Dental Assisting

Train to Work as a Dental Assistant

SJVC’s Dental Assisting program trains students in all aspects of working with a dentist, including patient care, and office and laboratory duties. Our balance of hands-on experience and classroom instruction prepares students with the dental assisting skills and related theory they’ll need to perform on the job as a dental assistant in California. Whether you use your training for a career chairside or in an administrative capacity, you are well prepared at the program’s completion.

Dental Assisting Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Our Dental Assisting students learn:

  • Dental anatomy and radiology
  • Dental software
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Dental practice management
  • Coronal polishing

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Dental Assisting students include:

Orientation to Dentistry
This course focuses on the study of basic principles of microbiology, embryology and morphology as they relate to the oral environment and dentistry. Nutrition from a whole body concept and its interrelated effects on dental health and an introduction to standard infection control procedures will be covered in this course. Procedures of the Dental Healthcare Professional (DHCP) will be introduced in a simulated laboratory setting.

Dental Anatomy and Patient Management
Emphasis of this course is on the basic study of the anatomy of the head and neck, blood supply of the head and neck and innervation of the teeth. This course also provides the theory as well as hands- on-approach to medical and dental emergencies. Emphasis is given to step-by-step procedures performed by the Dental Healthcare Professional (DHCP) and will be performed on typodonts in a laboratory setting, in a pre-clinical setting on patients and clinical observation of dental practice management in an extramural facility. This course will also present principles and practices of infection control, OSHA regulations, law and ethics, practice management and communication.

Preventative Clinical Procedures
This course presents the principles of preventive dentistry including coronal polish and pit and fissure sealants. Instruction in applicable oral anatomy, histology, physiology, oral pathology as well as normal and abnormal anatomical and physiological tooth descriptions will be covered. Students will be required to perform coronal polish and place pit and fissure sealants on laboratory typodonts as well as clinical patients. Emphasis is given to step-by- step procedures performed by the Dental Healthcare Professional (DHCP) and will be performed on typodonts in a laboratory and pre- clinical setting, on patients, and clinical observation of dental practice management in an extramural facility. This course will also present principles and practices of infection control, OSHA regulations, law and ethics, practice management, and communication. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Our Dental Assisting students can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 11 months.

Graduates also earn certifications in CPR, Infection Control, HIPAA, Dental Radiation Safety, Coronal Polish and Pit & Fissure Sealant. Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Board of California Examination for State Licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

The Dental Board of California publishes institutional pass rate information.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Dental Assisting program is available at the following campuses:

Career Opportunities

Our Dental Assisting program provides graduates for a career that offers many work environment options. As a dental assistant or dental office employee, you can expect to perform the following job duties:

  • Provide chairside assistance to the dentist
  • Take dental impressions
  • Coronal polish and fluoride treatments
  • Expose and process X-rays
  • Practice infection control procedures
  • Apply pit and fissure sealants

Accreditation and Approvals

The SJVC Dental Assisting program is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Board of California.

Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Ste. 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2300 | http://www.dbc.ca.gov 

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000
Crystal.VanderTuig@sjvc.edu

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.