How to become a Dental Assistant in California
It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in California given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.
In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in California below.
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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in California.
Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.
Top Dental Assistant Schools in California
|California||College of Alameda||Alameda||CODA|
|California||Orange Coast College||Costa Mesa||CODA|
|California||College of the Redwoods||Eureka||CODA|
|California||Citrus College||Glendora||CODA||http://citruscollege.edu; citruscollege.edu/academics/programs/dental/Pages/default.aspx|
|California||College of Marin||Kentfield||CODA|
|California||Hacienda La Puente Adult Education||La Puente||CODA|
|California||Foothill College||Los Altos Hills||CODA||http://www.foothill.edu|
|California||Moreno Valley College||Moreno Valley||CODA||http://www.mvc.edu/academicprograms/dh/index.cfm|
|California||Pasadena City College||Pasadena||CODA||http://www.pasadena.edu/divisions/health-sciences/dental-hygiene/|
|California||Diablo Valley College||Pleasant Hill||CODA||http://www.dvc.edu/academics/bhsd/hygiene/|
|California||Chaffey College||Rancho Cucamonga||CODA|
|California||Sacramento City College||Sacramento||CODA||http://www.scc.losrios.edu/dental/|
|California||San Diego Mesa College||San Diego||CODA|
|California||City College of San Francisco||San Francisco||CODA|
|California||San Jose City College||San Jose||CODA||http://www.sjcc.edu/academics/departments/dental-assisting|
|California||Palomar Community College||San Marcos||CODA|
|California||College of San Mateo||San Mateo||CODA|
|California||Santa Rosa Junior College||Santa Rosa||CODA||http://dentalprograms.santarosa.edu|
Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.
You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in California and surrounding states on the map below.
California Dental Assistant License Requirements
Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by California law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Dental Board of California governs the licensing of dental assistants in California. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
Phone: (916) 263-2300
Dental Assistant Salary in California
|Top 10% of Earners||$57,990|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$26,280|
The average Dental Assistant salary in California is $39,930 – over 6% above the national average.
This represents an hourly wage of $19.20.
There are currently 50,100 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.
The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in California;
|Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|Santa Rosa, CA||$47,650||$22.91||670|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||$42,150||$20.26||1,040|
|San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA||$51,250||$24.64||2,080|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||$49,250||$23.68||3,410|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||$38,420||$18.47||400|
|Yuba City, CA||$39,550||$19.01||160|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||$41,170||$19.79||690|
|San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division||$42,640||$20.50||520|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||$42,990||$20.67||390|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||$46,620||$22.42||6,780|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||$39,030||$18.76||4,070|
|Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division||$44,810||$21.54||4,170|
|Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division||$37,020||$17.80||5,460|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||$36,910||$17.75||17,010|
|El Centro, CA||$38,090||$18.31||150|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division||$36,860||$17.72||11,540|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||$34,550||$16.61||4,830|
*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in California
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in California;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||5,060||$46.10||$95,880|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||16,720||$17.99||$37,410|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||9,270||$18.56||$38,600|
|Home Health Aides||31,730||$13.26||$27,580|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||1,920||$30.55||$63,550|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||4,920||$30.11||$62,630|