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Prepare for Employment as Registered and Certified Dental Assistants
Training in the curriculum in Dental Assisting is designed to prepare students for employment as Registered and Certified Dental Assistants in private practice, specialty dentistry, hospitals, clinics, and dental schools.
Positions to which graduates may advance with experience and further training include those of dental product sales representatives, insurance auditor, manager, supervisor, educator, and RDAEF. This program includes instruction in intra-oral dental functions and direct patient care/chairside experience in dental schools, clinics, and private offices and public dental care facilities in San Francisco and the Daly City/South San Francisco area. Students who have completed their training satisfactorily are qualified to take the state licensure examination to become Registered Dental Assistants and the national examination to become Certified Dental Assistants.
The trained dental assistant is expected to develop skills to assist the dentist with treatment procedures at chairside; produce diagnostic aids for interpretation by the dentist; provide oral health instructions for child, teenager, and adult patients; perform chairside support and laboratory procedures that are required for dental treatments; perform treatment services where state legal provisions authorize the dentist to assign such tasks. Dental assistants are also expected to develop skills in basic business office procedures.
If you are thinking about a career in the health field, and you are comfortable working directly with people, consider dental assisting.
Dental Assisting Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Integrate the knowledge of dental science, materials, radiography, procedures, patient and office management into the clinical practices required of registered dental assistants in general and specialized dentistry.
- Perform with competency all registered dental assistant duties outlined by the California Dental Practice Act.
- Conduct work ethically and professionally, as expected in the dental assisting profession.
- Anticipate what is required in state and national licensure exams that authorize one to perform registered and certified dental assistant functions.