Certificate Curriculum

This can be either a two or four semester program, for a Certificate of Completion in the Dental Assisting Program. 

The one year program is designed for those individuals who already have degrees, who are reentering school, who are changing careers, or who wish to learn to be trained as Dental Assistants to enter the profession in a shorter period of time.

ADMISSION

Enrollment is open to all interested individuals.  The prerequisites for admission to the program are completion of English 90, English as a Second Language 150 (formerly ESL72) or 82; and Biology 9 or Anatomy 14 or Physiology 12.  Students must type 45 wpm. This requirement may be satisfied by completion of Business 79A (or a computer data entry course) with a grade of C or higher, or provide proof of having passed a typing test at 45wpm or completing a typing/computer class in middle/high school.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Students may obtain the Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting by completing the courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

  FIRST SEMESTER UNITS
DENT 51 APPLIED DENTAL SCIENCE I 4
DENT 52 INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL PROCEDURES 3
DENT 53 INTRODUCTION TO CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING 3
DENT 55A DENTAL ROEMTGENOGRAPHY 2
DENT 62 THE DENTAL ASSISTANT IN PRACTICE 3
  Total Semester Units 15
     
  SECOND SEMESTER UNITS
DENT 54 APPLIED DENTAL SCIENCE II 2
DENT 55B DENTAL ROENTGENOGRAPHY 2
DENT 57 DENTAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3
DENT 67 ADVANCED DENTAL PROCEDURES 4
DENT 70 CLINICAL CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING 7
DENT 110A CORONAL POLISHING .5
  Total Semester Units 18.5
     
  TOTAL PROGRAM UNITS 33.5
     


Note: Upon the completion of the Certificate Program in Dental Assisting, the student is eligible to take the National Certification Examination, given by the Dental Assisting National Board, Chicago, Illinois, and may also take the Registered Dental Assistant Exam, given by the California Board of Dentistry.