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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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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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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