Two Dentists Help People Change Careers on the Weekends

January 29, 2005 -- Posted at 6:11 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- People often enter the world of dentistry by becoming a dental assistant. But getting certified can often mean traveling out of town and throwing classes into an already packed schedule. That is until now, Dr.Michael Parkey and Dr.Craig Davis in Jonesboro are helping people make a career change on the the weekends.

Drs. Parkey and Davis have started a dental assistant program in their Jonesboro office. Students attend class for 8 hours on Saturdays.

"There are no other schools like this," said Dr. Davis.

Students cover a lot of material each weekend. They usually go through 3-4 chapters of book work each time they meet. After breaking for lunch,  they head to the lab where they do hands on work.

"It really gives them a good understanding of what it's going to be like when they get into the dental office," said Diane Secrease, who's an instructor.

The current students are 4 weeks into the program. They have to pass 3 big test. Six weeks from now they will be able to take the Arkansas state board test to receive their certification.

High school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher can apply for the program with a letter of recommendation. The next class will start May 14. If you are interested in applying,  you can call (870) 932-0330 or log onto www.smiles4jonesboro.com