We accept applications from January 14 to April 19 for Fall semester enrollment.

All materials must be received in the Division office on the Main Campus (W-204) by April 19 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

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Selection Criteria


The program administrator and faculty, in cooperation with appropriate institutional personnel establish admissions procedures which are non-discriminatory, contribute to the quality of the program, and allow selection of students with potential for successfully completing the program.

There is an established admissions committee which includes the program administrator, representatives of the program faculty, general education faculty and counseling staff. 

We use the following criteria standards during the selection process:

  1. Priority acceptance into the full time program to students who are enrolled and/or completed one or more of the following courses: DA 108, DA 110, DA 111, DA 140 or DA 124.
  2. Students who have completed the application packet during the application period.
  3. Priority to student who completed health clearance and CPR.
  4. Students who complete after the application period will be selected pending space availability.
  5. Take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test in Building D, Room 205. Applicants must read at the 10th grade level to be successful in the course.

Application Filing Period


Application forms are available from January 14th to April 19th for fall enrollment. 

Requirements to Apply


To be accepted to the Dental Assisting Program, you must:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 GPA.
  • Grade point average of 2.0 for all college work.
  • Two sets of official high school and college transcripts.
  •  Completed application for enrollment in the program.
  • Current CPR/ Basic Life Support card, which must be maintained while in the program. Training Solutions offers CPR courses; info is available at 1-800-464-6451.

How to Apply


1  Apply for admission to PCC

If you are not currently enrolled at PCC, you need to apply for admission to the college in addition to applying to the Dental Assisting program. Apply now to PCC .

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Dental Assisting program you need to submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • A completed Dental Assisting Application
  • One official U.S. high school transcript, GED certificate, or Equivalency Report from one of the college’s acceptable companies*
  • One official transcript of ALL U.S. colleges and universities attended, including Pasadena City College*
    *If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted into the program, the college’s Records Office will also require transcripts.

3   Submit Your Application Packet

Submit your completed application packet, you must mail or deliver it in person to the Health Sciences office on the main PCC campus. No copies or faxed applications will be accepted. 

Pasadena City College
Dental Assisting Program
Health Sciences Division W-204
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

All materials must be received in the Division office on the Main Campus (W-204) ) by April 19 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

Program Acceptance


The Health Sciences Division will inform you of the status of your application by email upon submission of all required documentation.

Upon selection to the program, you will be required to complete the following requirements:

  1. A current CPR/Basic Life Support card for Health Professionals provided by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross must be maintained while in the program. CPR training can be obtained from the American Heart Association and must be completed prior to the first day of classes.
  2. After acceptance into the program, submit a completed health questionnaire (provided with acceptance packet) evidencing good health including required immunizations/chest x-ray or Mantoux test prior to the first day of classes.
  3. Admission to and continuation in the Dental Assisting program requires you to maintain a grade of C (75%) or better in all required Dental Assisting courses.
  4. You must provide your own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.
  5. A selected uniform and adherence to the dress code is required (est. cost $500.00).
  6. Plan on additional supplies and equipment to be purchased in addition to textbooks and uniforms (est. cost $1,600.00 and $75.00 fee for ADA membership and is due the 1st day of class).
  7. Apply for Financial Aid by March 2nd (priority deadline).
  8. You must provide your own “patients” to meet the following required competencies: Radiology Full Mouth and Bitewings (6-7), Pit and Fissure Sealants (4), and Coronal Polish (3). Details will be discussed during orientation.

Transcript Evaluation


If you are a student with foreign transcripts, you must have your transcripts evaluated by one of the following three companies before applying:

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 | www.ierf.org

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 | www.aceil.com

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com