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Dental Assisting

Overview

Sacramento City College Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program is a full-time day program to which students are admitted in August of each year. The curriculum is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and leads to an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Assisting. After successful completion of the curriculum the student is eligible to take the National Board Examination and upon passing becomes a Certified Dental Assistant. This evidence of competence is recognized throughout the United States. In addition, graduates will be able to apply for and take the Dental Board of California examination for state licensure as Registered Dental Assistants.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Program Eligibility

2022-2023

To be eligible for enrollment in the 2022-2023 program, the student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Completion of ENGRD 110 or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Have an A.A./A.S. degree or higher
  • Completion of DAST 100 Introduction to Dental Assisting.
  • Will complete DAST 100 Introduction to Dental Assisting before the fall program start date (August of each year).

2023-2024

To be eligible for enrollment in the 2023-2024 program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of DAST 100 – Introduction to Dental Assisting with a grade of “C” or better
  • Completion must take place before the fall program start date (August of each year). DAST 100 is currently offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Program Outcomes

The pass rate for the Registered Dental Assistant written exam for 2018/2019 was 94%.

Career Options

The Dental Assisting curriculum is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and leads to an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Assisting. After successful completion of the curriculum the student is eligible to take the National Board Examination and upon passing becomes a Certified Dental Assistant. This program prepares the student for employment as a dental assistant. The dental assistant works with the dentist in providing patient treatment, including restorations, x-rays, and preventive services. Employment opportunities are excellent, not only in private dental offices, but also in public and private hospitals, clinics and laboratories, dental schools, dental supply houses, and in the armed forces.

Sample salary, entry to mid-level: $35,900.

Costs of the Program

In addition to normal student expenses (for textbooks, etc.), the Dental Assisting Program requires an expenditure of approximately $3,000.00 during the one-year program for uniforms and special supplies. This cost is an estimate only; exact costs may vary.

Applicants are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance before entering the program if this creates a hardship.