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.
The Dental Assisting Program is located on the Indian Valley Campus:
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:
Phone: 415.457.8811 x 8427
Download: Dental Application (25.5 KB PDF)
Download: Physical Examination Form - 4-2011 (68.5 KB 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
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.
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.
"Dental Assisting has provided an opportunity for me to advance in a field that has many career options. "
"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."
"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."
Dental Assisting web page
Technical Contact: Joan Rinaldi, Administrative Assistant for Health Science Dept., 415-485-9319
Content Responsible: Rosalind A. Hartman, RN, MS, Director of Health Sciences, 415-485-9326