Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

New Course Offering!

DA-329 Dental Practicum

Units: 4 Lab Course, Letter Grade Only, Non-Transferable.

This course has been reduced from 5 units to 4 units. Supervised learning  experiences in a dental office in the various application of dental assisting duties.

DA 320 Dental Practicum in the Community.
Units: 1, Lab course, Letter grade only, non-transferable. 

This is a supervised learning experience The students will participate in dental screenings,provide oral hygiene instruction and apply fluoride varnish on children in the community and Public Health settings.

Program Overview

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.

Application Procedure

To apply to the dental assisting program, you must submit a complete application packet with your unofficial AHC transcripts proving the completion of ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or in progress of taking that class at time of submission of the application. Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. Upon receipt of your application packet, you will be placed in a randomized lottery and assigned a position.  Twenty-six students are accepted into the program every year.  A waitlist will be maintained up until the mandatory orientation (mid-July) and will not roll over to the following year.

Fall semester courses total 16 units, and spring courses total 15.5 units and include a 240-hour internship in dental offices.




Dental Board of California (D.B.C)
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95815
Ph: 916-263-2300 web address:

Accreditation Information

Allan Hancock College Dental Assisting program is approved by the Dental Board of California and can be found listed on their webpage Approved Registered Dental Assistant Programs.


Health Sciences Department, Building M (RM-M132)
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3384


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Last Modified Aug 29, 2019