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Dental Assisting Program

College of Marin's Dental Assisting Program will prepare you for work as a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. The Registered Dental Assistant is a licensed member of the dental team in today's dental office or clinic. Completion of the courses and the clinical training qualifies students for immediate employment.

The Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association and is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners. Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Dental Assisting Licensure Examination.

Full-time students can complete the program in two (2) semesters and one (1) summer session. Part-time students can complete the program in four (4) semesters and one (1) summer session.

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The Dental Assisting Program is located on the Indian Valley Campus:

Dental Assisting Office
Main Building - Building 27 -Room 209   Phone:415.457.8811x 8427

Dental Assisting Lab
Main Building - Bulding 27 - Room 214

Application and information can be received by mail by phoning the Program Office and leaving name and address with the Secretary or on the Voicemail system.

For more information please contact:

Kathleen Rooney, CDA, RDAEF, MA
Program Coordinator
College of Marin
Indian Valley Campus
Phone 415.457.8811 x 8427


Admission Requirements and Procedure

Entrance Requirements

  • Student must have current CPR certification, Hepatitis B vaccination and Hepatitis B titer results, Tetanus vaccination, and TB testing
  • High School Graduation, GED or its equivalent
  • Physical and emotional health
  • Enjoy meeting and working with people
  • Keyboard skills
  • Qualify to take English 98 or ESL 98

Application procedure

  • Take placement tests in English to be arranged through the College Testing Office.
  • Arrange to meet personally with the Program Director to plan and finalize course schedule.

                Phone:  415.457.8811 x 8427

                Email:  kathleen.rooney@marin.edu

  • Complete the college application procedure through the Office of Admissions and Records
  • Register and enroll in required classes.
  • Download and complete Dental Assisting Program Application
  • Download and complete Physical Examination Form
  • and mail to:                              
  • Kathleen Rooney, Dental Assisting Coordinator, College of Marin, 835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904

Download:  Dental Application (25.5 KBdownload PDF of Enrollment Procedures PDF)

Download:  Physical Examination Form - 4-2011  (68.5 KBdownload PDF of Enrollment Procedures PDF)

NOTE: Before students participate in internships, they must have current CPR for the Health Care Provider certificates; Hepatitis B and Hepatitis B titer results; tetanus vaccinations; and TB testing.

Application and information can be received by mail by phoning the Program Office and leaving name and address with the Secretary or on the Voicemail system. The phone number is 415.457.8811 x 8427

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Duties of the R.D.A.

  • Assisting the dentist in procedures at chairside, which is called four-handed dentistry.
  • Performing extended functions in the patient's mouth as delegated by the general dentist or dental specialist such as:
  • Polishing teeth
  • Application of topical fluorides
  • Fabrication and placement of temporary crowns or bridges
  • Placement of orthodontic separators
  • Placement and removal of temporary restorations
  • Producing x-rays of the teeth
  • Maintaining accurate office records
  • Performing laboratory procedures
  • Put on fissure sealant

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Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee composed of the Marin County Dental Society and the Marin County Dental Assistants' Society assists the program faculty in planning the curriculum and in maintaining a working relationship with the dental profession. This assures the student that their education is realistic and that it meets the current needs for employment in the community.

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Career Opportunities

Expanded populations, rising standards of living, and increased emphasis on health care preventive services point to a rising demand for highly-trained dental personnel.

Today, jobs are numerous. The R.D.A. is employed in private dental offices (general and specialty) in the community. Some R.D.A.'s may seek employment in dental schools or clinics and hospitals and correctional facilities.. Also, formal training will provide the R.D.A. with competencies for work with volunteer health agencies around the world.

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Student Testimonials

"Dental Assisting has provided an opportunity for me to advance in a field that has many career options. "
Melody Ryan

"Being a part of the Dental Assisting Program at College of Marin has been a very positive experience for me. I have found the instructors to be knowledgeable and caring. I feel very confident and prepared to apply my skills in my new profession. I have also made friendships that I know will last for years to come."
Gail Green

"It has been a great opportunity for me to be a part of College of Marin's Dental Assisting Program. I have learned to appreciate working hard for my goals in life. I feel confident and ready to utilize what I have learned so far, in my new profession."
Shahrzard Sharif

Continuing Education Courses

  • Coronal Polish Certificate
  • Radiology Safety Certificate

Accreditation Report

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Dental Assisting web page
Technical Contact: Rose Jacques, Administrative Assistant for Allied Health Dept., 415-883-2211 ext. 8428
Content Responsible:
Rosalind A. Hartman, RN, MS, Director of Health Sciences, 415-485-9326