Required Coursework


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

Required Courses

  • DA 100 Dental Materials - 3 units
  • DA 108 Infection Control in Dentistry - 2 units
  • DA 110 Introduction to Dental Essentials - 3.5 units 
  • DA 111 Applied Human Behavior - 2 units
  • DA 123A Introduction to Dental Essentials - 3.5 units
  • DA 123B Advanced Chairside Techniques - 4 units
  • DA 124 Dental Office Administration - 3 units
  • DA 127 Clinical Experience II - 6.5 units
  • DA 135 Registered Dental Assistant Techniques - 3 units
  • DA 140 Oral Radiology - 4 units

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

Recommended Elective Courses

  • DA 125 Clinical Experience I - 2 units
  • DA 142 Advanced Oral Radiology Techniques - 0.5 unit
  • DA 150 Clinical Experience in a Specialty Practice - 0.5 unit
  • DA 160 Comprehensive Dental Assisting Exam Review - 0.5 unit
  • DA 200A Dental Assisting Lab - 1 unit
  • DA 200B Dental Assisting Technical Skills Enhancement Lab - 1 unit

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


Certificate Options


10 months Certificate program (full time, fall entry).

Term Classes
Fall DA 100 Dental Materials - 3 units
DA 108 Infection Control* - 2  units 
DA 110 Introduction to Dental Essentials* - 3.5 units 
DA 123A  Chairside Assisting - 3.5 units
DA 140 Oral Radiology* - 4 units
DA 200 A Study Skills - 1 unit
Winter DA 125 Clinical Experience - 2 units
DA 142 Advanced Radiology - 0.5 unit
DA 124 Office Administration* - 3 units
Spring DA 111 Applied Human Behavior* - 2 units
DA 123B  Chairside Assisting - 4 units
DA 127 Clinical Experience - 6.5 units
DA 135 RDA Duties - 3 units
DA200 B Advanced DA Skills - 1 unit
Summer DA 150 Specialty Clinical Internship - 0.5 unit
DA 160 Comprehensive Dental Assisting State Board Preparation - 0.5 unit

13 months Certificate program, spring entry (part time entry spring, full time to completion).

Term Classes
Spring DA 111 Applied Human Behavior* - 2 units
DA 108 Infection Control - 2 units
DA 110 Introduction to Dental Essentials* - 3.5 units
DA 140 Oral Radiology*(optional can take Fall) - 2 units
Fall DA 100 Dental Materials - 3 units
DA 123A  Chairside Assisting - 3.5 units
DA 200 A Study Skills - 1 unit
Winter DA 124 Office Administration - 3 units
DA 125 Clinical - 2 units
DA 142 Advanced Radiology - 0.5 units
Spring DA 123B  Chairside Assisting - 4 units
DA 135 RDA Duties - 3 units
DA 127 Clinical Experience - 6.5 units
DA 200B Advanced DA Skills - 1 unit
Summer DA 150 Specialty Clinical Internship - 0.5 unit
DA 160 Comprehensive Dental Assisting State Board Preparation - 0.5 unit

24 months Certificate Program Fall entry (part time throughout).

Term Classes
Fall (1st year)

DA 108 Infection Control - 2 units

DA 110 Introduction to Dental Essentials* - 3.5 units

Winter DA 124 Office Administration - 3  units
Spring

DA 111 Applied Human Behavior - 2 units

DA 140 Radiology - 4 units

Summer  
Fall (2nd year)

DA 100 Dental Materials - 3 units

DA 123A  Chairside Assisting - 3.5 units

DA 200 A Study Skills - 1 unit

Spring

DA 123B  Chairside Assisting - 4 unit

DA 127 Internship - 6.5 units

DA 135 RDA Duties - 3 units

DA200B Advanced DA Skills - 1 unit

Summer

DA 150 Specialty Clinical Internship - 0.5 unit

DA 160 Comprehensive Dental Assisting State Board Preparation - 0.5 unit


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.


This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: www.collegescorecard.ed.gov.

This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.