Career Certificate | Associate of Science Degree

Moreno Valley College, Dental Assisting Class of 2022

General Information

Mission of the Dental Assistant Program

Dental Assistant students in class

The Dental Assistant Program provides the students with a quality, equitable, student focused education, that prepares them to be highly competent, professional, and caring licensed dental assistants. 

Program Description

The Dental Assistant Program offers a curriculum that prepares the students to successfully pass the Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Board Examination. In addition, students are well prepared to become skilled registered dental assistants, ready for employment as integral members of a dental team.

Each fall semester, up to 24 students who meet the qualification requirements, will be admitted to the program. See the Selection Criteria and the Application Process pages for additional information. The program requires a full-time commitment for 10 consecutive months that includes the fall and spring semester and winter session. Upon completion of the program requirements, the students will receive the Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting and they will be eligible to take both the California State Registered Dental Assistant Examination and the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.

Students are encouraged to take the additional classes needed to fulfill the degree requirements for an Associate Degree. For additional information on earning the degree please see the MVC Catalog.

Accreditation Status

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The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Visit the Commission’s website.

Bloodborne Pathogens Statement

Dental health professionals may be exposed to contagious diseases therefore strict compliance with Center of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Dental Assistant Program.


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Dental Assistant Program:(951) 571-6433
Counseling:(951) 571-6236
Orientation/Information Sessions:(951) 571-6433
Location:Dental Education Center (map)
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