Dental Assisting Degree Programs in Modesto, CA with School Info

Research dental assisting programs near Modesto, California, where there are currently 11 schools offering programs, though none of them are close by. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for two schools, both within 100 miles of Modesto, and decide which one is right for you.

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Modesto-Area Dental Assisting Programs

Schools in the immediate vicinity of Modesto offering dental assisting programs are scarce. This article looks at the two schools nearest Modesto with dental assisting programs and at the programs themselves. There's also a table of information about the schools that prospective students should be aware of, such as school size, costs and the percentage of enrollees who graduate on time.

  • Mt. Diablo Adult Education, about 60 miles from downtown Modesto, offers a dental assisting certificate program.
  • Around 55 miles from Modesto, San Jose City College makes both certificate and associate's degree programs available to aspiring dental assistants.

Comparison of Schools

Mt. Diablo Adult Education San Jose City College
School Type Less than 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 140* 9,336*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $6,564 (program cost)** $1,356 in-state; $7,852 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 31%* 62%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 90% for full-time students; 75% for part-time students* 65% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2014-15) 96%* 26% (9% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Mt. Diablo Adult Education provides training for adult learners in various locations. The dental assisting program is currently offered at the Loma Vista Adult Center (LVAC) in Concord, and it is approved by the Dental Board of California.

Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting

The first module of this 12-month program takes place in the evening and includes foundational coursework in topics like the dental assisting profession and dental anatomy. The second module requires daytime class attendance to learn chair-side skills and spend time in labs and clinics, and the third module consists of dentist office externships. Applicants must pass entrance assessments and possess current CPR certification. Additionally, some courses require background checks.

San Jose City College

Students may choose between associate's and certificate programs at this school, and both are approved by the Dental Board of California. Learners practice their skills in class with mannequins, and then they receive training in dental offices during a 120-hour, full-time summer internship.

Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting

The classes in this program include beginning, fundamental, intermediate, expanded, advanced and clinical dental assisting. To graduate, students must complete 31.5 units of coursework. Transfer units are allowed, but the advanced class must be taken through this school.

Associate of Science in Dental Assisting

In addition to the major dental assisting classes for this program, students complete general education requirements, general electives and a physical activity class. Students must complete 60 units in order to earn this degree.

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