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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.

Dental Assisting (AS) Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 34 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 743 Coronal Polish 0.5 units
DENT 744 Dental Sealants 0.5 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
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
Students are required to take the CSM English Placement Test prior to enrolling in the program. 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: 37

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.