Common Myths of Membership in the ADAA
I’m not a member because I’m not certified.
You don’t have to be certified (or registered or licensed) to be a member. The only ‘requirement’ is that you are a dental assistant. Membership in ADAA includes students, military dental assistants, business assistants, educators, sales reps, and dental assistants who are on-the-job-trained and have graduated from school.
Are there any meetings that I have to go to?
Membership does not require you to attend any meetings. However your ADAA membership includes membership in any state and local organizations in your area. By participating in national, state, and local meetings you will meet local like-minded dental assistants, earn continuing education, participate in legislation for dental assisting, and increase your abilities as a dental assistant while strengthening the dental assisting career.
Why should I join?
Research shows that professionals who are members of their professional organization stay in the field longer and make more money. Membership in a professional organization demonstrates that an assistant is serious about his/her career. Professionals who belong to their professional association continue to receive education throughout their careers, stay up to date with the latest innovations in procedures and technology, and are often more vested in their careers leading to better job opportunities.
When I think of the ADAA, I think of having to pay dues.
While it is true that you have to pay dues to be a professional member, you are donating money to an organization who is dedicated to improving your profession and improving your professional life. A portion of your dues goes toward supporting legislative efforts and maintaining the many benefits you receive as a member including over $3,000 worth of online continuing education for free.
Does my membership need to be renewed every year? How much are the dues?
Yes, it needs to be renewed each year. The membership is tri-partite, meaning that when you join the ADAA, you automatically become a part of the state organization and a local organization if available. Each state has its own dues structure, but on average, the yearly dues are $143 for a full 365 day membership.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a free subscription to the bi-monthly digital publication of the Dental Assistant Journal, have access to over 70 free online CE courses worth over $3,000, professional liability insurance, free resume/job postings, fellowship and mastership programs, scholarships and awards, and hotel and car rental discounts – these are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy as an ADAA professional member.
Many members feel that the biggest benefits are the intangible ones. I have been a member for 37 years and in that time have met other assistants at those meetings who have now become my friends. I have friends and contacts across the country who I can call on.
Another intangible benefit is that ADAA is the voice of dental assisting. We work on your behalf to make dental assisting the best profession possible. State organizations work to bring legislation that will improve the practice of dental assisting. Even if you are a member that chooses not to go to meetings or volunteer as a leader, your membership gives that voice more influence and power to dental assistants as we work on your behalf.
There’s not a local group in my area.
Most states have local chapters within driving distance, but not always. New local chapters can start anywhere that there are interested dental assistants. When there are several dental assistants interested in starting a local chapter, they can first start by meeting informally. Once interest has been established, the ADAA offers guidance with manuals on how to get a local chapter started, as well as support from your District Trustee and state organization which are all designed to help you get started and be successful in bettering the dental assisting profession and empowering local dental assistants.