Dental Assisting, AS, College of San Mateo

AS Dental Assisting

CSM’s Dental Assisting program is a two semester program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program provides a comprehensive education in clinical dental assisting as preparation to sit for both the State (Registered Dental Assistant) and National (Certified Dental Assisting ) examinations. Clinical experience is arranged at the Schools of Dentistry of the University of the Pacific, and in various dental offices in local area.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be able to:

  1. Legally sit for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) licensing examination for the State of
  2. Legally sit for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) licensing examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
  3. Follow the continuing education (CE) procedures necessary to maintain current knowledge and remain updated in areas of dental assisting and dentistry in
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of existing California laws regarding delegatable duties and dental ethics as they relate to dental

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 33 units Units

DENT 701 Dental Science I 3 units
DENT 702 Dental Science II 3 units
DENT 703 Allied Health Communication 1 unit
DENT 721 Dental Materials I 3 units
DENT 722 Dental Materials II 2 units
DENT 740 Chairside Assisting I 3 units
DENT 742 Chairside Assisting II 3 units
DENT 749 Preclinical Dental Science Laboratory 1 unit
DENT 751 Dental Clinic 1.5 units
DENT 753 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice 5 units
DENT 763 Dental Radiology 2 units
DENT 770 Dental Office Procedures 2.5 units
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 units
COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication 3 units


Required Selective Courses: 3 units from the following courses: Units

PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 units

Requirements: Units

Total Required Major Units: 36

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.