CDC is here to accommodate full-time working individuals looking for a new career as well as dental professionals that are looking for continuing education. We offer our courses every weekend taught by a knowledgeable staff that are dental professionals. Many have questions regarding our courses, schedule, and facilities etc. Below are some answers to your questions before signing up for our courses.
Where can I park?
CDC is located in Downtown San Diego and although we do not provide parking for students attending our courses CDC is surrounded by plenty of locations for parking to fit any budget. When attending class on a Sunday all street and meter parking as long as you arrive early are free to find a place to park.
What time does the class begin?
Doors open at 9am and classes begin by 9:15 am. Students who arrive late will be rescheduled to attend class the following week.
Do you take walk-ins?
All walk in students are welcomed if class space is available. No additional registration fee or cost will be due. Please come join us!
What if I'm pregnant?
If you think you are pregnant or may be pregnant prior to registration or attending any scheduled classes you must notify California Dental Certifications. Attendance of classes will require the student to provide a medical release from your doctor. Or you may re-schedule for a future class date.
What supplies do I need to bring?
CDC will furnish all supplies required by students. It is the responsibility of each student to meet all program requirements by following OSHA guidelines. Specific courses will require the student to provide Social Security number. Disposable lab coats and protective eyewear will be available.
Do I have to wear scrubs?
Yes, it is a requirement to follow OSHA guidelines. ALL students must wear uniform scrubs and tennis shoes to attend class, NO exceptions. If requirements are not followed you will be rescheduled for a following date.
Do I need patients to complete my course?
CDC does not provide patients for students to complete a course and receive certification. It is the responsibility of the student to bring in patients as required. Due to limited space within our facility waiting room, only students and patients will be allowed in our facility.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN UNLESS PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
Which courses require patients for course completion?
Pit & Fissure Sealants – 4 patients
*Dentist or a Hygienist may sign off which teeth may have sealants placed.
Coronal Polish – 3 patients
Radiation Safety – 4 patients
*Full mouth series is required for each patient. FMX consists of 18 films.
*Must read all restrictions to assure patient can be used for required X-rays.
You can perform the necessary requirements in your doctor office under supervision of your dentist. If you do not have access to a dental office you may schedule with CDC to bring in your patients to our facility at no extra fee.
Can I keep the training materials?
All materials supplied to students are the property of California Dental Certifications and is are restricted for student use only. Student agrees that they will not make copies or distribute these materials without written authorization from CDC. CDC holds the exclusive rights on objects, illustrations, recorded documents, video sequences, and texts. Copying or use of these objects, illustrations, recorded documents, video sequences, and texts in other electronic or printed publications shall not be allowed without our express consent. CDC shall be exclusively entitled to all rights regarding this site.
What if I need a hotel?
Guests of California Dental Certifications receive a preferred rate at The Bristol Hotel. Click on the link below to book your reservation or type CDC in the promo code box upon booking.
Links to Surrounding Hotels
Can I get a new certification?
A $30.00 duplication fee applies for each duplicated certificate, provided that the student does not have outstanding balance due to California Dental Certifications. Requests for certificate replacements or duplications of original documents will be processed and mailed within 7 business days after payment has been received.
What's your cancellation policy
Full payment is required and must be received in office in advance to guarantee your space in class. Class size is limited and admittance is on a first come first served basis. Additional students will be notified of the next scheduled class and availability. All students have 30 days to complete a course. If a course is not completed within 30 days, a continuation fee of $200 will be charged. Any student that does not complete their course within the 30 days will have the opportunity to retake the course at the full fee. No credit will be applied from any previous incomplete course.
What does a dental assistant do in a dental office?
A dental assistant performs many tasks in the dental office. A dental assistant’s tasks include:
- Maintaining infection control
- Preparing patients for dental procedures
- Managing dental records
- Sterilizing dental instruments
- Performing two/four-handed dentistry
- Chairside assisting
- Performing dental x-rays
- Performing impressions on patients’ teeth for study or lab work
Once you become a dental assistant your education never stops. CDC offers all continued eduction required by the Dental Board of California.
What are some job possibilities when I finish the Dental Assisting Course?
Job Possibilities in Dentistry
- Dental Assistant
- Office Manger
- Registered Dental Assistant
- Registered Dental Assistant E.F.
- Laboratory Tech
- Office Sales
Dental Assistant Occupations /General Office Occupations
- Dental Assistant (DA)
- Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
- Registered Dental Assistant EF (RDA-EF)
- Dental Instructor
- X-ray Tech
- Dental Receptionist
More information on dental assistant career go to the following link:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics