The Dental Assistant program consists of learning the basic function and duties within an administrative or clinical setting in preparation for the RDA state examination. The Dental Assistant Level I program will consist of 23 weeks with a total of 332 hours in theory and clinical practicum. After the completion of Level I, students will be required to complete an additional 60 hours in the Dental Assistant Level II course (12 weeks) along with 200+ hours of work experiences to qualify for the RDA state examination. All course materials will be provided in order to support and prepare students for success. 

Two adult dental students in the classroom
Dental Assistant Pathway Map: Level I to Level II


Dental Assistant Level I

Course Description:

Dental Assistant Level I prepares students for entry-level employment as an Administrative or Clinical Dental Assistant. Students will learn the basic skills needed to satisfy requirements in starting a career in Dental Assisting. Students will learn hands-on techniques, as it relates to chairside dental assisting and current dental practice aligned with the Dental Board of California. Additionally, students will be prepared in professional skills and acquire digital badges to show readiness for the workforce. After completion of all the Dental Board of California RDA state requirements (DA Level II) and work experience (200 + hours), you may qualify to take the state examination.

  • Recommended basic computer knowledge including Google & Microsoft 
  • Student must have a valid AHA/BLS CPR Card prior to the start date

Course Outcomes & Certifications:
  • California Dental Board California Dental X-Ray Certification
  • California Dental Board 8-hour Infection Control certification
  • California Dental Board 2-hour Dental Practice Act Certification
  • New World of Work Digital Badge

Dental Assistant Level II

Course Description:

Dental Assisting Level II prepares students for a job as a Registered Dental Assistant. Upon completion, graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for their Registered Dental Assistant Exam with 200+ hours of verifiable work experience. This course includes classroom, lab and clinical hours. Registered Dental Assistants (RDA) are allowed to perform additional job duties of an unlicensed Dental Assistant as well as earn greater compensation. Students will learn how to work with General Dentists as well as Dental Specialists.

  • Recommended basic computer knowledge
  • Currently working as a Dental Assistant and/or previously completed Dental Assisting Level I
  • Completion of 8-hour Infection Control
  • Completion of 2-hour Dental Practice Act
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers card, certification must stay current throughout the course

Course Outcomes & Certifications:
  • Dental Board of California Coronal Polish Certificate
  • Dental Board of California Pit & Fissure Sealants Certificate
  • Eligible to sit for Registered Dental Assistant Exam after completion of 200+ hours of verifiable work experience



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