Approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners, this 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 chairside general and specialty procedures,
office management and x-ray techniques. Admittance to the dental assisting program
requires the student to obtain program application forms and follow outlined procedures
for enrollment. Applications and specific information are available at the Health
Science Office, located in Building M Science Complex. A grade of "C" or better in
the designated dental assisting classes is required to progress in the program. Upon
completion of the dental assisting certificate requirements, students are eligible
to take the California Registered Dental Assistants Examination. Students are encouraged
to complete the associate in science degree.
The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting will:
Perform all Registered Dental Assistant duties as specified by accreditation standards
through directed lectures, demonstrations, guided practice, written assignments, exams
and evaluation of skills to prepare for taking the Registered Dental Assisting State
Board Exam and the Law and Ethics examination and gain employment as a Registered
Practice assisting skills that demonstrate a working knowledge of infection control
Demonstrate office management skills including computer skills technology to perform
the following tasks; scheduling, inventory management, ordering supplies, treatment
planning and patient charting.
Complete requirements to obtain a certificate in pit and fissure sealants.
Complete requirements to obtain a dental x-ray certificate.
Complete requirements to obtain a coronal polishing certificate.
Apply knowledge of basic dental assisting sciences in a professional setting.
Explain the purpose of the state Dental Practice Act.
Model professional conduct and appearance and demonstrate behavior of the dental workplace.
Assist in diagnostic and operative procedures by demonstrating general chair side
A total of 32.5 units is required for the certificate.