Dental Assisting

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.

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.

Costs of the Program

In addition to normal student expenses (for textbooks, etc.), the Dental Assisting Program requires an expenditure of approximately $2,000.00 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.

Program Outcomes

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

More About the Program

Dental Assisting Program Details

SCC Dental Clinic

Dental Clinic

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation

211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(800) 621-8099

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Health and Health Professions

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