A.S. in Dental Assisting

A.S. Degree

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for the California State Registered Dental Assistant Examination. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation and the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to sit for the California State Registered Dental Assistant Examination and the National Certification Examination.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
DENT 100Dental Assisting Basics2.5
DENT 101Chairside Assisting3
DENT 102Dental Materials2.5
DENT 121Preclinical Dental Science2
DENT 122Infection Control in the Dental Office1.5
DENT 123Preventive Dental Health2
DENT 124Dental Specialties2
DENT 125Dental Practice Management2
DENT 201Dental Radiology2
DENT 202Registered Dental Assistant4.5
DENT 203Dental Practice Experience5.5
DENT 204RDA Clinical Procedures1
Total Units30.5

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Dental Assisting A.S. Degree will:

  1. Use correct dental terminology and nomenclature in the correct context in order to effectively communicate dental information and concepts to others.
  2. Develop problem-solving and self-assessment skills and make appropriate decisions regarding a variety of procedural situations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interact with patients and work effectively as a member of the dental team.
  4. Maintain the standard of care during dental treatment and promote oral health.
  5. Develop the ability to use and adapt to current technology used in dental practices.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in the current duties of an RDA, practicing within the delegated duties (scope of practice).
  7. Develop foundational knowledge of dental procedures and the ability to communicate and apply their concepts and principles.