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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

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
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
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
ENGL 105 Intensive Composition and Reading 5 units
* Fall
** Spring
Total Required Units: 37 - 39