Becoming a Dental Assistant in Santa Ana, California

If you live in Santa Ana and enjoy working with people, you should consider a career as a dental assistant. Santa Ana is the second-largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and has one of the highest population densities in the country.

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There is a high demand for healthcare workers in this region, and since approximately 77 percent of the population identifies as Hispanic, bilingual dental assistants are especially desirable. Santa Ana is an exciting place to live and work, and dental assistants have a great deal of opportunity for advancing their careers.

Dental Assistant Schools in Santa Ana

Dental assistants in California may train on the job, but to qualify as a registered dental assistant (RDA) you need to pass the certification exams. Many prospective RDAs prefer to take a course at a local community college or technical school before securing entry-level employment.

Dental assisting programs in the Santa Ana area include:

  • Northwest College (NWC). Located just north of Santa Ana in Anaheim, this branch of the NWC was recently relocated. Their new building is on North Brookhurst Street and just one block south of interstate 5. Their nine-month dental assisting program offers a combination of classroom and hands-on laboratory experience that culminates with a 180-hour internship with a local dentist office. Upon completion, you will be prepared to start as an entry-level dental assistant and should be eligible to take the RDA certification exams.
  • Concorde Career Colleges (CCC). This program offers day and evening classes and can be completed in as little as eight months. Their Garden Grove campus sits just north of Santa Ana and is conveniently located on the corner of Euclid and Garden Grove Boulevard. In addition to classrooms and laboratory space, CCC operates a public dental clinic where students get hands-on experience working with real clients. After graduating from CCC, you will be ready for an entry-level position and eligible to sit for the RDA certification exams.

Career Outlook and Salary Expectations

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, there were over 17,000 dental assistants in the Los Angeles metro area in 2017. The field is projected to grown another 16.5 percent in the state as a whole by 2026.

Dental assistants in Santa Ana earn between $8.35 and $27.75 per hour, with an average rate of $16.66 per hour. This is in line with the national average for dental assistants, and there is a lot of potential for higher wages as you gain experience.

Working as a Dental Assistant in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is an interesting place to live and has a lot of local attractions. It is home to the Santa Ana Zoo, which has a mini-train and walk-through aviary, and also the Discovery Cube children’s museum. You can stroll through a restored 1890s neighborhood and gardens at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Or you can head to the beach for some surfing or take in a hike at the nearby Santa Ana Mountains. Dental assistants in this area have many opportunities for building their careers and their families.

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