Dental Assistant

OVERVIEW
CAREERS
DISCLOSURE
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OVERVIEW

Why Should You Become a Dental Assistant?

Dentist and his assistant preparing equipment for dental surgery.

Dental Assistant jobs are on the rise! As of May 2016, the annual mean salary for Dental Assistants in California was $39,150, and job growth is expected to increase by 18% through 2024!* If you would enjoy providing patient care, taking x-rays, scheduling appointments, and more, then this is the perfect career choice for you!

In as little as 10 months, CBD College's Dental Assistant program will provide you with the training, knowledge, and skills necessary to start working side-by-side assisting Dentists in dental offices and clinics.

Today's Dental Assistants are responsible for many important tasks, including: 

  • Preparing patients for treatments and procedures

  • Processing x-rays and completing lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist

  • Sterilizing dental instruments

  • Helping dentists by handing them instruments during procedures

  • Instructing patients in proper oral hygiene

  • Scheduling patient appointments

  • Working with patients on billing and payment

At CBD College, we have day and night classes available to meet our busy students’ needs. We know it’s hard to earn a degree when you may also be juggling a job and a family, so we do what we can to make it easier for you with our flexible class schedules. CBD offers a state-of-the art Dental Assistant lab that rivals that of any modern medical setting; dedicated faculty and staff; advanced, hands-on training; personalized, one-on-one tutoring; and employment assistance. At no extra cost to you, CBD will continue to offer employment assistance for the entire duration of your career, long after you’ve graduated!

Pending approval by the Dental Board of California, graduates will receive their dental radiography license, coronal polishing certificate, pit and fissure sealant certificate, infection control certificate, CPR certification, and 2-hour Dental Practice Act Certificate, and will qualify to take the California Registered Dental Assistant exam to become a Registered Dental Assistant.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants

CAREERS

Dental Assistants are in Demand!

  • As of May 2016 the annual mean salary for Dental Assistants in California was $31,950*

  • Job growth is expected to increase 18% through 2024!*

  • As the baby boomer population ages and people keep more of their original teeth than previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental assistants.

What do Dental Assistants Do? 

Today's Dental Assistants are responsible for many important tasks, including: 

  • Preparing patients for treatments and procedures

  • Processing x-rays and completing lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist

  • Sterilizing dental instruments

  • Helping dentists by handing them instruments during procedures

  • Instructing patients in proper oral hygiene

  • Scheduling patient appointments

  • Working with patients on billing and payment 

Why Choose the Dental Assistant Program at CBD?

  • Only 4 days a week: Monday - Thursday (10:00 am - 3:00 pm) 

  • Advanced hands on training in our state-of-the art Dental Lab

  • Wide variety of Externship opportunities

  • Dedicated Faculty and Staff

  • Employment Assistance

  • Federal Financial Aid available to those who qualify

  • Personalized/1-on-1 tutoring

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm 

DISCLOSURE

Dental Assistant Program Disclosure

Dental Assistant Program | CBD College | Los Angeles

The Dental Assistant Program at CBD College is in the process of applying for RDA approval with the Dental Board of California. Any graduates who complete the program prior to Dental Board of California RDA Approval would be required to qualify for the State Board RDA examination through the work experience pathway.

According to The California Dental Practice Act Business and Professionals Code 1752.1 Section 3 a,b,c regarding the work experience pathway to the state board exam, “For individuals applying on or after January 1, 2010, evidence of completion of satisfactory work experience of at least 15 months as a dental assistant in California or another state and satisfactory performance on a written and practical examination. For purposes of this section “satisfactory work experience” means performance of the duties specified in section 1750.1 in a competent manner as determined by the employing dentist, who shall certify to such satisfactory work experience in the application. The board shall give credit toward the work experience referred to in this section to persons who have graduated from a dental assisting program in a postsecondary institution approved by the Department of Education or in a secondary institution, regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, that are not, however, approved by the board pursuant to subdivision (a). The credit shall equal the total weeks spent in classroom training and internship on a week-for-week basis. The board in cooperation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, shall establish the minimum criteria for the curriculum of non-board approved programs”.

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