Become a Dental Assistant in California

The great state of California is full of promise for tomorrow’s dental assistants. [Seguir leyendo en español]

You can expect solid growth in job prospects in this professions in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15.5% growth in the employment of dental assistants in the 10 years to 2022. This means we are likely to see over 1,600 job openings for dental assistants, when new openings and replacement jobs are added together, in each of the coming years. (To find out about dental hygienist schools, state requirements, salaries and job outlook, visit this page.)

Requirements

California has regulated more than most in this area. The state defines various titles inside the profession of dental assisting. These are Unlicensed Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), and Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF). Additionally permits exist for Orthodontic Assistants and Dental Sedation Assistants.

Unlicensed Dental Assistant

To work as an Unlicensed Dental Assisted you have to complete within one year from the date of employment, courses in the California Dental Practice Act and in infection control. These courses must be approved by the Dental Board of California. Additionally, you will need to take an AHA or ARC-approved course in Basic Life Support.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

What is a Registered Dental Assistant? A Registered Dental Assistant in California is a dental assistant with additional qualifications that permit that person to perform additional functions such as coronal polishing.

To be licensed as an RDA, you are required to do everything necessary to become an Unlicensed Dental Assisted, and either show work experience for 15 months assisting, or graduate from a Board-approved RDA educational program. Furthermore, you are required to complete Board-approved courses in radiation safety and coronal polishing, and pass the state written and practical exam and a state exam in law and ethics.

Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)

An RDAEF must have completed all the requirements to become an RDA, successfully complete a California Board-approved course for the application of pit and fissure sealants, successfully complete a California Board-approved extended functions educational program, pass a written exam and clinical or practical exam administered by the Board and apply for licensure.

Popular Programs

 

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of California can expect to earn an average of $38,730 annually or $18.62 per hour. Over 17,000 of the over 48,000 dental assistant jobs in California are found in the Los Angeles – Long Beach- Anaheim area of the state. There is also significant number of jobs in the Bay Area (San Francisco – Oakland – Hayward). Put another way, 42% of jobs are found in Northern California and 58% are in Southern California.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bakersfield, CA850$16.27$33,830
Chico, CA310$20.76$43,190
El Centro, CA150$16.85$35,050
Fresno, CA1,150$14.01$29,130
Hanford-Corcoran, CA160$19.95$41,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA17,030$17.76$36,940
Madera, CA150$17.90$37,220
Merced, CA180$15.38$31,980
Modesto, CA630$14.86$30,900
Napa, CA230$18.79$39,090
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA1,100$17.07$35,510
Redding, CA330$17.20$35,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA4,730$15.92$33,120
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA2,950$19.48$40,520
Salinas, CA580$19.62$40,810
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA3,840$19.26$40,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA7,090$21.11$43,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA3,280$23.03$47,900
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA320$19.80$41,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA290$18.42$38,310
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA550$20.05$41,700
Santa Rosa, CA690$21.16$44,010
Stockton-Lodi, CA680$16.93$35,210
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA550$20.04$41,680
Visalia-Porterville, CA320$17.22$35,810
Yuba City, CA120$17.68$36,770

Well-known Schools

There are 82 dental assistant schools in US Department of Education’s database for the State of California. Many of the best are among the State’s network community colleges, which also represent the most affordable options. These public vocational schools generally offer Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) programs, whereas some private schools may only offer education to become an Unlicensed Dental Assistant.

Los Angeles Area

Downey Adult School offers a 25-week certificate program at its campus in Downey, about 7 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The school receives broadly positive reviews and is very affordable.

Cerritos College, in Norwalk and Pasadena City College in Pasadena are two public community colleges offering Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) programs within 15 miles of downtown Los Angeles. Both offer certificate programs and both offer dental hygiene programs should you later choose that option. Prerequisites for the Cerritos program include a high school diploma (or equivalent), a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all high school and college courses, and passing an English assessment exam. There are no prerequisites for the Pasadena program. Both programs last approximately a year. The programs are CODA-accredited.

West Los Angeles College offers an Associate in Science degree program in Dental Assisting in Culver City.

