Information for Students
All students are required to complete 300 hours of internship in their final Spring semester before graduating from the program.
DENT 70 - Clinical Rotation will start early January, prior to the start of the regular Spring semester.
Dental School Rotation: Students will go to University of Pacific, A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP) from Monday to Friday for approximately 3 weeks to complete the first section of their internship.
Office Rotation: After completing their rotation at UOP, students will go to two dental offices for their office internship rotation. The offices will be in and around San Francisco on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the semester. The intern offices will be assigned to the students by the program director, Tiffany Ren. Students are expected to be on campus Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays while they are in their office internship rotations.
Working students are advised to prepare financial and/or work arrangements to accommodate the change in schedule.
Information for Dental Offices and Clinics
When does the internship take place?
Our students go into their intership rotations in the Spring semester. If a student is assigned to your office, they will be interning on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for a total of up to 16 hours per week.
We would like to participate as an intership site, how can our office get on the list?
Thank you for your interest in becoming an internship site for our program. Please read the following guidelines to determine if you are eligible to become an internship site.
Office Rotation Guidelines
The dentist and staff are willing to delegate, supervise, and
evaluate the student performing the DA and RDA tasks appropriate
for their practice. Coronal polish and oral inspection are
mandated by the State as a requirement for accreditation. The other
tasks are required as part of our accreditation by the American
The office must employ at least two auxiliaries on the days of
the clinical assignment. (Two auxiliaries are defined as one
chairside and one front desk assistant.) The office must not
have a student from another dental assisting program in the office
at the same time unless the dental office staff is increased by one
The current clinical days are Tuesday and/or Thursday. The
office may select one or both days. The student needs to
complete the mandatory clinical hours; so please select your
clinical days carefully to assure that your office and/or staff
will be available to complete the necessary hours. The dental
office is regularly scheduled to treat patients on the assigned
clinical days. Occasional days for meetings, conferences, and other
duties, when the dentist is not in the office, are taken into
consideration, but it is expected that the student would be
assigned meaningful work in the office with other staff
when the dentist is absent.
- The office staff
will monitor the student’s attendance and evaluate the student’s
performance. The supervising instructor will visit the office
regularly for an informal oral progress report. A written report
is required at the end of the assignment period from the assigned
office. The reporting sheets that the office must complete will
be provided by the program.
Each office will provide the following PPE items, gloves, masks,
and gown/lab coat for the student. The student will provide
their own protective eyewear and professional attire.
- In case of illness or unavoidable delay in reaching the office, the student will telephone the office and CCSF instructor to explain the situation.
If you meet the guidelines, please complete the following form to get on our email list:
We typically email offices on our list in November & December with a form that must be completed to show interest in the rotations indicated. Due to the high demand for interns in San Francisco, we are not able to accommodate all requests.
What skills can we expect from the students?
The office can expect the student to have the following traditional skills:
- Ability to identify standard instruments used in general dentistry and endodontics. During the Spring Semester, the students will be completing instruction in the other specialties of oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
- Ability to properly mix the materials used in restorative dentistry. The manufacturer’s directions on direct instruction/supervisor should be available for the materials used as it is impossible to introduce every brand to our students.
- Ability to properly mix impression materials, load trays for insertion, and load impression syringe. The students have been instructed in the technique of taking alginate impressions for study models as well as pouring impressions.
- Radiology - students have the ability to take x-rays on patients, including digital and are proficient in processing and mounting films.
- Students have knowledge of methods of sterilization, disinfection and infectious diseases but need instruction in your office’s “step by step” methods.
- Current CPR certificate for Healthcare Provider, and HIPPA instruction.
- Students are vaccinated for Hep-B, tested for TB, and are covered by the College’s healthcare plan (in case emergency treatment is necessary) and insurance.
- Instruction in treatment of emergencies common to dental offices, are taught during the Spring Semester.
- After a minimum orientation period, the office can expect the CCSF student to accept responsibility for all phases of dental assisting.
- The office can expect the student to perform the duties in a professional manner, use correct terminology when appropriate and accept constructive criticism, when necessary.