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
Chairside Techniques 1
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.
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.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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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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