Dental Assisting-Registered

Imagine yourself in a busy dental office working with adults and children and assisting a busy dentist. If you like a fast-paced, on-the-go environment and helping people achieve dental health, then the OCC Career Advantage Registered Dental Assistant program may be right for you. Our program includes a clinical rotation where you will get hands-on training in a dental clinic or a local dental office. OCC students train with industry-standard dental technology, and graduates are prepared to take the state and national registered dental assistant certification exams.

OCC graduates go to work in successful dental practices throughout Orange County and the Southern California region. We offer a short-term certificate program and the option to earn an associate degree. Dental assistants in California earn a median income of $37,822. If you see the value in good oral health and are ready to help others achieve it, read on to learn more about our program.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Dental Anatomy
Chairside Techniques 1
Dental Materials

Biomedical Sciences
Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dental Radiography 1

Did you know?

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete the certificate program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in dental assisting. Earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Learn dental radiology, preventative therapy, patient management, receptionist duties, expanded functions and office management. You will be prepared to work as a dental assistant at a private dental office, specialty practice, federal or state dental program or dental school. You also will have the knowledge and skills needed to take the California Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Certification Exam, and qualify for a state radiation license, as well as certifications for coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealant, and ultrasonic scaling for cement removal. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Registered Dental Assisting Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Learn dental radiology, preventative therapy, patient management, receptionist duties, expanded functions and office management. You will be prepared to work as a dental assistant at a private dental office, specialty practice, federal or state dental program or dental school. You also will have the knowledge and skills needed to take the California Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Certification Exam, and qualify for a state radiation license, as well as certifications for coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealant, and ultrasonic scaling for cement removal. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers evening courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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Jordan Clark, M.S.

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Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

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Counselor, Allied
Health Careers

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