Dental Assistant

Prepare for a rewarding career as a Dental Assistant in just nine months!

PCI College’s Dental Assistant Program gives you a firm foundation in dental procedures, patient care and the inner workings of the modern dental office. Students get individual attention and support to help them excel. Day and evening  classes are available to help you fit this program into your busy life. Our students learn the skills that Dental Offices are looking for. Graduates are ready to walk from the classroom into a career as a dentist assistant, and our job placement services are there to help you to begin your new career.

Skills you will Learn
  • Chairside –Patient Care for General and Specialty Dental Practices
  • Exam preparation, instruments and procedures.
  • Patient Education
  • Dental Radiology – Expose, process, mount, and evaluate oral radiographs
  • Routine office tasks and procedures used in Dental Offices

Our qualified instructors are here to guide you through the material

Our staff brings insight gained from real world career experience into the classroom, helping students to get the most out of the program. Our Career Development module gives you the tools and roadmap to help you to land that first job and to leverage it into a fulfilling and rewarding career in the dental field.

In the classroom and lab you’ll learn about the science, equipment, technique and procedures used in the clinical environment. Outside the classroom, we provide you with the opportunity to use these lessons in a real dental office during your externship and supervised chair side patient care situations. Our goal as educators is to help you develop your professional skills and gain a hands on understanding of the material in ways that you can use to move forward with confidence in your new career for many years.

Call us today to start your path on this rewarding and flexible career!

(562) 916-5055

This profession is predicted to grow at a brisk pace well into the next decade. But don’t wait! Surveys of dental assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Flexibility and opportunity for growth make this career path a favorite. Call or Contact us today, and let us show you how easy it is to obtain the career you deserve!

Curriculum Objective:

Career Possibilities:
  • Dental Radiological Technician
  • Orthodontic Assistant
  • Periodontics Assistant
  • Dental Surgeon Assistant
  • Dental Office Manager

(30 Weeks)The objective of this program is to prepare students with the skills and hands on training to enable them to qualify entry-level positions as Dental Assistant. The instruction provides students with skills for dental radiology, laboratory procedures, and entry-level skills for assisting in patient examinations and chair-side dental assisting.

Other Info

DA 100 Dental Sciences

This course is an introduction to microbiology, oral pathology, therapeutics, and Vital Signs. In addition, oral procedures relating to the management of medical and dental emergencies is reviewed.

DA 200 Dental Radiology

This course includes fundamentals of radiation physics, generation and control of the radiation beam, radiation hygiene, and film and cone placement in paralleling and bisecting techniques. Also covered are film selection, processing, and mounting procedures. Supervised practice is provided for students to expose, process, mount, and evaluate oral radiographs.

DA 300 Clinical Dentistry

This course includes the fundamental functioning of dental office, instrument handling and different clinical procedures, which include Bonding system to bases, caries management to esthetic restorations.

DA 400 Dental Laboratory Processes

This course covers the lab work about dental cements, impression materials and laboratory procedures. The student will learn about Prosthodontics and Dental Implants.

DA 500 Dental Prevention

This course introduces methods of preventing dental disease.
Topics include oral physiotherapy, dental prophylaxis, fluoride, sealants, and nutrition. Supervised sessions in plaque control, food diary evaluation, and preventive lesson plans, permit students the opportunity to practice learned topics.

DA 600 Dental Care

Methods, techniques, and armamentarium of chairside dental assisting in general dentistry as well as specialty procedures in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics are covered. Supervised practice is provided to enable students to demonstrate chairside dental assisting in each specialty

DA 700 Dental

Administrative Management This course familiarizes the student with procedures commonly implemented in the dental office. Topics include telephone, patient and appointment management, the filing and recall systems, financial policies, collections, banking, third-party payment, inventory control, payroll, human relations, interviewing, business office equipment, dental software, and bookkeeping.

DA 800 Externship

160 Hours Dental Clinic sites provide the student with a supervised clinical environment where chairside, laboratory, and office procedure skills are applied.


CD 101 Career Development

(Prerequisite: None)
The purpose of this course is to teach the student skills to enable them to acquire a position leading to a substantial career. Students will learn: Interviewing Skills,
Conducting the Successful Job Search, Discovering the Hidden Job Market, Preparing Resumes and Cover Letters as well as mock interviews.

For start dates or other information, Call Admissions Cerritos (562) 916-5055
Cerritos Campus
17215 Studebaker Road, Suite 310
Cerritos, California 90703

Gardena Campus
1225 west, 190th street, suite 300
Gardena, California 90248

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