About the Program

The Dental Assistant Program offers a curriculum that prepares the students to successfully pass the Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Board Examination. In addition, students are well prepared to become skilled registered dental assistants, ready for employment as integral members of a dental team.

Apply to the Program Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Admission, Length and Completion Award

The program requires a full-time commitment for 10 consecutive months that includes the fall and spring semester and winter session.

Each year, up to 24 candidates, including up to 5 candidates for the DA-DH Bridge program, are randomly selected to begin the Dental Assistant program in the fall semester. Dental Assistants, Registered Dental Assistants and graduates from other dental assistant programs are not eligible for the DA-DH Bridge program.

Upon program completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to take CDA and RDA exams.

Program Goals

  1. Maintain Compliance with the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Dental Practice Act of California.
  2. Provide a quality, equitable dental assistant curriculum that prepares the student to complete the National Certification Exam (CDA) and California State Registered Dental Assistant Exam (RDA) successfully.
  3. Maintain proficient dental assistant faculty and staff to ensure a high quality, equitable educational program.
  4. Prepare the student for dental assisting employment as an integral member of the dental health team.

Virtual Tour

The easiest way to envision yourself on campus is to take a virtual tour.

Take a virtual tour of the Dental Education Center
Take a virtual tour of MVC's Dental Education Center.


Course Schedule

The Dental Assistant program is a 33 unit, three-term course. Students may choose to complete a certificate program which does not include any general education requirements, or take additional units to earn an associate degree. A full-time student can complete core program coursework across fall, winter and spring.

Dental Assistant (DEA) courses are not transfer-eligible to the UC or CSU systems. For more information, refer to the most recent College Catalog.

  • DEA-10+ (4.5 units) Introduction to Dental Assisting & Chairside Assisting
  • DEA-20 (2 units) Infection Control for Dental Assistants
  • DEA-21 (2.5 units) Introduction to Radiology for Dental Assistants
  • DEA-22 (1.5 units) Introduction to Supervised Externships
  • DEA-23 (3 units) Introduction to Dental Sciences
  • DEA-24 (2 units) Dental Materials for Dental Assistants
  • DEA-30 (2 units) Intermediate Chairside Dental Assisting
  • DEA-31 (1 unit) Radiology for Dental Assistants Intermediate
  • DEA-32 (1 unit) Supervised Externships
  • DEA-40A (3.5 units) Advanced Chairside Dental Assisting in Surgery
  • DEA-40B (2 units) Chairside Dental Assisting in Orthodontics
  • DEA-40C (6 units) Advanced Chairside Dental Assisting in Restorative Dentistry
  • DEA-41 (2 units) Dental Office Management

Program Costs

All expenses are approximate, not necessarily all-inclusive and are subject to change.

  1. Uniforms/scrubs/gowns: $100-$200 for the program.
  2. Books and supplies: $400-$500 for the program.
  3. Health Services fee: $20 per term.
  4. Student Fees: $40 for the program.
  5. Enrollment fee: $46 per unit.
  6. Students must have current CPR card (BLS Healthcare Provider Course). If the CPR card expires prior to completing the program, re-certification is required. This must be a "hands-on course." Online courses do not qualify.
  7. Malpractice insurance and student membership through ADAA : $45 through duration of program
  8. Background check and drug screening: $100

Program Outcomes




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