The Dental Assistant program is designed to provide students with a broad range of skills needed to work in all aspects of the dental office. Classes combine theory with hands-on training to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to assist dentists in various dental procedures. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including dental anatomy, infection control, patient care, radiography, dental materials, and office administration.

During the program, students learn how to sterilize and prepare dental instruments, assist dentists during procedures, take dental x-rays, perform basic laboratory tasks, and provide chairside support to patients. They also receive training on how to manage patient records, schedule appointments, and handle administrative tasks within a dental office. Students will participate in a professional externship to demonstrate their skills and understanding of all facets of dental office operations. Upon completion students with a solid foundation to pursue a rewarding career in the dental field.

To receive program certification, students must complete all classes within a 2-year time frame. To receive a career technical diploma, students must also provide a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

Program Course Requirements

  • Dental Program Preparation and Infection Control
  • Introduction to Dental Assisting
  • Clinical Dentistry & Dental Materials
  • Preventative Dentistry/Dental Health
  • Dental Radiology & Safety
  • Dental Laboratory Procedures
  • Dental Specialties & Administrative Assistant/Dental Billing and Coding
  • Externship

Program Cost

  • $4,680 over 9-12 months

The above cost and time are estimated amounts for the program/pathway.  Your costs may vary. Additional fees may apply.  Program cost includes books, industry certification test fees, and administration fees.  Please see the Course Catalog (pages 14 & 16 - Click Here for Catalog) for further program details and cost information.  You may also call (562) 229-7960 or (562) 229-7965 to speak to an Adult School representative.