Get to Know our Dental Assisting Program, with our Featured Student Spotlight Series

We know you have choices when it comes to choosing a school for your dental assistant training. Why should you choose High Desert Medical College? HDMC offers you a supportive community culture, practical, skill-based training, and career placement assistance. Students come to HDMC for focused career training programs, achievable in a short amount of time, and designed to prepare graduates with the competitive skills needed to confidently enter the job market. Check out these Student Spotlights, featuring HDMC dental assisting students Alexus Lopez, Malynn Stepp, and Christina Leal, to learn more about HDMC, our 34-week Dental Assisting diploma program, and why so many students just like you choose HDMC for their healthcare career training. Get to know us better, with this edition of our Featured Student Spotlight Series.  


Alexus Lopez, Dental Assisting program, HDMC Bakersfield (p.m. class)

Alexus Lopez is a student at HDMC Bakersfield in the Dental Assisting program. First attracted to HDMC because the dental program could be completed in a short amount of time, Alexus recently said, “I (am) able to say for the first time in my life that I enjoy going to school. I’m entirely proud of myself for making the decision to join the Dental assisting program but I am more grateful than ever to be learning from the best and I cannot wait to grow within the dental field.’’ 

Alexus’ Bakersfield instructor, Adriana Mendoza, nominated Alexus for the Student Spotlight. Mendoza described Alexus as “…Goal-oriented, Driven and Determined’’ and noted that Alexus gives it all when it comes to her education. Mendoza said, “Alexus demonstrated that with determination, adaptivity would follow. She has proven that no matter how difficult the situation may present, it can be done with perseverance and determination! I am honored to be her instructor and to be part of her journey to a life changing career!”


Malynn Stepp, Dental Assisting program, HDMC Bakersfield (a.m. class)

Malynn Stepp attends the a.m. Dental Assisting program at HDMC Bakersfield, also with instructor Adriana Mendoza. Malynn chose HDMC for her dental assisting training after touring the HDMC campus. According to Malynn, ‘’The reason I picked HDMC is because from the moment I walked onto the campus I felt this energy on campus that caught my attention very fast…  when I met my teacher and my classmates I knew this was the school (for) me and I still believe that today and I’m so glad I chose HDMC to further my education.’’ 

Instructor Adriana Mendoza nominated Malynn for the Featured Student Spotlight series due to her dedication, work ethic, and positive attitude. Mendoza said, “I would describe Malynn as ‘Dedicated, Happy and Adaptable.’ Malynn drives about 45 minutes to be on campus. And despite her far commute, she is a cheerful and driven student. She is great on helping others and a great team player. She has demonstrated that dedication will push you through and make you successful. Thank you Malynn for all your hard work!”


Christina Leal, Dental Assisting program, HDMC Temecula

A single mother of two, Christina Leal chose HDMC for her dental assistant training after speaking with a friend who was enrolled at HDMC. According to Christina, “I chose HDMC because I had a friend who started attending for a phlebotomist course to add to her credentials. She spoke highly of the school and recommended I try my dental course here. I’m glad I did because Mrs. Lorena Cardenas exceeded any expectations I had and was the one person who truly helped me every single step of the way. Words can not express how truly grateful I am to have had her be my teacher.” 

Instructor Lorena Cardenas thinks highly of Christina as well, describing her as “Determined, Adaptable and Selfless.” Cardenas nominated Christina for the Student Spotlight, saying “From day one she expressed passion and interest in the dental field… Christina has a very pleasant personality and gets along with everyone she meets and is always helping others.” Instructor Cardenas noted Christina’s perseverance, even when tasks were difficult. According to Cardenas, “…when she was learning how to take x-rays… she didn’t understand the angulations and the difference in techniques. Despite her frustration, she was very patient and would ask the same question until she understood the techniques. Now she does amazing on her x-rays and techniques; this just shows her passion, her drive, her patience and her perseverance.” Cardenas continued on to praise Christina further, saying, “I am glad I was able to be her Instructor and (she) will be very successful in the dental field.”

At HDMC, students in the Dental Assisting program learn to perform important administrative and clinical tasks to support dental offices, including dental practice office management, dental assistant procedures, chair side assisting, dental anatomy, radiography and imaging. HDMC’s Dental Assistant program can be completed in as few as 34 weeks, and 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).

After completing their program, HDMC graduates enter the job market with confidence, thanks to the support of HDMC’s Career Services department. High Desert Medical College is committed to assisting our program graduates in the pursuit of stable, rewarding employment, and the Career Services department provides every student with a wide range of career support services, including resume writing assistance, job searching and networking, interviewing skills, and comprehensive job placement assistance. While the school cannot guarantee employment upon graduation, HDMC instructors and Career Services staff consistently seek to assist students with employment opportunities prior to and after graduation. At HDMC we are committed to offering both a quality educational experience, and individualized job placement assistance, so graduates can utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained to successfully enter their chosen career fields.

Students like Alexus, Malynn, and Christina choose HDMC for their Dental Assistant training because HDMC’s program is focused, achievable in a short amount of time, and provides the competitive skills needed for today’s job market. Why should you choose HDMC for your dental assisting training? Come to HDMC for a focused Dental Assistant training program that can be achieved in a short amount of time, a supportive community culture, and hands-on competitive skills training. With HDMC, you can gain the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you need to enter the healthcare field with confidence. If you are ready to take the next step towards your dental assisting career, High Desert Medical College is here to help you make it happen! Call 888-633-4362 or click here to get started today!

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