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Dental Assistant Diploma Program

San Bernardino, 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.


Train to Assist Chairside During Dental Procedures

  • Learn the foundations of dental care 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.*

Program Overview

With Concorde, you can learn the skills needed to be the person dental practices rely on to keep things running smoothly. The hands-on training from taking x-rays to dental impressions, will help prepare you for a career in the dental field.

As part of your training you will prepare to obtain your CPR and radiation safety certificates.

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


Now Enrolling

Concorde's San Bernardino campus is seeking dedicated students who want to:

  • Learn to help dentists and dental hygienists deliver quality care and maintain office operations
  • Prepare for career opportunities in private practices, clinics, cosmetic dentistry, and more
  • Complete the diploma in as few as 10-months*

Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session to explore if the dental assistant 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 dental assistants 2021-2031 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

8%**

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)

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 North Hollywood’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 perform infection control.

  • 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

A Career with Smiles

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.

  • Work Alongside Dentists & Hygienists
  • Assist Chairside During Patient Exams & Procedures
  • Prepare & Take Patient X-Rays
  • Manage and Schedule Patient Appointments
  • Collect and Record Patient Records
  • Prepare & Sanitize Instruments & Care Spaces

8%**

Projected national job demand for dental assistants 2021-2031

Dental Assisting Growth

Job demand for dental assistants is projected to grow as more patients seek dental care and clinics expand.

      **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for dental assistants 2021-2031 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.
      • 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

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