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Dental Assistant

Dental assistants are part of the team that assists dentists during dental appointments and treatments. They are also one of the fastest growing professions in California and in the nation.

Job opportunities are excellent and continue to increase as people keep their natural teeth longer and the aging population demands more dental care.

The number of jobs available is expected to increase by 57% from 2002 to 2012!

Here's what you need to know:

1) Licensing Requirements in California

2) Duties and Responsibilities

3) Show me the money!

4) Dental Assistant Schools

1) Licensing Requirements in California

You do not need to be licensed to practice as a dental assistant in California. However, to be more marketable and attractive to potential employers, you should consider becoming a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). RDAs may perform more complex dental tasks with the direct supervision of a dentist. The California Committee of Dental Auxiliaries (COMDA) examines and licenses RDAs.

To obtain a RDA license, one must:

2) Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks may include:

As mentioned earlier, an RDA may perform more complex tasks with the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. The tasks may include:

3) Show me the money!

The average annual salary of a dental assistant in California is $31,500. Hourly wages range from $12 to $21 per hour.

RDAs can expect to earn more.

4) Dental Assistant Schools

If you are interested in pursuing this career, here are 2 schools in Fresno that offers dental assisting programs:

You can also request information from schools online, which is much easier.

Request info from Dental Assistant Schools

School Phone #
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants 559.264.9726
Mced Career College 559.456.0623