Dental Assisting

Are you interested in a health career? Have you thought about a career in the dental field?

The dental assisting program offers you a chance to enter the dental field in as little as 10 months. You will get hands-on learning in our DVC Dental Teaching Clinic and as an extern in dental offices. Also, you will be prepared for your RDA license and CDA certificate exams.

This program is in the interest area:

Career Opportunities

The dental assisting program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • Chairside dental assistant (general and specialty offices)
  • Office administrator

With additional education:

  • Orthodontic assistant 
  • Dental sedation assistant
  • Registered dental assistant with expanded functions (RDAEF2)
  • Dental assisting educator
  • Corporate sales representative
  • Registered dental hygienist
  • Dentist

Degrees and Certificates

Change your life with a dental assisting degree and/or certificate. Our program gives you options to explore.


About degrees and certificates

Certificates:
A certificate readily prepares you to enter a particular field or career. It can also give you new skills for advancement in the workplace.

Associate Degrees:
An associate degree requires a broader education for career options in a range of industries. It's a great step towards earning a bachelor degree at a four-year school or entering the workforce sooner.

Associate Degrees for Transfer:
A transfer degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Earning one can guarantee admission to California State Universities, some private and online universities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). ADTs, along with a transfer agreement guarantee (TAG) with the University of California system can help you achieve your goals for less. Learn about transfer services.