Learn About High Desert Medical College’s Dental Assistant (DA) Program
Your Top FAQs Answered!
Are you interested in training for a career as a dental assistant? High Desert Medical College specializes in training students just like you for healthcare careers, including as dental assistants. Our Dental Assisting program is hands-on and practical, and has been designed to be completed in a short amount of time, so you can start your new career sooner. If you are interested in training for a potential healthcare career, learn more about High Desert Medical College and our Dental Assisting program! Here are your top FAQs about HDMC’s Dental Assisting program answered:
Do I need experience to start the Dental Assisting (DA) program?
No, you do not need any prior medical experience for HDMC’s Dental Assisting (DA) program. Students must have a high school diploma or GED and pass an entrance exam to enroll. (Don’t have a high school diploma? No Problem! Click here to learn about HDMC’s ECPP program!)
How long does it take to complete the Dental Assisting (DA) program?
HDMC’s DA program can be completed in as few as 34 weeks! The morning/afternoon program is 34 weeks when completed at a normal pace, while the evening program is 42 weeks.
When do the next classes for the Dental Assisting (DA) program start?
The DA program at High Desert Medical College is constantly enrolling! New classes start as often as every month.
Is the Dental Assisting (DA) program online or in-person?
The DA program is offered on a hybrid schedule – students complete hands-on learning in on-campus labs while learning classroom theory online. All students also complete an externship placement as well.
Does the Dental Assisting (DA) program include an externship?
The DA program includes an 160-hour Externship in which students receive real-world dental assisting experience in a hands-on setting.
What will I learn in the Dental Assisting (DA) program?
At High Desert Medical College, students learn:
- Dental Anatomy
- Infection Control
- Dental Assistant Procedures
- Chair Side Assisting
- Dental Radiography and Imaging
- Dental Practice Office Management
What do I get when I complete HDMC’s Dental Assisting (DA) program?
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)..
Where do graduates normally work after completing HDMC’s Dental Assisting (DA) program?
Many of HDMC’s DA graduates go on to hold positions in roles including Office Manager, Patient Treatment Coordinator, Dental Biller, Dental Sales Representative, and Dental Lab Technician.
Does High Desert Medical College offer financial aid?
High Desert Medical College offers Financial Aid to those who qualify. HDMC’s Financial Aid Office assists students in applying for any financial aid programs for which they are eligible, and can provide assistance with completing and submitting a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How do I enroll and get started?
Still have questions about High Desert Medical College or our Dental Assisting (DA) program? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! Click here to contact the Admissions department, or call (888) 633-4362. At High Desert Medical College, we are here to help you make your career goals a reality. If you are ready to take the first step towards a career in healthcare, contact High Desert Medical College to learn how to get started today! The Dental Assisting program is enrolling now, and classes begin soon!