As qualifications to become a dental assistant vary from state to state, in New Mexico, there are no qualifications to become and start working as a dental assistant. So technically, you can begin to work as soon as you accept a job offer as a dental assistant.
While it’s not required to receive training to be a dental assistant in New Mexico, it is still a great idea to get some prior training. Dental assistants with prior experience and training can quickly dive into the large pool of dental assistant responsibilities and start pulling their weight as a member of the team. You can still find dentists who will want to hire you without any background experience, but with the right background, you’ll be their first choice every time.