Graduates can have direct patient interaction by working as a chairside dental assistant in a general practice dental office or in any of the other specialty practices including periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics (children’s dentistry), endodontics and prosthodontics. In addition, dental assistants can work in the front office as a receptionist and/or office manager. Other job opportunities include public health educator or administrator, sales representative, continuing education coordinator and/or consultant.
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (55 units)
*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree or certificates.
Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria details, and applications can be found at the Dental Assisting Program website: www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/dentala
• High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
D A 50 Orientation to Dental Assisting (2.5 units)
D A 51A Introduction to Chairside Dental Assisting (9 units)
D A 53A Introduction to Radiography I (3 units)
D A 58 Specialty Practice Procedures (1 unit)
D A 62A Dental Sciences I (2 units)
D A 71 Infection Control & Hazardous Waste Management (1.5 units)
D A 51B Intermediate Clinical Dental Assisting (2 units)
D A 53B Dental Radiography II (2 units)
D A 56 Dental Health Education (1 unit)
D A 57 Office Emergency Procedures (2 units)
D A 60A Dental Office Business Practices I (2 units)
D A 62B Dental Sciences II (2 units)
D A 73 Dental Assisting Supervised Clinic (5.5 units)
D A 51C Advanced Dental Assisting Skills (3.5 units)
D A 53C Dental Radiography III (1 unit)
D A 60B Dental Office Business Practices II (3 units)
D A 62C Dental Sciences III (2 units)
D A 63 Special Patient Populations (1 unit)
D A 74 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice (5.5 units)
D A 85 RDA Review (2 units)
D A 88 Pit & Fissure Sealants (1.5 units)
The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses (general education courses are not required) and the following:
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (Health Care Provider, American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer American Red Cross).
• Completion of ENGL 209 or ESLL 237 & ESLL 236 or equivalent.
• Completion of MATH 230 or equivalent on the mathematics placement test.