Required Coursework

If you are accepted into the Dental Assisting Program, you must complete the following courses.

Required Courses

  • DA 100
  • DA 108
  • DA 110
  • DA 111
  • DA 123A
  • DA 123B
  • DA 124
  • DA 127
  • DA 135
  • DA 140

*DA 127 Fall & Spring Semester rotations are held at the Herman Ostrow Dental School (formerly USC) Los Angeles, California.

Recommended Elective Courses

  • DA 125
  • DA 142
  • DA 150
  • DA 160
  • DA 200A
  • DA 200B

Use the resources below to see full course descriptions and check on the availability of courses in a given semester.

Program Completion

After successfully completing all program requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Additionally, you will receive the following Occupational Skills Certificates:

  • Infection Control and Dental Practice Act
  • Oral Radiology Course
  • Coronal Polish (part of the RDA program certificate)
  • Pit and Fissure Sealant (part of the RDA program certificate)
  • Dental Assisting
  • Ultrasonic Scaling for Orthodontic Cement Removal
  • Eligibility to apply for the State RDA exam and National Certification (CDA) exam
  • Orthodontic Assistant Permit (pending completion of summer intersession)

Additional Courses for the Associate in Science (AS) Degree

Many of the courses completed in the program can be applied to earning an AS Degree. Consult with a counselor to determine which classes qualify to receive credit in the general education categories of Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Language and Rationality, American Institutions, Health Education and Physical Activity for the Associate in Science degree. Competence must also be demonstrated in reading, written expression, and mathematics. Successful completion of DA 111 Applied Human Behavior and DA 110 courses will count towards diversity requirements.

RDA Licensure

Completion of the program does not guarantee licensure or employment.

The RDA license includes a written, practical and law and ethics written exam as well as a background check and fingerprinting. The practical examinations are usually held in late August, the RDA written and law and ethics exam is via computer at various computer testing sites. Coronal Polish, Pit and Fissure Sealants and Ultrasonic Scaling are duties that may only be performed with the RDA license. Students and graduates are responsible for understanding the ethical and legal ramifications of performing duties they are not legally allowed to perform even after completing the required educational courses for all RDA duties.

After graduation from the program you must have a current RDA license to perform any RDA duties or Orthodontic Assistant Permit for Orthodontic (OAP) specified duties. All students completing the program will have met the requirements for the 8 hours infection control and 2 hours Dental Practice Act. A graduate may perform Dental Assisting duties as assigned by the Dental Board of California. Course content approved by the Dental Board of California-8 hour Infection Control.