Dental Assisting Program Bakersfield

Do you like helping others? Are you interested in a hands-on medical career? If you are interested in a patient-centered healthcare career, a career as a Dental Assistant could be a great choice for you!

With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 34 weeks!

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At High Desert Medical College, our Dental Assisting program in Bakersfield, is designed to prepare students to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the health care industry. Dental assistants work closely with dentists to provide quality patient care, performing important administrative and clinical tasks to support dental offices. This 34-week program provides students with intensive training emphasizing dental practice office management, dental assistant procedures, chair side assisting, dental anatomy, radiography and Imaging. Students in the Dental Assistant program learn from professional instructors, and receive real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship.

Students in the Dental Assisting program learn how to:

  • Greet patients
  • Assist the dentist or hygienist during exams and treatments
  • Administer X-Rays
  • Take dental impressions
  • Fabricate molds or crowns

    Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Dental Assisting diploma and an X-Ray certification, and are prepared to test for relevant industry certifications, such as through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Dental Assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2020-2030 decade. Employment is projected to grow 11% – faster than the average job ranking. Dental Assistants hold positions in roles including Office Manager, Patient Treatment Coordinator, Dental Biller, Dental Sales Representative, and Dental Lab Technician.
    • Dental Anatomy and Infection Control
    • Dental Assistant Procedures
    • Chair Side Assisting
    • Dental Radiography and Imaging
    • Dental Practice Office Management
    • Clinical Externship

  • Total Weeks in Program: 34 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes | 42 Weeks - Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 33.21
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24
  • Total Clock Hours: 910
  • Classroom Hours: 600
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Homework Hours: 150
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Get to Know our DA Program
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    "It was actually one of my best decisions. The school's really comfortable...they like to make you feel like it's your home, like you're learning something and it really feels like you're going to progress here. There's help everywhere," - Vanessa, DA Student