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Dental assistant schools in California are a great way to enter one of the fastest growing healthcare careers across California and it could not be a better time for aspiring dental assistants to enroll in to accredited training. We will cover the different certifications available in California for dental assistants, what the job outlook is, what you can expect to get paid and much more!

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The Steps to Becoming a Dental Assistant in California

The Dental Board of California regulates the entire dental field with a lot of regulations. So be aware of every necessary regulatory issue before starting your education process. We will try to get you up to speed below and get you on the right track to becoming a California dental assistant at which ever level you strive to get to. There are currently three main levels of dental assistants in California and we cover them all for you below. It should be noted that additional certification are necessary to be able to become an Orthodontic Assistant and a Dental Sedation Assistant.

Unlicensed Dental Assistant – To be able to work as an Unlicensed Dental Assistant in California you are going to have to complete a training in the California Dental Practice Act, attain a bls certificate at a course that is approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association and in infection control within one year from employment start date. All training has to be approved by the Dental Board of California.

(RDA) Registered Dental Assistant – To be get fully licensed as an RDA in California, you will be required to complete all training necessary to be a Unlicensed Dental Assisted, and you must also show that you either have at least 15 months of work experience or that you have successfully graduated from a CA Dental Board approved RDA training program (we list them below). On top of all that, you will also be required to finish CA Dental Board approved training in coronal polishing and in radiation safety, then you must successfully take and pass the state of California’s practical and written tests and the California test in law and ethics.

(RDAEF) Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions – To become an RDAEF in California, you will have to successfully become an RDA first. After accomplishing that honor you will have to take and complete a California Dental Board approved training in pit and fissure sealants applications. Next you will have to take and finish a CA Board approved expanded functions training and then you will have to take and successfully pass a written exam and a clinical/practical test that is administered by the CA Dental Board. After you have completed all of that, then and only then, can you apply for licensure in the state of California.

CODA Approved Dental Assisting Training Programs in California

College of Alameda
555 Atlantic Avenue Dental Assisting Department Box 45 Alameda 94501

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa 92628-5005

Cypress College
9200 Valley View Street Cypress 90630

College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Road Eureka 95501 (707) 476-4253

Citrus College
1000 West Foothill Glendora 91740 626-914-8728

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
14101 East Nelson Street La Puente 91746

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills 94022

Moreno Valley College
16130 Lasselle Street Moreno Valley 92551-2045

Cerritos College
11110 East Alondra Blvd Norwalk 90650

College of Marin
1800 Ignacio Boulevard Novato 94949
415-457-8811 x8410

Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd Pasadena 91106

Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill 94523

Chaffey College
5885 Haven Avenue Rancho Cucamonga 91737-3002

Sacramento City College
835 Freeport Boulevard Sacramento 95822

San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive San Diego 92111-4999
(619) 388-2697

City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue San Francisco 94112

San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Avenue San Jose 95128
(408) 298-2181 x3255

Palomar Community College
1140 West Mission Road San Marcos 92069
(760) 744-1150 x2571

College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd San Mateo 94402

Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa 95401-4395

Dental Assisting Jobs and Salary Outlook for California

Dental assistant salary in California is shown in the table below for you and you should know that the expected increase in dental assisting jobs across the Golden State is over 15%!

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Yearly$25,460 $36,940 $52,000
Yearly$24,730 $37,220 $57,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CAHourly$13.46$22.53$32.95
Yearly$28,000 $46,850 $68,530
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CAHourly$15.86$22.07$31.04
Yearly$32,980 $45,900 $64,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CAHourly$13.75$21.60$30.85
Yearly$28,590 $44,940 $64,180
Napa, CAHourly$11.58$21.42$28.34
Yearly$24,080 $44,560 $58,950
Vallejo-Fairfield, CAHourly$15.95$21.03$27.81
Yearly$33,170 $43,750 $57,840
Chico, CAHourly$13.66$20.62$25.57
Yearly$28,410 $42,900 $53,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CAHourly$13.39$19.60$27.96
Yearly$27,850 $40,770 $58,160
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CAHourly$13.23$19.21$24.94
Yearly$27,520 $39,960 $51,870
North Coast RegionHourly$13.39$19.19$27.03
Yearly$27,860 $39,910 $56,230
Yuba City, CAHourly$13.49$19.08$23.91
Yearly$28,060 $39,690 $49,740
Salinas, CAHourly$14.98$19.00$27.84
Yearly$31,170 $39,520 $57,920
Visalia-Porterville, CAHourly$13.73$18.97$24.70
Yearly$28,560 $39,450 $51,380
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CAHourly$15.32$18.86$28.50
Yearly$31,870 $39,230 $59,270
Madera-Chowchilla, CAHourly$13.16$18.66$26.10
Yearly$27,380 $38,820 $54,280
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CAHourly$13.37$18.59$25.74
Yearly$27,810 $38,660 $53,550
Hanford-Corcoran, CAHourly$13.22$18.57$26.68
Yearly$27,510 $38,620 $55,490
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CAHourly$14.57$18.44$23.99
Yearly$30,300 $38,350 $49,890
Mother Lode RegionHourly$12.69$17.94$26.10
Yearly$26,400 $37,320 $54,290
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CAHourly$12.83$17.83$26.96
Yearly$26,700 $37,080 $56,070
North Valley RegionHourly$11.20$17.07$23.70
Yearly$23,290 $35,510 $49,310
Northern Mountains RegionHourly$10.94$16.95$28.56
Yearly$22,760 $35,260 $59,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CAHourly$11.15$16.70$26.35
Yearly$23,190 $34,740 $54,820
Stockton, CAHourly$13.09$16.56$23.34
Yearly$27,230 $34,450 $48,550
Modesto, CAHourly$11.73$16.51$24.58
Yearly$24,400 $34,330 $51,140
Redding, CAHourly$12.59$16.43$24.08
Yearly$26,180 $34,180 $50,090
El Centro, CAHourly$10.75$16.31$26.09
Yearly$22,360 $33,930 $54,270
Bakersfield-Delano, CAHourly$11.13$16.02$24.54
Yearly$23,140 $33,330 $51,050
Merced, CAHourly$11.02$15.55$22.46
Yearly$22,920 $32,350 $46,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CAHourly$10.72$15.23$23.02
Yearly$22,290 $31,680 $47,880
Fresno, CAHourly$10.37$13.94$21.78
Yearly$21,570 $28,990 $45,300

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