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Dental Assistant

Classes begin october 25, 2021

ORIENTATION IS OPEN!

Orientation is the first step to enrolling in the Dental Assistant Program. 
Click here to register for Orientation. 

During Orientation you will learn more about the Dental Assistant Program as well as the next steps to take to enroll in the program. 

About the dental assistant program

Dental Assistants are an integral part of the dental care team. You will be trained to offer a variety of patient care, complete laboratory duties, and assist with front office tasks. This program prepares you to take the Registered Dental Assistant exam. 

  1. Length of Program: 11 Months
  2. Cost: $6,602 - FAFSA, WIOA, and payment plan available!
  3. Schedule: 
  • Weeks 1-8 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm T & TH, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays
  • Weeks 9-30 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am M & W, 8:30 am - 2:30 p.m. T & TH*

*Hours may vary especially during externship in a dental office. 

Program objectives

  • Help and support students to develop skills and competencies required to perform Registered Dental Assistant chairside duties. 
  • Prepare students to confidently apply skills and techniques necessary to expose radiographs, perform coronal polishing, and apply pit and fissure sealants. 
  • Achieve Infection Control certification utilizing the highest standards and protocols.
  • Assist students in acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to pass the California Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam. 
  • Prepare students to become a member of a dental health team, applying professional and ethical principles.

Program requirements for graduation

  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.
  • Maintain at least an 80% on skills, assignments, assessments, and participation.
  • Successfully complete a clinical externship.

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Requirements: Completed 2-day Orientation, high school diploma or GED, health insurance, updated vaccinations, and CPR / BLS.

Job Outlook

In Contra Costa County, employment for Dental Assistants is expected to increase by 10.8% in the next 5 years. The current median wage for Dental Assistants is $24.16 per hour.
(Source: California Employment Development Department).

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