Private options include United Education Institute, which has campuses in Huntingdon Park and El Monte, UEI College in Gardena, California Healing Arts College in Carson, American Career College, with campuses in Los Angeles and Long Beach, North-West College, with campuses in Glendale and Pasadena and PCI College in Cerritos.

There are also various private schools offering 13-week dental assisting programs that are not recognized by the Department of Education. The aim of these programs is help you become an Unlicensed Dental Assistant, as described above, and not an RDA. The Dental Assistant School of Van Nuys and The Valley School for Dental Assisting serve the San Fernando Valley.

Bay Area

City College of San Francisco offers a 10-month CODA-accredited certificate program and a two-year Associate program and prepares students to become RDAs or CDAs.

College of Alameda is a two-year community college in Alameda, about 9 miles from downtown San Francisco, and is part of the Peralta Community College District. The program aims to prepare you for California’s RDA exam. The only prerequisite for this program is to hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

College of Marin, in Marin County and part of that county’s community college district, offers a Certificate program that aims to prepare students for work as a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. Full-time students can complete the program in 10 months, while there is also a part-time option lasting 18 months.

If you’re looking for a dental assistant school in San Jose, San Jose City College is an affordable option and a good reputation in Silicon Valley. SJCC trains students to perform dental assisting skills with expanded functions, trains and gets them licensed to take dental x-rays and gets them certified in coronal polishing and pit and fissure sealants. Students are eligible to take the California State Board RDA examination on completion, and the Dental Assisting National Board’s Certified Dental Assistant exam for certification to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). SJCC also offers and AS in Dental Assisting.

Other public Bay Area options include Contra Costa College (San Pablo), College of San Mateo (San Mateo), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill), Mt Diablo Adult Education (Concord) and Foothill College.

Sacramento

Sacramento City College is the only public two-year college offering a dental assisting program in Sacramento. It is a full-time day program commencing in August of each year and leads to a Certificate of Achievement (COA) or an Associate in Science degree (AS). This CODA-accredited program prepares students for the national CDA exam and the California RDA exam.

There are a range of private options including Carrington College (Sacramento, Stockton and Citrus Heights), Brightwood College, Blake Austin College (Vacaville) and United Education Institute in Stockton.

Bakersfield, CA

California College of Vocational Careers

1901 Chester Ave #201, Bakersfield, California 93301
(661) 323-6791
http://ccvc.edu/dental_assistant.html

California College of Vocational Careers’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Bakersfield, CA. The college has around 97 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the school are around $29,360 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $29,360.

Kaplan College-Bakersfield

1914 Wible Road, Bakersfield, California 93304
(661) 836-6300
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

The Certificate program at Kaplan College is taught at their Bakersfield campus. The college has about 524 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $15,801 and books and supplies costs of $1,320. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, CA

College of the Redwoods

7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, California 95501-9300
(707) 476-4100
http://www.redwoods.edu/district/degrees/da-as.pdf

The Associate’s program at College of the Redwoods is offered at their campus in Eureka in Humboldt County. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has approximately 4,827 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are approximately $1,140 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $1,140.

College of the Redwoods

7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, California 95501-9300
(707) 476-4100
http://www.redwoods.edu/district/degrees/da-ca.pdf

The Certificate program at College of the Redwoods is taught at their Eureka campus. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 4,827 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are approximately $1,140 per year. Fees for students from other states are $1,140.

Fresno, CA

Kaplan College-Fresno

44 Shaw Avenue, Rodeo Plaza, Clovis, California 93612
(559) 325-5100
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

Kaplan College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Clovis in Fresno County, CA. The college has about 376 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,521 and material costs of $600. The average completion time for the program is 10 months.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

American Auto Institute

661 West Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, California 90247
(949) 272-7200
http://www.uei.edu/programs/uei/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at American Auto Institute is taught at their Gardena campus. The majority of the school’s 2,328 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $18,300. The average completion time for the program is 9 months. The program prepares students to embark on a rewarding career working as a dental assistant in a fast-paced dental office or clinic. Students receive instruction in preparing exam rooms and organizing dental instruments, managing patient records, preparing dental patients for procedures and exams, instructing patients in oral care and hygiene, sterilization and disinfection of equipment and in chairside dentist assisting.

