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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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Brittany Nichols

Brittany Nichols
Dental Assisting

"Allan Hancock College offers many great courses and programs with flexible hours. I am able to get hands-on training to prepare myself for my future career. My goal is to graduate with a two-year degree and enter a hygienist program."
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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