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Dental Assistant Diploma Program

Garden Grove, CA

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

Dental Assistants can make a  real difference for a patient when they visit the dentist. Whether welcoming clients with a smile, maintaining the back-office or assisting the dentist in a procedure; a dental assistant can help put a smile on everyone's face.


Program Overview

  • Learn the foundations of dental care and front office operations in this diploma program.
  • Curriculum includes an externship so you gain real-world experience.
  • Complete your diploma in as few as ten-months of study.*

Career Overview

Dental assistants do a little of everything in the dental office. From updating patient records to sterilizing instruments and assisting during procedures, their role is versatile, fast-paced, and can make a real difference in the lives of patients. With Concorde, you can be ready to pursue a dental assistant career in months, not years.*

This California Dental Board-approved program prepares you to sit for the written and practical California State Board Examination to become a Registered Dental Assistant after graduation.


Take the Next Step Now

Does the idea of a career as a dental assistant make you smile? Contact Concorde Garden Grove today to learn if our diploma program is right for you!

 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.
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.
ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 

10* Mo

Program Length

11%**

National Employment Demand (2020-2030)

27.5

Credit Hours

320

Lab Hours

Get Started

Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

Concorde Garden Grove’s dental assistant diploma teaches foundational concepts of dentistry, including anatomy, physiology and the different dental specialties. You’ll learn to take impressions, assist during procedures, and how to keep the front office operating efficiently.

  • Introduction to Dental Assisting & Dental Terminology
  • Dental Specialties
  • Materials & Procedures
  • Patient Care & Management
  • Diagnostics & Orthodontics
  • Dental Radiology
  • Infection Control
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Pit & Fissure Sealant

The dental assistant program includes an externship where you will gain hands-on experience working along side dentists, hygienists and other healthcare professionals. 

The diploma program can be completed in as few as ten-months.*

 

 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
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.
ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 

Career Outlook

Job growth for dental assistants should rise along with overall demand for dental care.

     
    **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

    Financial Aid

    As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

     


    Pacific Dental Services Foundation

     

     

    The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is proud to offer the "Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship”. Named after Dr. Carolyn Ghazal and her heart for service, the scholarship aims to mold the next generation of passionate, servant-hearted, dental assistant leaders. This scholarship provides need-based financial aid, mentorship and on the job training.

    Scholarships are awarded based on application excellence, financial need and a heart for service. Need-based financial aid, covered by the scholarship will be awarded not to exceed $5,000.

    To apply for consideration please ask your financial aid office or DA program director for more information.

    Award Amount:  $5,000

    Scholarship Deadlines:

    • February 1st
    • May 1st
    • August 1st
    • November 1st

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 

    • Currently Enrolled in a Concorde Assistant Diploma Program with Concorde's Garden Grove campus.
    • See application for full eligibility requirements
    • For additional consideration, create a short video answering the essay questions, upload to Instagram™ with #pdsfscholarship and tag @pdsfoundation. State full name and school in video.
    • Click here to see "how-to apply" video
    ***Scholarship selection is through a third-party, Concorde does not guarantee award or eligibility. Application for scholarship does not guarantee enrollment or graduation into Concorde, nor employment and subsequent salary by any party including Pacific Dental.
    Scholarship Application

    Accreditation

    Accreditation and licensure are an important part of an academic institution’s operation. Visit our Accreditations and Licensure page for more details about our accreditations and licensure.

    FAQ

    Dental Assistant Program FAQ

    Frequently asked questions and answers related to this campus.

    3 Questions
    The Dental Assistant Program at Concorde can be completed in as little as 9 months. However, program length can vary by campus. Please check with an admissions advisor for program length information.
    For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.
    Call us to find out when the Dental Assistant Program starts at a Concorde campus location near you. Program start dates can also be found in the campus catalog located at www.Concorde.edu.

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