Dental Assisting

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Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.

– Soupy Sales

The Dental Assisting Program is a two-semester program that includes patient care experiences in a fully equipped on-site facility, with students assigned to clinics or dental offices for their externship experiences.

Dental Assistants are highly valued by the dental profession and have a choice of work environments from private offices to hospitals and clinics.

Our program prepares the students to satisfy this need.  As a Dental Assistant you will be involved in a variety of duties including managing the front office, preparing the patient, taking radiographs, and mixing dental materials.

Registered Dental Assistants are not only supportive members of the dental team but they also perform important procedures in the patient’s mouth under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Student wearing personal protective equipment while working on teeth

What You’ll Study
  • Dental Materials
  • Clinical Externship
  • Oral Anatomy/Dental Assisting
  • Preventive Dental Health
  • Chairside Assisting
  • Radiology/Dental Assisting
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • Independent Study

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Dental Assisting.

Careers & Salary


  • Dental Assistant


  • Low: $26k
  • Average: $37k
  • High: $57k

Program Mapper

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Visit our Program Mapper for more information.

  • Joel Silva, RDA, CDA, A.S., BS
Adjunct Faculty
  • Giovanna Charleston
  • Brenda Toy
Dental Assisting Department

Location: Tech Ed III, Building 13, Room 305
T: (714) 484-7293
Department Chair: Joel Silva,