Career Care Institute

43770 Fifteenth St W Ste 115, Lancaster, California 93534
(661) 942-6204
http://www.ccicolleges.edu/dental-assisting-program.php

Career Care Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Lancaster in Los Angeles County, CA. Most of the school’s 616 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $11,515 and books and supplies costs of $978. The average completion time for the program is 9 months. Career Care Institute’s program aims to adequately prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in a dental office as a dental assistant. Students learn how to function efficiently and successfully in most areas of dental assisting.

Carrington College California-Pomona

901 Corporate Center Drive, Ste. 300, Pomona, California 91768-2642
(909) 868-5800
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s program at Carrington College California is taught at their Pomona campus. The college has around 206 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $31,672 and books and supplies costs of $1,439. On average the program takes 18 months to complete.

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, California 90650-6298
(562) 860-2451
http://cms.cerritos.edu/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Cerritos College is taught at their Norwalk campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has about 20,719 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,346 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $7,114. This program aims to prepare the student as a dental health care professional, to be safe and competent by being compliant with both Federal and California State standards and regulations, and to provide the dental assisting student with academic knowledge and skill competence to qualify for both California and National Certification examinations.

Charter College-Canyon Country

27125 Sierra Hwy Ste 329, Canyon Country, California 91351
(661) 252-1864
http://www.chartercollege.edu/programs/healthcare/dental-assisting

Charter College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Canyon Country in Los Angeles County, CA. The college has about 658 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.Fees at this school are about $18,313 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $18,313. Graduates of this Certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment in dental settings with job titles that include Chairside Dental Assistant and Dental X-Ray Technician.

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California 91741-1899
(626) 963-0323
http://www.citruscollege.edu/academics/programs/dental/Pages/default.aspx

The Associate’s program at Citrus College is taught at their Glendora campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 11,750 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $1,174 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $5,086.

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California 91741-1899
(626) 963-0323
http://www.citruscollege.edu/academics/programs/dental/Pages/default.aspx

Citrus College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Glendora in Los Angeles County, CA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 11,750 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,174 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $5,086.

Downey Adult School

12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, California 90241
(562) 940-6200
http://www.das.edu/classes/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Downey Adult School is taught at their Downey campus. This public college has about 1,733 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $3,149 and books and supplies costs of $568. On average the program takes 12 months to complete.Students learn laboratory procedures such as exposing, developing, mounting dental radiographs, taking impressions, dental instrumentation, mixing dental cements, four-handed dentistry and chair side dental procedures.

Everest College-Alhambra

2215 W Mission Rd, Alhambra, California 91803
(626) 979-4940 x127
http://www.everest.edu/campus/alhambra/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Alhambra in Los Angeles County, CA. This private, for-profit college has about 668 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $18,329 and material costs of $1,046. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Everest College-Gardena

1045 W. Redondo Beach Boulevard, Suite 275, Gardena, California 90247
(310) 527-7105
http://www.everest.edu/campus/gardena/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Gardena, CA. The college has approximately 533 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $18,329 and material costs of $1,044. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Everest College-Reseda

18040 Sherman Way Ste 400, Reseda, California 91335-4631
(818) 774-0550
http://www.everest.edu/campus/reseda/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest College is offered at their campus in the city of Reseda. This private, for-profit college has about 699 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are about $14,365 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of California are $14,365.

Everest College-West Los Angeles

3000 S Robertson Blvd #300, Los Angeles, California 90034-3169
(310) 840-5777
http://www.everest.edu/campus/west_los_angeles/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Los Angeles, CA. The college has around 431 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are around $14,328 per year. Tuition for students from outside California is $14,328.

