Approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners, this two-semester (fall and
spring) program provides technical skills needed for employment in a dental office.
The student develops skills to participate as a member of the dental health team in
general chairside and specialty procedures, office management and x-ray techniques.
To apply to the Dental Assisting Program, you must submit a complete packet with the items
listed in step one. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Upon receipt of your
completed packet, you will be placed on a list and assigned a position. The first 24
seats are assigned on a first come first served basis.
Fall semester courses total 16.5 units and spring courses total 15.5 units and include
a 240-hour internship in dental offices.
Estimated Program Costs PDF
Health Sciences Department, Building M
Tawnya Karstrom, Program Technician
805-922-6966 ext. 3384
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
closed during the summer.
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"In ten month's time I've gained the knowledge and skills to provide myself with a new, fun and interesting career in the dental assisting field. I've had instructors who are in the field and it really helped me to become prepared and know what's expected of me when I start at an office. I'm excited about the dental program: it took me from being stuck at a career roadblock to having almost endless career opportunities."
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Video: Dental assisting students Nyubicela and Tiffani talk about the high quality
of the program.