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Dental Assisting


Certification is through the California Dental Board. The certifying exam is usually held in August of each year. Upon completion of the dental assisting certificate requirements, students are then eligible to take the California Registered Dental Assistants Exam. This examination consists of two parts, a written and a practical exam. If this examination is successfully passed, students will become Registered Dental Assistants (RDA).


Allan Hancock College boasts a fully-equipped 2,500 sq ft dental clinic and lab. Eight dental operatories are equipped with:

  • Digital radiography equipment
  • Computers loaded with dental practice software
  • Intraoral cameras
  • Extraoral radiography unit

The Dental Lab is well equipped with:

  • Model trimmers
  • Vacuum formers
  • Typodonts 
  • State board testing kits

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Cristal Cervantes

Cristal Cervantes
Dental Assisting

"I decided to attend Allan Hancock College because I've found the training program I need and the schedule is flexible. In the future I would like for my daughter to continue her education at Allan Hancock College."
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Dental AssistingVideo: Dental Assisting student Maricela talks about the real life experience she gets in the program.

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Last Modified Feb 8, 2017