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Testimonials & Reviews

Testimonial Kenzie - First Impressions Dental Assisting Program

Kenzie - First Impressions Graduate

I didn’t know what I was doing with my life and I was nervous about my future before I found the program. I got into college, but I hated it. 

I’m a very hands on learner. In college it was a lot of books and lectures and it was just horrible. I dreaded those classes everyday. So I dropped out and my family and friends were devastated.


I wasn’t sure I made the right decision because I didn't want to be stuck working in a coffee shop forever and I didn’t want to worry about money all the time. I wanted to be able to provide for myself and be independent.

I was really worried that I wouldn’t find purpose. I had a lot of self doubt, but Keri helped me believe in myself and she knew I would be successful, she saw potential in me.

The staff here is extremely supportive and Amanda really cares. The learning is hands on and they make it easy to succeed.

A lot of my friends that stayed in college have insane debt. This program is so affordable you can start your career debt free. I started my career in less than 3 months, I went from living in a small town with my parents to moving into my own place in the city and loving my job and living my dream.

If I wouldn't have found this program I would have been living at home a lot longer and I would have had a lot more struggle and stress in my life.

Savannah - First Impressions Graduate

After I graduated from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was the kid that came home from school, “Here’s my test, I got a C.” I was awful at science.

Before the program I was living at my parents. I didn’t have much faith in myself. College didn’t work out for me, but I knew I couldn’t stay living at my parents forever and I hated my retail job.


This program is exactly what I needed because the schedule is so flexible I could keep my job and pay my bills. The course is so hands on that it makes it easy to learn so I didn’t have to go home and study for hours every night. There is something new everyday, it’s not the same thing over and over.

I was shocked at how affordable the program was and the facilities are gorgeous. I recommend this program to someone that feels their options are limited in life.

Now I’m living my dream at 20 years old, I’m doing the job that I love. I’m even buying a house with my fence. In a matter of 10 weeks I learned everything I needed to know and I got my first job before the program was even over.

It’s awesome to come into work knowing you are going to change someone's life. I never thought I could wake up every morning and love what I’m doing.

Testimonial Savannah - First Impressions Dental Assisting Program
Testimonial Haley - First Impressions Dental Assisting Program

Haley - First Impressions Graduate

Everyone has trials in life, why not skip a couple.  This program can change you in so many ways - by starting off the right way from the beginning. If I can do it, so can you.

I always wanted a family, to be married and successful.  I had my son at 18 years old; I walked across the stage at graduation pregnant.

I thought I was stuck.  I tried college, but I hated it. I was miserable and dropped out.


I had to work a lot to keep up with the bills but I was so busy waitressing I never got to enjoy my family.  I had to rely on my parents because I couldn’t afford to support myself.

When I saw the program was such a short amount of time, that got my attention.  I told my mom, “This could be really good for me. It’s short and I can still work. This program allows you to learn and work at the same time.  I can start a good job quickly as well, where I can have a real income. And I can stop worrying if I can make bills at the end of each month.”

I went to the program and it changed my life.  Everything is hands on. Little to bare minimum book work.  It’s not like sitting in class for four hours in an enclosed room like college.  It’s never boring, you are always doing something new.

If you take advantage of it, you can be successful for your whole life.  The program keeps you motivated and you want to succeed. My Mom thought I would never find anything to motivate me.  It's great to find something that brings joy to your life.

This is a huge opportunity for anyone who thinks they can’t succeed, you can do it.  This is a short program, just two days a week. The program is the first step, you can be successful and have a successful job.

When you hear the price you think, “Wow, I can do this program!”  I can be successful and not be broke on student loans the rest of my life in less than three months.

We are now registering students for our Winter Session starting in January 2021. Seats are limited.

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It's common for our students to start working in a Dental Assisting career right after completing the program (some start working even during the program - the demand is high).

Some Facts About Dental Assisting

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  median dental assistant salary for dental assistants in Ohio was $38,960 in May 2018 and is expected to rise.
  • The highest earning 10% was $56,450 a year
  • There are many ways your career can progress, including positions as: Dental Assistant, Certified Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), Dental Assisting Instructor, Dental Hygienist, and Dental Office Administrator

Next open house is in:

The number of spots are limited.

We offer convenient class times twice a week (Morning or Evening classes) and 4 locations in Ohio (Powell, Lancaster, Mount Vernon, and Canton).

Autumn Hickman

First Impressions is an amazing experience, and helped me find my passion in the dental field. The teacher is really helpful. I would like to recommend this program to any one . I have learn lot of things ! Also got my out of working in factory .

Meghan Conley

Meghan Conley

recommends First Impressions Dental Assisting Program

March 14, 2020 via Facebook

I absolutely loved this program!! it’s been a year since I’ve been finished with the program, but Amanda was a wonderful instructor. She made sure we were all successful, and made sure we all understood what we were doing. I would recommend this program to everyone. It has made me so thankful, and has made me choose to further my career in Dental Hygiene🦷

Amanda Marie Dickerson

Absolutely loved being apart of First Impressions! It’s a great start getting into the dental field and I Highly recommend.

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Our Facilities

  • First Impressions facilities are beautiful and set up with all the equipment you would find in a dental office. 
  • Our facilities are designed to help you get comfortable with the dental office setting.
  • By the time you complete the 10 week course you will be confident in your ability to start working in a dental practice right away.
Tour of First Impressions Dental Assisting Program

Our Staff

Keri Gossard

Keri Gossard


I have been working in the dental field for twenty five years. First as a dental assistant, and then as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. I have worked as a dental consultant and have been teaching for First Impressions for five years. I am certified with the American Red Cross to teach CPR.

Amanda Straight


I had the privilege of taking a dental assisting program in high school. Since then, I have worked in general dentistry as well as in periodontics (specialty dentistry). Teaching is my passion. I have been an instructor at First Impressions since 2015. I am also a certified instructor with the American Red Cross.

Anesha Brown

Anesha Brown


I am a graduate of First Impressions Dental Assisting Program.  Since graduating, I have worked in both pediatric and general dentistry.  Prior to my dental career, I earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and worked as a substitute teacher for twelve years.  I am thrilled to be able to combine my knowledge of dentistry and my love for teaching as a Dental Assisting Instructor.

We are now registering students for our Winter Session starting in January 2021. Seats are limited.

Why Dental Assisting?

Why Dental Assisting?
  • Dental assistants play an important role in every successful dental office.
  • The core focus of dental assisting work is on patient care, often preparing patients for examinations and procedures or working alongside the dentist when treating patients.
  • At First Impressions you will learn everything you need to know in our 10 week course to start a successful career in dental assisting.
  • Graduates of First Impressions Dental Assisting Program usually start a career in a dental office by the time they graduate.  
  • Because of our relationship with so many reputable dental offices, it is not uncommon for students to find work before the program ends. We will help you land the job that will be perfect as the first step for your new career.

We are now registering students for our Winter Session starting in January 2021. Seats are limited.

How does the program work?

10 Week Dental Assisting Program

We are now registering students for our Winter Session starting in January 2021. Seats are limited.

Click on the week to see what is covered in the program

Week 1: Introduction to Dentistry & Dental Assisting

Week 2: Oral Health & Prevention of Dental Disease

Week 3: Disease Transmission & Infection Control

Week 4: Patient Information & Assessment

Week 5: Foundation of Clinical Dentistry

Week 6: Radiographic Imaging & CPR

Week 7: Radiograph Class

Week 8: Dental Materials

Week 9: Resumes & Interview Preparation

Week 10: Course Review/ Final Exam/ Graduation