American Career College-Anaheim

1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, California 92801-0000
(949) 783-4800
http://americancareercollege.edu/programs/dental-assisting.html

American Career College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Anaheim, CA. This private, for-profit college has around 1,748 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $16,950. The average completion time for the program is 10 months. The ACC program is designed to help students quickly gain proficiency in dental procedures and techniques and prepare them for a satisfying, in-demand career.

Concorde Career College-Garden Grove

12951 Euclid Street, Suite 101, Garden Grove, California 92840-9201
(714) 703-1900
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-assistant-assisting

Concorde Career College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Garden Grove in Orange County, CA. The majority of the school’s 1,006 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $16,517 and books and supplies costs of $1,417. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Cypress College

9200 Valley View, Cypress, California 90630-5897
(714) 484-7000
http://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/academicPrograms/HealthScience/DentalAssisting

The Certificate program at Cypress College is offered at their campus in Cypress in Orange County. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 15,144 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,136 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $6,152. This is a two-semester program that includes patient care experiences in an on-site facility which is fully equipped, with students assigned to dental offices or clinics for their externship experiences.

Cypress College

9200 Valley View, Cypress, California 90630-5897
(714) 484-7000
http://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/academicPrograms/HealthScience/DentalAssisting

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Cypress campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 15,144 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,136 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $6,152.

Everest College-Anaheim

511 North Brookhurst St., Suite 300, Anaheim, California 92801-5229
(714) 953-6500
http://www.everest.edu/campus/anaheim/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest College is offered at their campus in the city of Anaheim. This private, for-profit college has about 718 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are about $13,896 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $13,896.

Modesto, CA

Heald College-Modesto

5260 Pirrone Ct, Salida, California 95367
(209) 416-3700
http://www.heald.edu/healthcare/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Heald College is taught at their Salida campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 1,016 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are approximately $13,620 per year. Fees for students from other states are $13,620.

Kaplan College-Modesto

5172 Kiernan Court, Salida, California 95368
(209) 543-7000
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

The Certificate program at Kaplan College is taught at their Salida campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 548 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,452 and material costs of $672. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

Kaplan College-Riverside

4040 Vine Street, Riverside, California 92507-0000
(951) 276-1704
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

Kaplan College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Riverside, CA. The college has approximately 310 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,924 and material costs of $195. The average completion time for the program is 10 months.

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002
(909) 652-6000
http://www.chaffey.edu/healthsciences/dentalasst/

Chaffey College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, CA. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has approximately 17,804 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,153 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $6,145. Students work with the latest dental procedures through supervised practical sessions at Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry. Students work with student dentists and employ the techniques and skills required to be a successful dental team member.

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002
(909) 652-6000
http://www.chaffey.edu/healthsciences/dentalasst/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Rancho Cucamonga campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 17,804 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,153 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $6,145.

Everest College-Ontario

1460 S. Milliken Ave, Ontario, California 91761-2338
(909) 984-5027
http://www.everest.edu/campus/ontario/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Ontario, CA. Most of the school’s 813 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $18,329 and material costs of $1,037. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Everest College-San Bernardino

217 E. Club Center Drive, Ste. A, San Bernardino, California 92408
(909) 777-3300
http://www.2.everest.edu/campus/san_bernardino/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of San Bernardino, CA. The majority of the school’s 820 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are about $13,572 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of California are $13,572.

Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA

Anthem College-Sacramento

9738 Lincoln Village Drive #100, Sacramento, California 95827
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/sacramento-california/dental-assistant/diploma/

Anthem College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Sacramento, CA. The college has about 332 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Tuition fees at the college are about $15,537 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $15,537. This college does not offer campus accommodation.

