Dental Assisting Certificate and Degree Pathways

Diablo Valley College’s Dental Assisting Program is a great option for anyone interested in one of the many careers in the dental field. This nine-month program includes a variety of classes and valuable hands-on experience through internship opportunities.

The Dental Assisting Program is highly competitive as only 24 students, chosen by lottery, are admitted each academic year. It is required that students complete their courses in two semesters, beginning in the fall of each academic year.

Students who have completed the program can expect to be fully prepared to take the California State Written and Practical Exam to receive their Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) license and take their National Certified Dental Assistant Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Our Dental Assisting Program offers:

You can learn more about the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificate requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you.

There are many career options and paths to take with a dental assisting degree or certificate. People who work in the dental field can often enjoy part time or flexible work hours. Dental assistants are a very important member of any dental team and often experience very high job satisfaction.

Career options

  • Chairside assistant
  • Office administrator
  • Front office assisting
  • X-ray technician
  • Dental product sales representative

Career options with additional education

  • Orthodontic assistant
  • Dental sedation assistant
  • Registered dental hygienist
  • Dentist

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center or contact one of our faculty and staff members. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC.

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

The DVC Dental Assisting Program is approved by the Dental Board of California and accredited by the American Dental Association.

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Contact Dental Assisting

Chair: Colleen Shipp
Telephone: 925-969-2640
Office location: LHS-112 Campus map