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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 (CA) Requirements

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
OR
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
OR
COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
Required Selective Courses: 3-5 units from the following courses: Units
ENGL 838 Intensive Introduction to Composition and Reading 5 units
ENGL 848 Introduction to Composition and Reading 4 units
ENGL 100 Composition and Reading 3 units
OR
ENGL 105 Intensive Composition and Reading 5 units
* Fall
** Spring
Total Required Units: 37 - 39