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Certificate in Dental Assisting

Dental Assistant Training in California and Washington

The growing trend in dental care is for increased use of dental assistants, allowing dentists to provide more specialized patient care. The Certificate in Dental Assisting program at Charter College can help you prepare to enter this field.

Dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists performing a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. Responsibilities may include sterilizing and disinfecting instruments and equipment, preparing and laying out materials, taking dental x-rays and processing x-ray film. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist. Dental assistants perform a different role than dental hygienists who are licensed to perform different clinical tasks.

Graduates of the Dental Assistant program are prepared for entry-level employment in dental settings with job titles that include Chairside Dental Assistant and Dental X-Ray Technician. Pursue a new career in dental assisting. Contact Charter College today.

Program Highlights:

  • Didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in chair-side assisting procedures
  • Infection control and treatment procedures
  • Basic training in front office procedures
  • 180-hour externship at a local dentist office or clinic 

Program Length:

10 months*  

Charter College offers a flexible year-round schedule. Classes enrolling now. Offered at Charter College campuses in Canyon Country, Lancaster, Oxnard, Fife, Pasco, and Vancouver.

*Students must meet admissions requirements noted in the Catalog & Student Handbook.