Dental Assisting, Associate in Science

Upon completion of the program, graduates are immediately eligible to take the Dental Board of California licensure examination to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Graduates will also receive a state Radiation Safety License, Certificates in Infection Control, Coronal Polish, and the application of Pit and Fissure Sealants and a Certificate of Achievement from Monterey Peninsula College. Students who complete additional general education courses can earn an Associate in Science degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Perform the duties of a Registered Dental Assistant as identified by the Dental Board of California and necessary to pass the California State Board Examination.
  • Expose radiographs on patients according to standards identified by the California Dental Radiation Health and Safety License.
  • Perform coronal polishing procedures according to standards identified by the Dental Board of California.
  • Perform pit and fissure sealant procedures according to standards identified by the Dental Board of California.
  • Implement infection control measures while performing dental assistant procedures according to standards identified by the Dental Board of California and the Dental Practice Act.

Associate Degree Requirements

Required Core
DNTL 100Orientation to Dental Careers2
DNTL 101Dental Anatomy2
DNTL 102Chairside Assisting I3
DNTL 103Radiography for Dental Assistants2
DNTL 104Chairside Assisting II3
DNTL 105Dental Health Science2
DNTL 107Coronal Polish0.5
DNTL 108Pit and Fissure Sealants0.5
DNTL 111Dental Pharmacology and Oral Pathology2
DNTL 112Office Management2.5
DNTL 115Dental Specialties2.5
DNTL 116Supervised Clinical Experience5
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS27
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.33
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  
 

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.