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Program Highlight – Dental Assisting

November 14, 2011

Dental AssistingThere aren’t too many professions that are growing at a faster rate than Dental Assisting*, so if you’re thinking about a career in dentistry, the Dental Assistant program at Carrington College California is a great place to start.

Dental Assistants are valuable members of a dental team because of the wide variety of duties they perform. As well as assisting chair-side during dental procedures and exams, they also perform a range of patient care, administration and laboratory tasks; duties that require good technical and people skills.

Our Dental Assisting program culminates in either a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Science degree.  Students learn
patient preparation, charting, and office administration functions, and gain hands-on experience through laboratory and classroom sessions. They can also participate in a clinical externship in a real dental facility off campus.

The Carrington College California Dental Assisting program prepares our graduates for the California Dental Board Exam for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant^; it also includes preparation to earn the necessary X-ray license and coronal polish certificate.

Our Dental Assisting program provides students with the training they need to help them succeed in a Dental Assisting career; it is
available at all nine of our Carrington College California campus locations –AntiochCitrus HeightsEmeryvillePomonaPleasant
SacramentoSan JoseSan Leandro, and Stockton.

Find out more by about this program by talking to a Carrington College California Enrollment Services Representative at 1.877.204.4718, or by visiting

For comprehensive consumer information, visit

* According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics (BLS) 1, the employment of Dental Assistants will grow 36% from 2008 to 2018, and that is much faster than the average for all occupations. 

**License requirements vary by state.

^Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Program availability varies by location.