours a week you could get back.