**Feel free to text Dorothy at (424)558-6877. She will be very happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our program**
Class size is limited to 4 students per session
This basic Dental Assistant course includes the essential training to become an entry-level dental assistant. This training is completed in 6 weeks with 36-48 hours online and/or written home study, with 36 hours of lab, and hands-on training in Dr. Boone’s Dental Office, not a classroom with a dental chair. You will receive four (4) California Dental Board-Approved Certifications: 8-Hour Infection Control, 16-Hour Radiation Safety (you will be able to take X-rays on patients upon graduation), 2-Unit California Dental Practice Act, and CPR. These are the ONLY certifications that you will need and satisfies the California Dental Board Requirements to become a dental assistant.
There are 3 paths to apply to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA):
To qualify for RDA examinations, candidates must:
- Graduate from a Board-approved RDA educational program; or
- Complete at least 15 months (1,280 hours) of satisfactory work experience as a dental assistant with a dentist licensed in one of the states in the United States; or
- Complete a California Department of Education-approved 4-month educational program and 11 months of work experience with a dentist(s) licensed in one of the states of the United States.
Graduate from a Board-approved RDA educational program
This is a long-term 8-10 month program, such as given by UEI, Concorde Career College, American Career College, etc.
Complete at least 15 months (1,280 hours) of satisfactory work experience as a dental assistant
Complete a California Department of Education-approved 4-month educational program and 11 months of work experience
Our course is Path 2. It is designed to qualify you to become an entry-level dental assistant in the shortest amount of time, thus gaining experience while getting paid as you learn.
The only additional course you will need (Path 2 and Path 3) is Coronal Polishing, and this should be completed JUST BEFORE you apply to become an RDA. If you complete this course early, you cannot legally perform Coronal Polishing until you are an RDA. We recommend taking this course just before applying to become an RDA.
Any additional certifications are useless until you have worked in a dental office for 1280 hours and have become an RDA. After you graduate from this Essentials Course you will have the skills necessary to get an entry-level dental assistant job immediately.
OUR PERSPECTIVE ON LONG-TERM VS SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS:
Our school, and we believe almost all short-term schools, use the same college textbook that the long-term schools use. These books are all excellent books, but so much of the information in them is not essential to be qualified for an entry-level DA position. The non-essential material is not in this curriculum. The intent of a short-term school is to prepare the student to meet a dentist’s expectations when they hire an entry-level assistant. Dental Assisting is clearly learned on the job, working with the dentist and team, doing things their way. This is what the dentist likes.
If an individual has the time and money to attend the long-term school, great! They should learn everything needed and then some. It just doesn’t require 9-11 months to learn to be a good entry-level dental assistant. By the end of the 9-11 months, a short-term school student has probably been working 6 or 7 months. Who will be the most experienced and valuable to a dental practice, the new graduate, or the 6 or 7-month experienced assistant? It’s that simple.
We hope this may help some of you. Good luck with your future dental careers!
WHY CHOOSE OUR SHORT-TERM PROGRAM:
- Our Program Director is a dentist and will be available throughout the course.
- You will receive hands-on instruction in a working operatory in a dental office, not a classroom with dental equipment.
- California Dental Board-Approved Certifications
- 6-8 hours weekly online and home study
- 6-8 hours weekly clinical instruction (hands-on training at our dental office)
- Instructor-student ratio during hands-on clinic is 1:4. You will receive personalized instruction to help maximize your knowledge.
- Flexible 6-week schedule
- 4 required certifications issued at completion of this Dental Assistant course. Any other certifications beyond Infection Control, Radiation Safety, California Dental Practice Act, and CPR are unnecessary, an added expense, and unusable until you can become a Registered Dental Assistant
- You will receive Essentials of Dental Assisting in an ebook format for your reference and future preparation for the RDA exam
- You are eligible to sit for the RDA examination upon completion of 1280 hours of work experience AFTER completing a short-term course. See bottom of webpage for requirements: http://www.dbc.ca.gov/applicants/rda/courses.shtml
- California Dental Board-approved instructors
- Upon completion, you are ready to start as an entry-level Dental Assistant.
** Disclaimer– Everyone learns differently. Not everyone is suited for online learning. Some people learn by listening. Some people learn by watching. Since the lecture portion of this program will be computer-based, this course is not appropriate for students preferring a lecture/powerpoint-based format for the academic portion of the course. You can learn the lab and clinical portion easily with our hands-on approach. But the lecture portion is equally as important and the course will be difficult for people preferring a lecture/powerpoint-based format for the academic portion of the course. Honestly, this course will not be for you.**
Two payment options:
- $1800 to be paid in full 14 days before the first class, OR
- $2000 payment plan: $500 down payment to be paid 14 days before the first class, then $300 at the beginning of each class (Class #1-5), starting with Class #1.
$500 non-refundable deposit will be accepted to hold your spot in the course. If class is cancelled due to minimum enrollment, student will receive full refund of tuition.
Our instructors are dedicated to helping you learn as much as possible in 6 short weeks. We will take as much time as necessary to help you understand the profession of dental assisting so you can become an invaluable member of the Dental Team!
- Thomas Boone, DDS
- Vanessa Aguilar, RDA
- Dorothy Pasamba, RDA, OAP
- Jon Nagamine, RDA, OAP
- Paula Rodriguez, OAP