Program FAQs

What times are classes offered?

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m to  5:00 p.m.(Summer Quarter hours are longer). Program starts Fall and Spring quarters. Summer Quarter registration is required. The printed schedule reflects only lecture time and does not take into account additional required lab time.

Teaching Modality?

Face-to-face, web-enhanced, lecture/lab. Class size: 24 is the cap.

Can the program be taken part-time?


What kinds of jobs can one get?

Entry level chair-side dental assistant, dental front office, private general practice, or a specialty office, dental clinics.

What is the starting salary?

Start with $14-$18/hour with a state average salary of $21/hour.*

What would be job options with only a Cert of Proficiency?

Same options as with an AAS degree.

Are internships required?

Yes. 120 hours in private practice and off-campus clinics; Assistance is provided with placement or student can find a place on their own.

Prepared/Successful Students in this program have ...

Attention to detail, punctuality, good attendance, enjoys working with people, flexibility with time schedules, follow professional industry standards regarding dress code.

What class-supplies, tools, uniforms needed?

The Instrument Issue (purchased through Smart Practice), scrubs and shoes, safety glasses.

What is the program cost?

See the Estimated Program Costs.

Do I need health insurance?

No, but it is recommended.

Is the degree transferable?


Is having a Criminal Record an impediment to getting hired in the industry?

Yes, it could prevent you from getting registered as a dental assistant with the state (RDA).

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

Not recommended by faculty.