Carrington College California-Citrus Heights

7301 Greenback Lane, Ste A, Citrus Heights, California 95621
(916) 722-8200
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s program at Carrington College California is offered at their campus in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County. The college has around 412 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Carrington College California-Citrus Heights

7301 Greenback Lane, Ste A, Citrus Heights, California 95621
(916) 722-8200
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

Carrington College California’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, CA. The college has approximately 412 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 83%. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $19,429 and material costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

Concorde Career College-San Diego

4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92113-1964
(619) 688-0800
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-assistant-assisting

Concorde Career College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of San Diego, CA. This private, for-profit college has about 649 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $17,060 and material costs of $1,487. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Carrington College California-San Leandro

15555 E. 14th Street, Suite 500, San Leandro, California 94578-1977
(510) 276-3888
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Carrington College California is taught at their San Leandro campus. The majority of the school’s 471 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

College of Alameda

555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pky, Alameda, California 94501
(510) 522-7221
http://alameda.peralta.edu/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Alameda campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has around 5,682 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,144 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $6,256. Dental assisting courses focus on patient dental care and oral health. The program includes California dental law, ethics, professionalism, infection control, head & neck anatomy, dental materials, dental radiology and chairside skills. Fall semester courses introduce basic theory and chairside skills. The spring semester involves more advanced studies and includes internship and advanced use of technology within dentistry.

College of Alameda

555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pky, Alameda, California 94501
(510) 522-7221
http://alameda.peralta.edu/dental-assisting/

College of Alameda’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Alameda in Alameda County, CA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 5,682 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,144 per year, while students from other states will pay $6,256.

Heald College-Hayward

25500 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, California 94545
(510) 783-2100 x7283
http://www.heald.edu/healthcare/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Heald College is taught at their Hayward campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, for-profit college has approximately 1,419 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are approximately $13,620 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of California is $13,620.

Carrington College California-Antioch

2157 Country Hills Drive, Antioch, California 94509
(925) 522-7777
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

Carrington College California’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Antioch in Contra Costa County, CA. Most of the school’s 318 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Carrington College California-Antioch

2157 Country Hills Drive, Antioch, California 94509
(925) 522-7777
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Antioch campus. Most of the school’s 318 students are on 2-year programs. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 83%. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. The average completion time for the program is 10 months.

Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill

380 Civic Dr., Ste. 300, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
(925) 609-6650
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Pleasant Hill campus. The majority of the school’s 346 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, California 94806-3195
(510) 235-7800
http://coast.contracosta.edu/websites/dental/Shared%20Documents/default.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s San Pablo campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 6,899 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $1,298 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $7,038.

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, California 94806-3195
(510) 235-7800
http://coast.contracosta.edu/websites/dental/Shared%20Documents/default.aspx

Contra Costa College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in San Pablo in Contra Costa County, CA. The program is ADA accredited. The college has around 6,899 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,298 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $7,038.

Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
(925) 685-1230
http://www.dvc.edu/academics/bhsd/assist/index.html

Diablo Valley College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County, CA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has around 20,329 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,298 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of California are $7,038. The Diablo Valley College program prepares students to work in dental offices as essential members of the dental team. A registered dental assistant offers the dentist with both administrative and chair-side support.

Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
(925) 685-1230
http://www.dvc.edu/academics/bhsd/assist/index.html

The Associate’s program at Diablo Valley College is offered at their campus in Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 20,329 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,298 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $7,038.

Heald College-Concord

5130 Commercial Circle, Concord, California 94520-0522
(925) 288-5800
http://www.heald.edu/healthcare/dental-assisting

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Concord campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 1,657 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are around $13,620 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of California are $13,620.

College of Marin

835 College Ave, Kentfield, California 94904-2590
(415) 457-8811
http://www.marin.edu/departments/HealthSciences/DentalAssisting/

The Associate’s program at College of Marin is offered at their campus in Kentfield in Marin County. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 7,058 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,420 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $7,570. Full-time students can complete the program in two semesters and one summer session. Part-time students can complete the program in four semesters and one summer session.

College of Marin

835 College Ave, Kentfield, California 94904-2590
(415) 457-8811
http://www.marin.edu/departments/HealthSciences/DentalAssisting/

The Certificate program at College of Marin is taught at their Kentfield campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has approximately 7,058 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,420 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $7,570.

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, California 94112-1898
(415) 239-3000
https://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/school-and-departments/school-of-health-and-physical-education/dental-assisting.html

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s San Francisco campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 30,106 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,274 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $6,748. The program includes training in intra-oral dental functions and direct patient care or chairside experience in dental schools, public dental care facilities, clinics and private offices in San Francisco and the Daly City/South San Francisco area.

