Dental Assisting

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 is designed to prepare students to enter a dental career in the healthcare 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 and X-ray Certification upon completion of the program.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Dental Assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2021-2031 decade. Employment is projected to grow 8% – 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: 34.56
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24.17
  • Total Clock Hours: 780
  • Classroom Hours: 620
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
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