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Program Overview

CSM's Dental Assisting program is a two semester program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program provides a comprehensive education in clinical dental assisting as preparation to sit for both the State (Registered Dental Assistant) and National (Certified Dental Assisting ) examinations. Clinical experience is arranged at the Schools of Dentistry of the University of the Pacific, and in various dental offices in local area.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 33 units Units
DENT 701 Dental Science I 3 units
DENT 702 Dental Science II 3 units
DENT 703 Allied Health Communication 1 unit
DENT 721 Dental Materials I 3 units
DENT 722 Dental Materials II 2 units
DENT 740 Chairside Assisting I 3 units
DENT 742 Chairside Assisting II 3 units
DENT 749 Preclinical Dental Science Laboratory 1 unit
DENT 751 Dental Clinic 1.5 units
DENT 753 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice 5 units
DENT 763 Dental Radiology 2 units
DENT 770 Dental Office Procedures 2.5 units
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 units
OR
COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
Required Selective Courses: 3 units from the following courses: Units
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
Requirements: Units
Prior to enrolling in the program, students need to show a minimum placement of eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 400 or equivalent, through multiple measures placement. Any student who wants to become licensed by the State of California as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) must have a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify for the licensing exam.
Total Required Major Units: 36

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.