Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting Program is a two-semester program that includes patient care experiences in a fully equipped on-site facility, with students assigned to clinics or dental offices for their externship experiences.

Dental Assistants are highly valued by the dental profession and have a choice of work environments from private offices to hospitals and clinics.

There is a profound shortage of qualified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Assistants.  Our program prepares the students to satisfy this need.  As a Dental Assistant you will be involved in a variety of duties including managing the front office, preparing the patient, taking radiographs, and mixing dental materials.

Registered Dental Assistants are not only supportive members of the dental team but they also perform important procedures in the patient’s mouth under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Program Information

Please read the Dental Assisting Program Information Sheet to get detailed information about the application process for admission to the Dental Assisting Program. Carefully read the:

  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Minimum Standards for Applicants
  • Eligibility for the Registered Dental Assistant Examination
  • Background Checks
  • Application Procedures
  • Selection Procedures
  • Required Curriculum

If you wish to apply to the Dental Assisting Program, please apply online; the Application will be ready February 2019 for the Fall 2019 start. Follow the instructions to submit the application to the Health Science Application Office. Learn more about the program at our free information workshops. These workshops explain about the Dental Assisting Program, career directions in Dental Assisting, Registered Dental Assisting and provide direction in the enrollment process at Cypress College. Click on the Health Science Events Calendar link to the right for workshop dates and times.


Tech Ed III, Building 13, Room 305

Contact Information

T: (714) 484-7293


Elizabeth Pacheco, RDA, CDA, CPFA, BVE, M.Ed.
Joel Silva, RDA, CDA, A.S., BS