Everest College-San Francisco

814 Mission St Suite 500, San Francisco, California 94103-9946
(415) 777-2500
http://www.bryman.edu/brymansf/dental_assistant.html

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of San Francisco, CA. This private, for-profit college has about 317 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $15,008 and books and supplies costs of $1,492. The average completion time for the program is 10 months.

College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, California 94402-3784
(650) 574-6161
https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/dentalassisting/

College of San Mateo’s diploma program is offered at their campus in San Mateo in San Mateo County, CA. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has about 9,548 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,418 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $6,150. Students can graduate with a Certificate in Dental Assisting in two semesters. It also can serve as a stepping stone into a later career in dental hygiene.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Carrington College California-San Jose

6201 San Ignacio Ave., San Jose, California 95119
(408) 960-0162
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

Carrington College California’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of San Jose, CA. The college has about 646 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $55,194 and material costs of $4,644. The average completion time for the program is 19 months.

Foothill College

12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-7777
http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/dentala/

Foothill College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Los Altos Hills in Santa Clara County, CA. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 15,067 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,536 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $8,016. The program at Foothill College is an intensive 10 month sequence of instruction, with entry only available in the Fall quarter. The program includes extended functions of coronal polishing, ultrasonic scaling and a x-ray certificate.

Foothill College

12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-7777
http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/dentala/

The Associate’s program at Foothill College is taught at their Los Altos Hills campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 15,067 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,536 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $8,016.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

Central California School

3195 McMillan Ste F, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
(805) 543-9123
http://ccsce.org/dental-assistant.php

Central California School’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of San Luis Obispo, CA. Most of the school’s 367 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are approximately $9,535 per year. Tuition for students from outside California is $9,535.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454-6399
(805) 922-6966
http://www.hancockcollege.edu/academic_departments/health_sciences/dental/degrees.php

The Associate’s program at Allan Hancock College is offered at their campus in the city of Santa Maria. This public college has approximately 10,837 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,346 per year. Fees for students from other states are $6,666. A major of 31.5 units is required for the associate in science degree.

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454-6399
(805) 922-6966
http://www.hancockcollege.edu/academic_departments/health_sciences/dental/certificates.php

Allan Hancock College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Santa Maria, CA. Most of the school’s 10,837 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,346 per year. The fees for students from outside California are $6,666. 33 units constitute the certificate.

Stockton-Lodi, CA

Carrington College California-Stockton

1313 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite B, Stockton, California 95207
(209) 956-1240
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Associate’s program at Carrington College California is taught at their Stockton campus. The college has about 362 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $19,429 and material costs of $559. The average completion time for the program is 10 months.

Carrington College California-Stockton

1313 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite B, Stockton, California 95207
(209) 956-1240
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Carrington College California is taught at their Stockton campus. This private, for-profit college has about 362 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $19,429 and books and supplies costs of $559. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Heald College-Stockton

1605 E March Ln, Stockton, California 95210
(209) 473-5200
http://www.heald.edu/healthcare/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Heald College is offered at their campus in the city of Stockton. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, for-profit college has about 1,665 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are about $13,620 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $13,620.

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

Blake Austin College

611 Orange Dr Ste K, Vacaville, California 95687
(707) 455-0557
http://www.blakeaustincollege.edu/courses/medical-careers/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Blake Austin College is taught at their Vacaville campus. This private, for-profit college has about 282 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $18,130 and material costs of $750. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.This college does not offer campus accommodation. In Blake Austin college’s newly remodeled and dedicated dental wing, students are trained and learn the skills required to be successful in related laboratory procedures as well as administrative.

Visalia-Porterville, CA

Milan Institute-Visalia

6500 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, California 93277
(559) 684-3900
http://www.milaninstitute.edu/mmb/dental-assistant.htm

Milan Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Visalia, CA. The majority of the school’s 333 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $14,449 and material costs of $1,179. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

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