Dental Assistant


  • CTE Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology
  • CTE Pathway: Patient Care
  • Located at: Pioneer
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Medical Core

Course Description

Dental Assisting is a foundation course that prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as an integral member of the dental healthcare team while performing chairside assisting and related office and laboratory procedures. The course will combine classroom theory with lab and clinical practice to teach dental terminology, dental science, chairside procedures, and radiology. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Radiation Safety Certificate and an Infection Control Certificate recognized by the Dental Board of California. Course includes American Heart Association CPR training.

Integrated throughout the course are standards for Career Ready Practice and Academic Content Standards which include: appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge; communication skills; career planning; applied technology; critical thinking and problem solving; personal health and financial literacy; citizenship, integrity, ethical leadership and effective management; work productively while integrating cultural and global competence; creativity and innovation; reliable research strategies, and environment, social and economic impacts of decisions.