12-Week Dental Assistant Program
We offer a 12-week dental assistant program. Currently on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30 P.M – 9:30 P.M. But what does the program look like? Moreover, what will you be learning in those 12 weeks?
Your Responsibilities as A Committed Student
But I have to stop the party bus really quick! Before we move on any further, we must disclose the following.
First, each student must obtain a High School Diploma or GED to enroll. Secondly, students are required to take and pass 8 quizzes, one written/lab midterm and one written/lab final exam. Then, each student must have a cumulative score of 75% or higher to pass. Lastly, each student is encouraged to obtain 40 hours of internship in a working dental office while attending this course.
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Dental Assistant Program – Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a high-quality educational experience to each enrolled student. Furthermore, our goal is to have our students acquire specialized knowledge and skills to performing the duties of a Dental Assistant.
Dental Assisting Program – Main Pillars
The Five main pillars that make up our Dental Assisting Program.
- Dental Assisting
- Pit & Fissure Sealants
- Coronal Polishing
- California State Radiation Certification
- Infection Control
Dr. Kelly Smudde, of Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, designed the program. Equally important, she designed this program knowing what dentists look for in Dental Assistants. This program aims to train students for an entry level position in a dental office.
The graduate will be able to assist the doctor, sterilize instruments, and gain a working knowledge of the modern-day dental office.
Pit & Fissure Sealants
A sealant is a protective plastic coating. Sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. Further, the sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth. Thus preventing decay. You will receive a certificate upon completing the program.
Students will be taught how to use a rotary instrument. This instrument is used to remove and prevent plaque buildup on the surfaces of teeth. You will receive a certificate upon completing the program.
Recently, we have added infection control to our program. Students will be taught how to maintain a clean workstation. It’s our responsibility to ensure patients are healthy and safe. Further, by preventing the spread of infectious diseases you are also keeping yourself and other staff members safe and healthy as well.
California State Radiation Certificate
Once you pass the program you will receive a California State Radiation Certificate.
Dental Assistant’s will obtain a CPR Certificate.
Dental Assistant Program – Classes
Here are some of the things you will learn during class.
First, and probably not too shocking, you will learn about the introduction to the dental field. Later, you will learn about dental emergencies and charting. Some classes will cover composites and classifications. Then, other classes will focus on prosthodontics, cements crown, bridge, and implants. In addition, you will be touching on the four main pillars we just finished discussing, most of these will have live patients.
Remember we want you to be ready to find a job and be able to assist dentists.
Dental Assistant Program – Conclusion
You are one step closer to becoming a Dental Assistant! There’s probably a few more things you need. For example, what does an actual class syllabus look like? What does our school look like? Another pretty important question you might have is, how much will this cost?
You can always contact us here, or you can send us a text at 661-799-9562. We also give tours all the time to students and/or potential students. You can book a tour and see our practice and school. You’ll get to meet some of our team members, some of them are graduates from our school.
If you’re wondering how much employers are paying dental assistants, how in demand this field is or how the future growth of the industry looks like, check out this page!