Application period for the Dental Assisting Program will be available the second Monday
in January until March 15 of every year online.
To apply for the Dental Assisting Program, you must submit a completed application packet
with the items listed below. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Upon receipt
of your application packet, you will be placed in a random lottery with all applicants
and assigned a position (You will be notified via email of your waitlist number by
May 1). The first 26 students will be excepted into the program and a waitlist will
be maintained up until the mandatory orientation (Mid-July).
To apply to the program you must:
- Be age 18 (required by California Codes - Business and Professions Code Section 2069-2071)
- Complete application form
- Copy of High School Diploma, high school transcript or GED certificate showing completion.
- Copy of AHC transcript (can be printed from your myHancock portal) showing proof of
completion of English 101 with a grade of "C" or better or currently in progress at
the time of application to be eligible.
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.
Admission to the dental assisting program requires the student to be a high school
graduate and obtain program application forms and follow outlined procedures for enrollment.
A grade of "C" or better in the designated dental assisting classes is required to
progress in the program.
Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate, an x-ray
license, and a coronal polishing sticker. They are then eligible to take the California
Registered Dental Assistants Exam. Students may also earn an Associate in Science
Degree in dental assisting.
Once excepted into the Dental Assisting Program you will be emailed an acceptance
packet that will require the following:
- Complete Background Check and Drug Screening (required by clinical agencies utilized for externship) - Instructions will be included
with acceptance letter.
- Complete Health Physical and Immunization Record (all childhood immunizations) (required by clinical agencies utilized for externship) - Instructions/form will be
included with acceptance letter.
- Current and Healthcare Provider CPR - Instructions will be included with acceptance letter, as this class is taken in
the summer during the mandatory orientation.
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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 student Maricela talks about the real life experience she
gets in the program.