Dental Assisting Program
ABOUT THE CAREER:
A Dental Assistant works with the Dentist during dental treatments. In addition, they work independently in the dental office performing critical functions such as taking x-rays, sterilizing instruments, maintaining records and polishing teeth. They also manage the business aspects of the practice, such as scheduling, billing and purchasing. Individuals selecting this career must enjoy working with people, be good communicators and have good manual dexterity and fine-motor skills.
Employment opportunities for Dental Assistants are excellent, not only in private dental offices, but also in hospitals, clinics, laboratories and the armed forces. A Dental Assistant can earn from $15.00 to over $25.00 an hour. In many cases, they receive benefits such as vacation pay, medical insurance, sick leave and retirement.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
Sacramento City College's Dental Assisting Program is an 11-month full-time program that begins each August. It is designed to prepare the student for a career assisting Dentists with patient treatments and preventive services. The curriculum for the program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611).
Program costs include college enrollment fees and approximately $1200.00 for books and supplies; physical examinations and immunizations; malpractice insurance; uniforms; supplies; and instruments.
APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT:
To be eligible for the enrollment process, applicants must have fulfilled the program's reading requirement. Since program enrollment is limited and often fills quickly, early submission of the application is recommended.
DEGREE AND LICENSURE:
Students who satisfactorily complete Sacramento City College's Dental Assisting Program's required courses with a grade of "C" or higher and obtain written approval from the Dental Health Office, will receive a Certificate of Achievement. An Associate in Science Degree in Dental Assisting may be obtained by satisfactorily completing the required General Education and Dental Assisting courses and the college's Graduation Requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board Examination and upon passing, become a Certified Dental Assistant. Graduates may also take the Dental Board of California's examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant.
WHY SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE?:
Sacramento City College (SCC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District and provides educational opportunities for nearly 20,000 students at the college and its three outreach centers. Courses are offered to California residents at a tremendous savings. The 60-acre main campus is located across from William Land Park and has its own light rail station. SCC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance. Anyone with an interest in career exploration may take a career aptitude test to help identify career options that match an individual?s interest and personality. Visit www.losrios.edu and select "Take a career aptitude test" under the Places of Interest heading, to take a free self-assessment survey. Although Los Rios Community College District is unable to recommend a specific self-assessment testing service, an example of the many different online self=assessment testing organizations is My Life Coach at www.mylifecoach.com. When accessing online testing sites, be aware that a fee may be charged for the use of their service.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend Sacramento City College, visit www.scc.losrios.edu or call the Allied Health Office Office at 916.558.2271. Compliance Statement / Nondiscrimination Sacramento City College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.