Foster Your Education And Career With Our Work-Learn-Earn Program

Work-learn-earn program

Let’s get real with Rafael, as he embarks on his journey towards becoming a dental assistant. Who’s Rafael?! Rafael Gardea is our student who has enrolled in our WORK-LEARN-EARN PROGRAM with our dental offices, The Center of Dental Professionals. He will be getting the hands-on experience of working alongside our dental assistants and providers while studying online with The Core Foundation and getting paid for his services and studies.

For the next 12 weeks, join Rafael as he takes us through his experiences of studying dental concepts and methods and applying it to his training onsite at our dental clinics. Each week we will be going live to discover his challenges, successes, and what he’s getting from this experience. Not to mention, we will be quizzing him! Wanting to be a dentist, Rafael decided to start early in his dental career as he paves his way through dental assisting.

So, what do you need to know about the Work-Learn-Earn program?  

It’s a program where The Center of Dental Professionals partners up with The Core Foundation to provide a student with the opportunity to train and study at the same time while committing to continue to work for a year after training. Within this program, our dental clinic is committed to paying for the student’s tuition and training to become a dental assistant.

It grants the student the chance to study without having to pay for tuition in exchange for a year worth of work. The student will be able to get the hands-on training they need to apply the material they learn from their online course, plus gain additional work experience where they’ll continue to improve their craft and knowledge of an ever-changing industry. They will be able to have access to the instruct but, also, have various mentors who will teach them the ropes of working with providers and patients. This program is a perfect experience for someone who is interested in getting the best of both hands-on learning and independent study. It’s the chance to take control of how you want to learn, at what pace, and where you’re allowed to be curious.

What can a program like this offer a dental clinic?  

Well, a Work-Learn-Earn Program is no different than a company work-learn program where they pay for their employee to attend school to learn new skills they can apply to their position. It’s been done before in other companies; we are just bringing this concept into the dental clinic environment and running with it. Unlike the typical work-learn program you might have heard of, our Work-Learn-Earn Program is designed to train students with no experience to become a dental assistant. During this program, we foster their learning, curiosity, and encouraging them to learn as they work as we provide them with resources and tools to succeed in their studies and career.

In a program like this, dental clinics offer more than just resources; they gain employees who are committed to their education and caring for patients. There won’t be any students coming in searching for hours to complete; they’ll be a member of your dental team who is serious about their work and your clinic. They will become a valued member of your team who will help you flourish and provide their service to providers and patients allowing you to save time in looking for a replacement and having to train them. Not only will you exchange learning opportunity and work with a student, but you will also gain a team member who will most likely be willing to return when looking for a part-time position or remain with your clinic.

Don’t miss out on the chance of becoming part of Work-Learn-Earn Program. You too can start your dental career now. Just check out Rafael as he goes through his 12-week training sessions. Follow us on Facebook @TheCoreFoundation for more Real Life with Rafael videos. Check out what he’s done so far, this past week.

We’re Hiring!

Good News! We’re hiring an Associate General Dentist!

At our company, the quest for excellence inspires everything that defines us as a company and team. Where our passion for the business and the future drives us to be the best. We focus on everyone’s distinctive talents and strengths to a create team of highly-trained professionals.  

Our dental clinics high expectations are set and rewarded, daring all those who work for us to achieve beyond their current capabilities. We need and look for extraordinary providers and staff to achieve extraordinary results!

Over the years, we’ve managed to build two well-established and productive offices with a diverse group of practitioners. Practitioners who complement one another and work together as a team. Currently, we have 9 providers on staff, ranging from General Practitioners, Pediatrics and Oral Surgery.  

And now, we’re looking for a associate general dentist to join our dental team to provide excellent patient care and specialty services.

If the position below fits you, we want to hear from you! Apply to be part of our company and team as you embark in our journey of providing the best personalized dental care for our patients.

If this isn’t you below, then will you do us the favor of sharing this job opportunity with someone who’s interested and committed to providing quality patient care.  


Job Description

Position Title: Associate General Dentist

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide gentle and personalized dental care to all patients.
  • Interpret x-rays and diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnose patient’s dental conditions.
  • Create treatment plans for patients and ensure patients are fully informed of treatment plan.
  • Ensure safe administration of anesthetics.
  • Promote oral health and habits.
  • Perform surgical procedures on teeth and soft tissue i.e. cavity, root canal, etc.  
  • Build and nourish long-lasting relationships with patients.
  • Collaborate with other dental professionals on patient treatments.
  • Collaborate with front office support in efforts to produce high quality patient care.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Compensation: Depends on qualifications of applicant. We offer a $500 sign-on bonus to all new associates who join our dynamic team. Pay monthly bonuses based on performance.

Schedule: Full and Part Time Available

Starting Date: Within the next 30 – 60 days (January 2018)

What We’re Looking for:

We’re looking for an associate who is…

  • Passionate or interested in working in the field of dentistry.
  • Professional, organized and a reliable team player.
  • Dedicated to our patients and providing excellent dental service.
  • Good verbal and written communicator.
  • Good listener to cater to the needs and wants of patients for quality care.
  • Flexible in any situation that may occur in dealing with and treating patients.
  • Goal orientated and interested in being part of generating and reaching clinic goals.

To Apply: Email Resume to Christie at

Application Tip: When emailing resume, on the subject line please write the job position followed by your name (i.e. Associate General Dentist, Scott Casadonte). Cover letters are not required but are recommended.  

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2018

If you have any questions for us, please call us at 801-747-8012. We look forward to hearing from you!  


Why Are Utah Students Paying More When No State Credential Exists Concerning Dental Assisting Fields?


Utah remains one of the states in America with no comprehensive statewide certification when it comes to education and careers in dental assisting and dental administration. This may be an issue for students who are looking to maximize opportunity and minimize expense. It also causes some students to over- pay expensive tuition fees because they do not know all the facts.

“If all a student wants are the skills necessary to become a successful dental assistant, such as state required certifications in CPR and radiology (exams regulated by the Utah Board), then why pay full tuition at a college or applied technical school when they can go somewhere else and get the very same certifications and education for far less money?” says Chief Executive Officer of The Core Foundation, Christie McCutchan.

The facts: Dental assistants in Utah only need to pass a radiology exam approved by the Utah Board that meets the criteria established in Section R156-69-604. All dental assistants must also currently have either Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification. These are the only two required certifications to become a dental assistant in Utah.

All accredited and non-accredited dental assisting programs offer these required certifications, but at widely differing tuition pricing. At Salt Lake Community College of Applied Technology the tuition cost is $16,000. At Vista, the program would cost $14,000, but The Core Foundation offers the very same certifications for $2,999 and all of the above offer the same legal certifications required for a career in dental assisting.

“We are not sure why people looking to get into the field of dental assisting are paying ridiculous, and quite frankly exorbitant , tuition fees when there is no statewide certification,” says McCutchan. “Most students do not realize that unless they are looking to transfer these basic dental assisting credit hours towards a degree in dental hygiene (RDH), there are other, far less expensive, ways of achieving the very same goal.

The Core Foundation is a newly registered school focusing on educating and preparing students for a career in dental assisting and administration. Since there is no statewide regulation governing this process, The Core Foundation is one of the few schools that offers students a true, academic setting complete with classrooms, textbooks, comprehensive curriculum and the opportunity to gain practical hands-on application in their three dental facilities.

This training is held not only in general dentistry, but in a specialty surgical center and pediatric clinics, providing students with a substantially more well-rounded education than many of the other programs out there. Offering a certificate of completion, along with the necessary state certifications required for dental assisting, The Core Foundation began offering classes in summer 2010.