With ongoing research linking oral health and general health, the demand for preventive dental services continues to increase,and employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent nationally from 2010 to 2020 (according to the US Department of Labor). At ACC, our Dental Assisting program is designed to help you quickly gain proficiency in dental procedures and techniques as you prepare for a satisfying, in-demand career.
"I went from being a receptionist to working full time as a Dental Assistant, and it's all because of American Career College. My ultimate goal is to become an Orthodontist, but for now, I really enjoy what I'm doing."
The ACC Dental Assisting program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify for an entry-level position as a Dental Assistant. Emphasis is placed on the Registered Dental Assistant practical and written examinations, which you are encouraged to sit for once you have successfully completed the program.
Today's dental assistants play important roles assisting dentists, such as:
ACC's dynamic curriculum can prepare you for Coronal Polish Certification,* Pit and Fissure Certification,* and the requirements necessary to earn a California Radiation Safety Certificate (limited to dental x-ray).
The goal of our program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a dental assistant.
*The Coronal Polish Certificate and Pit and Fissure Certification are awarded by the State of California upon successful completion of the RDA exams and completion of a state approved course. Students must successfully complete coronal polish, pit and fissure, and radiation safety written and practical examinations with a minimum score of 75 percent.
The Dental Assisting program is available at the following campuses:
Most dental assistants work in dentists' offices, performing a wide range of patient, clinical, and laboratory procedures and improving patient awareness of the need for dental services.
At ACC, you will practice a variety of procedures and techniques in a dental laboratory comparable to a modern dental facility. Upon successful completion of the program, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions and may obtain employment in:
A few interesting statistics* about Dental Assistant careers:
This curriculum is divided into learning units called modules. Students are required to complete the Introduction to Healthcare module before beginning the standalone core modules. The final component of the curriculum is a 160-hour externship that will be arranged for you at an appropriate area dental facility. Modules for the ACC Dental Assisting program include:
For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your diploma, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities as an entry-level Dental Assistant. From patient care to record keeping, you will assume the duties of an indispensible contributor to the dental health care community. As a Dental Assistant, your day-to-day responsibilities may include:
A commitment to your career can result in the ongoing development of your skills and increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you start your career, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.
Program lengths vary by schedule and session.
Not all programs are offered at all locations.
Approved by the Dental Board of California. Licensure is required if graduates seek to work as Registered Dental Assistants.
|O*Net Occupation Titles||Soc Code||Links to Occupational Profiles on O*Net|
|Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Orthodontic Assistant, Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Surgical Dental Assistant||31-9091.00||
|On-time Completion Rate (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Los Angeles||Orange County||Ontario||Long Beach||Consolidated Rate|
|Placement Rate Reported to ABHES (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Los Angeles||Orange County||Ontario||Long Beach|
|Median Loan Debt (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Title IV HEA Programs:||$9,454|
Current Estimated Tuition and Fees: $17,017.50
To review the terms and definitions for the chart above, or to see the outcome information for ACC's other programs, and to view state disclosure information, visit: americancareercollege.edu/disclosures.