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San Jose
Dental Assistant Program

Dental Assisting Classes
in San Jose, CA

About the Dental Assisting Program at San Jose

Enroll in our Dental Assisting program in San Jose, California, and gain the career skills you need in as little as 10 months. Our Dental Assistant courses combine traditional classroom instruction with simulation training and a supervised externship. Courses cover key aspects of the profession, which include topics like sterilization techniques, medical emergencies, dental X-rays, impressions, and dental instruments. Our goal is to prepare you for a dental career that is both personally and professionally rewarding.

San Jose DA Program
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What You’ll Learn

The San Jose Dental Assistant program balances theory with hands-on experience. The primary objective is to train you for an entry-level job in the field. Throughout this process, you will learn how to perform several Dental Assistant duties and responsibilities, such as:

  • Preparing patients for treatments and procedures
  • Assisting with oral surgeries
  • Sterilizing dental instruments
  • Evacuating oral cavities
  • Making dental impressions
  • Processing dental X-Rays and other lab tasks
  • Installing fixed prosthodontics
  • Instructing patients on proper oral hygiene

Dental Assistant Program Admissions Requirements for the San Jose Campus

To enroll in our Dental Assisting program, you must complete the following admissions steps:

1 Career planning session and admissions interview

2 Submit proof of high school education or equivalent

3 Entrance assessment test

4 Admissions application

5 Enrollment agreement

6 Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid

Dental Assisting Program with a Career-Driven Curriculum

At San Jose, our DA program will equip you with specific skillsets that are in demand. Through a combination of theory and hands-on experience, you will be prepared for a fruitful career in the dental field. In under a year’s time, you can build a strong foundation for your future, gaining the skills and experience needed to succeed as a Dental Assistant. Our curriculum also includes a supervised externship to boost your chances of success.

Below are some of the classes you can expect to take:

  • Dental Terminology and Proper Asepsis Techniques
  • Chairside Assisting for General and Specialty Dentistry
  • Dental Materials and Prevention
  • California Dental Assisting with Expanded Duties Lab
  • Dental Radiology
  • Dental Practice Management
  • Clinical and Lab Duties
  • Clinical Externship
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I would like to thank career services for prepping me for my externship and sharing their honest opinions regarding my career and my growth.

- Joseph E. (2019 Unitek Graduate)

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The San Jose Campus

Our campus is located in southern San Jose, which can be ideal for commuters who live south of the county. Join us at San Jose, where you’ll find vibrant green trees, tall glass windows, and well-furnished classrooms. You will also find almost 30,000 square feet of space. To better assist you with your educational pursuits, we offer several classrooms, labs, a library, and a student lounge.

The length of our Dental Assisting program is another major benefit for Unitek students. Even the entry-waiting period you may experience at a community college is typically shorter at our Dental Assisting school.

Commitment to Student Success

In San Jose, our career-services team partners with students to help them prepare for their future. This can include resume rewrites, mock interviews, employer connections, and more. Our 2019 placement rates are a true testament to the engagement of our team. We also operate with an open-door policy to demonstrate our commitment to your success.

Real-World Experience

In order to prepare you for the healthcare field, we maintain a large, well-equipped campus with labs that are updated to reflect the needs of the industry. Our students benefit a great deal from these labs, as they are equipped to simulate real-world settings for maximum exposure.

Unitek has some really genuine people. Intelligent and positive, they always tried their best to help me with ANYTHING I needed to help me succeed.

- Elizabeth L. (2019 Unitek Graduate)

Campus Location

San Jose is a metropolitan city in sunny California. It is considered the economic, political, and culture center of the renowned Silicon Valley, an area known for housing some of the world’s largest tech companies. In San Jose, you can enjoy mild temperatures and a diverse city with many attractions. Some of these destinations include the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, the Winchester Mystery House of San Jose, Guadalupe River Park, and the Municipal Rose-Garden.

San Jose Campus
Phone: 800-318-1550
6800 Santa Teresa Blvd, Ste. 200
San Jose, CA 95119

Our campus is also in close proximity to Highways 101 and 85. Not only are we in an ideal location, but we are accessible to students who commute south of San Jose. At our San Jose campus, you can learn how to become a Dental Assistant in one of the most exciting cities in the United States.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Our average class size typically accommodates 20 students. Like our other programs, we strive to use class caps to ensure that our students receive every advantage.

For aspiring Dental Assistants, we offer one start for each month of the year. Please contact our admissions department for more information.

Our Dental Assisting program is offered Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This could be optimal for those who work part time or later in the day.

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