Meet with a CSM counselor to discuss how to achieve academic goals and to develop a comprehensive student educational plan (SEP).
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
|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|
|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.|
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.