Press Releases
October 30, 2015

Gurnick Academy San Mateo Campus offers Dental Assistant Program

Gurnick Academy has added a new program to its San Mateo campus, the Dental Assistant program. The addition of the Dental Assistant program is approved by the California Department of Health and Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES) and will be the 4th Certification program offered by the campus. 

The Dental Assistant program provides classroom theory, laboratory experience and clinical learning that teach students the skills to perform duties such as communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and professionalism soft skills that can only be acquired through real life experiences. The program emphasizes a strong focus on caring for patients with compassion.

"Gurnick will prepare the student with technical skills to work chair side with the dentist, as well as work in a detailed-oriented environment in the dental laboratory and business office. Once the Gurnick student acquires the clinical and administrative skills the student will be achieving several certifications including coronal polishing, 8 hour infection control, radiation safety and a certificate as a Dental Assistant."

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the State Certification exam. Passage of the certification exam will enable them to apply as a Registered Dental Assistant within California. From here, students can apply for positions in any dental office.

"We expect unlimited possibilities once you have completed Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. Once a Gurnick student has completed the entry level dental assisting program the possibilities are endless. The student will be well prepared to apply for the registered dental assistant state license with continued experience in a dental office. The student will be able to continue education to become a hygienist, dentist, and an extended function dental assistant."

– Renee McAuliffe

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a private academy offering quality allied-health and nursing programs operating 4 campuses in Northern California with locations in San Mateo, Modesto, Fresno and Concord. Gurnick offers such programs as: BSN (RN to BSN pathway), Vocational Nurse (LVN), AS in Ultrasound Technology, AS in Radiologic Technology, AS in MRI, Phlebotomy Technician, Psychiatric Technician, AS in Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Assistant Program. Gurnick is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES).

For more information about completion rates and other disclosure information, visit our website at  http://www.gurnick.edu/required-disclosures.