Dental Assisting

As a Dental Assistant, you will perform administrative and clinical tasks to support dental offices from the front office to patient treatment coordination. The programs offered through High Desert Medical College will help you secure your Dental Assistant diploma quickly, so you can begin your new career. We offer both day and evening classes.

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Becoming a Dental Assistant through courses at High Desert Medical College will prepare you to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the health care industry. HDMC helps ensure our students can enter the job market successfully with a program involving classroom theory lab procedures and externship. Our Dental Assistant students are the prepped for industry certifications through organizations such as the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). We also provide our students with their X-ray Certification upon completion of the program.

Career Highlights & Opportunity
As a Dental Assistant, you will perform administrative and clinical tasks to support dental offices. Tasks include interacting with patients, assisting the dentist or hygienist during exams and treatments, delivering X-rays and taking dental impressions and fabricating molds or crowns.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Dental Assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2012-2022 decade. Employment is projected to grow 25% – much faster than the average job ranking. As of 2012, Dental Assistants held about 303,200 jobs with an average salary of $34,500 annually and career opportunities in the following categories:
Office Manager
Patient Treatment Coordinator
Dental Billing
Dental Sales Rep
Dental Lab

  • Dental Anatomy and Infection Control
  • Dental Assistant Procedures
  • Chair Side Assisting
  • Dental Radiography and Imaging
  • Dental Practice Office Management
  • Clinical Externship

  • Total Weeks in Program: 34 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes | 42 Weeks - Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 33.21
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24
  • Total Clock Hours: 910
  • Classroom Hours: 600
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Homework Hours: 150
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
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    "It was actually one of my best decisions. The school's really comfortable...they like to make you feel like it's your home, like you're learning something and it really feels like you're going to progress here. There's help everywhere," - Vanessa, DA Student

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