Dental Assistant

Contact Hours:
890
Semester Credits:
30.5
Instructional Weeks – Full Time:
38
Average Time to Complete – Full Time:
10 Months

Diploma Program

Program Overview

This program is designed to provide the graduate with necessary skills for entry-level employment as a chairside Dental Assistant and front office Dental Assistant. This program is approved by the Dental Board of California. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to sit for the written and practical California State Board Examination to become a Registered Dental Assistant. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Program Objectives

  • Perform administrative duties and chairside assisting, advise patients on dental care as directed by the dentist, and respond to medical emergencies (CPR).
  • Utilize proper sterilization techniques and infection control procedures as required by OSHA.
  • Utilize principles of dental radiology to position, expose, process, and mount dental radiographs.
  • Comply with the California Dental Practice Act and perform all dental assisting procedures allowed under the Dental Practice Act.
  • Perform coronal polishing of the teeth and ultrasonic scaling in an orthodontic setting to remove cement around bands.
  • Sit for the State Board Examination to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and consequently perform RDA functions in the dental office.

*These courses are offered online.

**A portion of these courses are offered online.

This applies to students starting on or after December 16, 2020

Diploma Program

800 Contact Hours

27.5 Semester Credits

36 Instructional Weeks – Full Time

Average Time to Complete - 8 Months

Course #
Course Title
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Theory Hours
(Ground/Online)
Lab Hours
(Ground/Online)
Externship Hours
(Ground/Online)
Semester Credit Hours
Total
320
320
160
27.5

**A portion of these courses are offered online.