Dental Assisting



​​​​​If you are interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in Dental Assisting, look to the specialists for your training. San José City College Dental Assisting Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation American Dental Association and the Dental Board of California. Dental Assistants most often work in dental offices but can work in many different dental settings. 

Dental Assistants work closely with dentist(s) to help provide compassionate patient care during dental treatment.  Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from setting up, sterilization, and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments.  Salary can range based on experience, training, and skills from $30,000 to $50,000 annually. Please see link below for Program Student Learning Outcomes Document.

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Thursday Janu ary 25, 2018

1:00pm - 4:00pm, Dental Lab T-506

Technology Center 5th Floor

(Corner of Bascom and Moorpark Avenue)


 The orientation will last approximately 3 hours - please plan accordingly.  Guest and friends are welcome to attend with you, but please, no children.

NEW STUDENT Info The Dental Assisting facility clinic contains ten state-of-the-art dental operatories and five x-ray operatories where traditional and digital x-ray techniques are taught. The dental laboratory contains thirty work stations fully equipped with instruments. Classes begin every semester with two instructors assigned to every thirty students. A CPR Certificate for Healthcare Providers, Reading and Writing Level 2. the Hepatitis B Vaccinations, and  a current TB test are recommended BEFORE the first day of class. 

BE ADVISED: Dental Assisting is an intense, full-time, fast-moving curriculum and requires a CONSIDERABLE student commitment.

Dental Assisting Brochure  

SJCC New Student Orientation Handbook

The Dental Assisting Program is Not a Dental Hygiene Program.

SJCC’s Dental Assisting students are taught to perform dental assisting skills with expanded functions, are trained and licensed in taking dental x-rays, certified in coronal polishing and pit and fissure sealants. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Dental Board of California State Board examination for licensure to become a Registered Dental Assistant (R.D.A.). In addition, students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board’s Certified Dental Assistant exam for certification to become a Certified Dental Assistant (C.D.A.). Dental Assisting is also a Major. Students can earn an AS degree in Dental Assisting.

Students may enter the program in either the Fall OR Spring semester by enrolling in ALL six of these courses: DENT 151, 152, 153,154, 155 and 156. It is recommended that students planning to enter the program take the placement test as early as possible to determine his/her level. Those needing to improve their skills may do so in courses offered by the college prior to admissions to the program. (See a counselor for details).

The Dental Assisting Program is FULL-TIME Monday through Thursday 8:30-2:30 and Friday 8:30-5:00. It is recommended students practice after school each day. Students must register in ALL six courses. There is no partial enrollment. Counselors will assist with override codes to register for ALL six courses.

Costs of uniforms, books, safety items, tuition, and miscellaneous supplies are estimated at $1,500-$2,000 for the 11-month​ program. Costs are spread out over the 11 months. Approximately $800 is needed at the start of the program. It is thoroughly discussed at the mandatory Dental Assisting Orientation (See our Schedule of Classes for more information)

You Can Download the New Student Information Here​​​


To post a dental job opening, please complete the Online Job Request Form Below.



New Student Information, Dental Assisting Student Information, Dental AssistingDental Assisting Documents
Public Notification Notification put on Website.pdfPublic NotificationDental Assisting Documents
Program Student Learning Outcomes Assisting PSLOs.pdfProgram Student Learning Outcomes

​Contact Us

Contacts for program informa​​tion:


Maricela Martinez(Dental Assisting Counselor)


Faculty & Staff 

​Edna Dolatre (Coordinator)​

​​Wendy Pio

Laura ​​Sanchez

Jitka Stodulka

 Anouk Sivi

Paula Morgan

Jodi Kokoletsos

Michele Heemskerk


Technology Building, 5th floor (Corner of Bascom and Moorpark Avenue)


For information on finding a dentists or dental clinic in your area, please click on the link to the Santa Clara County Dental Society.

For Dental Assisting  ​licensing information​  go to the Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Board of California.  To visit the​ website click on the ​Dental Board of California


To post a dental job opening, complete the Online Job Request Form at the bottom of this webpage. 



SJCC is scheduled for a site visitation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The U.S. Dept. of Education provides an opportunity for third party comments.  All comments must be related to the accreditation standards related to SJCC Dental Assisting Program.  Please click here for more information for submitting comments.


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