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Dental Assisting

Turn your passion to help others into your career and train to become a Dental Assistant! Ongoing research links oral health to general health, and the demand for preventative dental services continues to increase. Earning your diploma to be a Dental Assistant will give you the chance to help and care for others in an industry that is expected to grow by 16.5% from 2016 to 2026 (California Employment Development Department). 

Jump on the fast-track to success! Our accelerated Dental Assisting training program allows you to earn your diploma in as little as 10 months. Emphasis is placed on the Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) practical and written examinations, which you are encouraged to sit for once you have successfully completed the school’s program.

If you’re ready to help patients, young and old, feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair, consider training to become a Dental Assistant at American Career College. At ACC, our Dental Assisting courses are designed to help you quickly gain proficiency in dental procedures and techniques as you prepare for a satisfying, in-demand career. Our program is also RDA approved!

  • Overview
  • Careers After I Graduate
  • What Will I Learn?
  • What Will I Do?

Dental Assisting Program Overview

Do you enjoy helping others and have an interest in the field of healthcare? Working as a Dental Assistant can help you, help others by establishing working relationships with your patients and enabling them to realize the importance of oral health.

The American Career College Dental Assisting program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify for a position as a Dental Assistant.

Today's Dental Assistants play many of these important roles:

  • Instructing patients in proper dental hygiene
  • Preparing materials
  • Sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Gathering patient dental records

The class curriculum at ACC can prepare you for Coronal Polish Certification,* Pit and Fissure Certification,* and the requirements necessary to earn a California Radiation Safety Certificate (limited to dental X-ray).

Our focus is on you, and your success!

The goal of our College is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications you will need to begin your career as a Dental Assistant and qualify as a RDA.

Our faculty members care about their communities and are passionate about teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals.

ACC is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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*The Coronal Polish Certificate and Pit and Fissure Certification are awarded by the State of California upon successful completion of the RDA exams and completion of a state approved course. Students must successfully complete coronal polish, pit and fissure, and radiation safety written and practical examinations with a minimum score of 75 percent.

Careers After I Graduate

Dental Assistants are primarily found in dental offices, but there are many other dental career options for you to consider. No matter the setting, you will assist and care for others by performing a wide range of clinical, laboratory, and patient procedures.  At American Career College, we are focused on providing you with real-world skills and hands-on experience. You will practice a variety of procedures and techniques in a dental laboratory, comparable to a modern dental facility, while learning in a collaborative and open classroom environment.

 Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting program, you will be prepared to provide quality care to patients, and can expect to qualify for entry-level positions in the following healthcare facilities.

  • Dentists' Offices
  • Public Health Facilities
  • Hospital Dental Departments
  • Dental Clinics
  • Orthodontists' Offices
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Schools/Universities
  • Clinics
  • Dental Supplier Companies        

 A few interesting statistics* about Dental Assistant careers:

  • Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 16.5% from 2016 to 2026.
  • Dentists will continue to hire more Dental Assistants to assist and complete tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and spend their time on complex procedures.
  • As the baby-boom population ages and people keep more of their original teeth than previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental assistants.

Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC's health care training programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:

  • White Plus Dental
  • Melrose Family Dentistry
  • Smile Select Dental
  • Bright Now Dental
  • Perfectly Bright Smile
  • United Dental Group
  • Kids Dental Place Corporate Office
  • Bloomfield Dental Center

*California Employment Development Department


What Will I Learn

The Dental Assisting curriculum is divided into learning units called modules. Each core module stands alone and is not dependent upon previous training. Upon successful completion of the classroom and laboratory training, the ACC curriculum then provides you with hands-on experience through a 160-hour externship that will be arranged for you at an appropriate dental facility.

Class Modules for the American Career College Dental Assisting program include:

  • Fundamentals of Dental Assisting – Course material in this module examines the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck as it relates to the practice of dentistry. You will also be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of various members of the dental health team and the expected levels of professionalism in this profession.
  • Science of Dentistry – In these courses, you will be introduced to the basic concepts and principles of microbiology as it pertains to dentistry. Special emphasis will be placed on the proper methods and ramifications of infection control issues including OSHA regulations and the disease transmission process. Periodontics theory and practice will also be addressed.
  • Restorative Dentistry/Pharmacology – Coursework in this module is designed to introduce you to various materials and instrumentation. You will be exposed to the use and care of the Caries Detection Device. Pharmacology and drugs as they relate to dentistry will also be discussed.
  • Laboratory Procedures/Prosthodontics – This module is designed to analyze programs and procedures for meeting the needs of diverse populations. You will be exposed to and practice with a variety of impression materials as well as producing primary impressions. Theory and practice of permanent and removable prosthodontics will also be presented.
  • Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics – Theory and practice in orthodontics will be introduced in these courses. Emphasis is placed on both the preventive and restorative techniques in pediatric/operative dentistry.
  • CPR/Preventive Dentistry – In this module, you will be exposed to the principles and practices of preventing and controlling dental disease with emphasis on nutrition and plaque control. You will receive basic training in standard first aid and in recognizing and dealing with medical emergencies. Exposure to sealant materials in the field of preventive dentistry will also be discussed.
  • Endodontics/Radiography – Basic principles of dental radiology are the focus of these courses. Emphasis will be placed on operation of the x-ray equipment, safety practices, mounting and evaluation of dental films. Once you have fulfilled the necessary program requirements, you will receive a state certificate to perform x-rays in the dental office.
  • Oral Surgery/Anesthetics – These courses are designed to introduce you to surgical procedures performed in dentistry. You will also be exposed to the various methods and techniques of anesthesia.
  • Dental Assisting School Externship – Under the direct supervision of qualified personnel at your school externship site, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills presented and practiced throughout the training program. You will be evaluated by supervisory personnel, and those evaluations will be placed in your permanent student record.

For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.

What Will I Do as a Dental Assistant

Once you have completed your American Career College training, you will be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities as an entry-level Dental Assistant. From patient care to record keeping, you will become an important part of the dental health care community.

As a Dental Assistant, your day-to-day responsibilities may include:

  • Processing X-rays and doing lab tasks under the direction of a dentist
  • Preparing materials for use
  • Establishing relationships with staff and patients
  • Assisting in dental procedures
  • Assisting and caring for others
  • Instructing patients in proper dental hygiene
  • Working in a hands-on environment
  • Sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Gathering patient dental records
  • Preparing the work area for patient treatment
  • Keeping records of dental treatments
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Working with patients on billing and payment

As an ACC graduate, you'll be on your way to the next steps in your career as a Dental Assistant!

During and after your program, our dedicated Career Services team can help you in finding the job* you’ve been dreaming of.  Even after you start your career, our Career Services team will continue to provide you with the resources, support and assistance you may need to keep your career on track.

*American Career College cannot guarantee employment.

"I went from being a receptionist to working full time as a Dental Assistant, and it's all because of American Career College. My ultimate goal is to become an Orthodontist, but for now, I really enjoy what I'm doing."

Tammy R. Dental Assistant Graduate
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