As some of you may know, I am in school and trying to get into a dental assistant program for the fall. The courses I am currently taking are actually pre-reqs for dental hygiene. Both programs are highly competitive and less than 20 get in.
At any rate, I decided to try and get into a dental assistant program to gain knowledge and experience, plus it could take awhile to get into a hygiene program. In the state of MA to be a dental assistant you have to be certified and take an exam and all that fun stuff. Yesterday I went to an info session at the college I am taking the courses from (hygiene will be at a different school, but the credits will transfer over) and at the end, they did mini interviews with each prospective student, which I found kind of great that they did that. I told the lady (she's high up in the department) what my goals were and what I was currently doing. She sounded pretty enthusiastic about my plan.
During the admissions info part, the guy mentioned we had to write a letter of intent (this, by the way, was not mentioned on the application I already sent in a month ago with a letter of recommendation), and the woman I interviewed with didn't seem to think I had to write one. I am going to write one anyway. So, I want some help with it and see what more I could do. I googled samples, and they seem like a relatively short letter. But I want to make myself look really good. So, here it goes.......
Dear Admissions (I'll get the person's name),
My name is Melissa.... and I am writing to express my interest in your certificate program for Dental Assistant at Massasoit Community College.
I learned about the Massasoit Dental Assistant program through the Massachusetts Dental Society website and saw that it is an accredited program, which fully prepares the student to take the Certified Dental Assistant exam upon completion of the program. The hands-on experience the program provides, combined with highly knowledgable professors who work in the field, make the Massasoit Community College Dental Assistant program a great fit to begin my career.
In the short term, I'd like to start my career as a dental assistant and really learn how a dental office operates, gain experience, and knowledge. In the long term, I'd like to further my career as a dental hygentist. I am currently taking pre-requisite courses at the Brockton campus working towards an acceptance to a dental hygiene program in the future.
I would like to discuss this program and my goals with you over the phone. My number is ***-***-****, and my email is *******@yada.com.
Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks for taking the time to read this!