Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

Program Overview

Approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners, this two-semester (fall and spring) program provides technical skills needed for employment in a dental office. The student develops skills to participate as a member of the dental health team in general chairside and specialty procedures, office management and x-ray techniques.

Application Procedure

To apply to the Dental Assisting Program, you must submit a complete application packet with your unofficial AHC transcripts proving the completion of ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or in progress of taking that class at time of submission of the application. Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. Upon receipt of your application packet, you will be placed in a randomized lottery and assigned a position.  26 students are excepted into the program every year.  A waitlist will be maintained up until the mandatory orientation (mid-July) and will not roll over to the following year.

Fall semester courses total 16 units and spring courses total 15.5 units and include a 240-hour internship in dental offices.

Estimated Program Costs PDF

Contact

Health Sciences Department, Building M (RM-M132)
Tawnya Karstrom, Program Technician
805-922-6966 ext. 3384
tawnya.karstrom@hancockcollege.edu

Hours

September through May
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June through August (Summer Hours)
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Ashley Pickard

Ashley Pickard
Dental Assisting

"In ten month's time I've gained the knowledge and skills to provide myself with a new, fun and interesting career in the dental assisting field. I've had instructors who are in the field and it really helped me to become prepared and know what's expected of me when I start at an office. I'm excited about the dental program: it took me from being stuck at a career roadblock to having almost endless career opportunities."
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Video: Dental assisting students Nyubicela and Tiffani talk about the high quality of the program.

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Last Modified Sep 29, 2014