Dental Assistant Program (DA)

Available at

San Mateo Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Modesto Campus

Start Date: July 29, 2019

Program Description

A Dental Assistant works in a dental office or other dental facility and is considered an indispensable partner on the team. A Dental Assistant performs a variety of administrative and clinical tasks. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Dental Assistant students will be taught the principles of front and back office dental assisting. They will be introduced to the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology that deal with the oral cavity.

Students will practice and become adept at a variety of clinical skills including patient education, chair side assistance, x-ray and coronal polishing. The program includes didactic and laboratory hands-on training as well as a clinical externship component where each student will be placed in a dental office or facility.

Dental Assistant Program is a certificate program.

Mission Statement


Program Goals and Objectives

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students will be provided with clinical training at one of the affiliated clinical sites, while attending our dental assistant school. 

Clinical externship includes student placement in a facility that performs various types of skills and provides exposure to theory concepts, and an opportunity for hands-on practice. Externships will provide opportunity for students to assist facility staff with daily duties in the front and back office under staff supervision. This marks the point of transition from being a student to becoming a dental assistant. The externship serves as a practicum without pay to help students apply learned classroom skills. Students will have a variety of tasks to perform and to document for verification purposes. Daily attendance and performance at the site is verified by facility personnel.  

Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:

  1. General Admission Requirements for all Programs
  2. Additional Admission Requirements per Program

Dental Assistant Program Length and Schedule


32 weeks (946.5 clock hours)

42.5 Quarter Credit Hours

Sessions Schedule

Students must be available 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday through Friday for didactic and laboratory course work. While on Externship, students may be required to accommodate alternative schedules based on facility placement business hours. Students must be able to complete those special rotations at the schedule provided.

**San Mateo's September 23, 2019 start will hold classes from 4-10 PM.

Program Fees

The table below reflects the upcoming starts only. 

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
Textbooks  $75.00
Personal Tablet w/Keyboard Fee (non-refundable) $750.00
Tuition Fee $14,670.75
Total cost $15,595.75

Dental Assistant Certification in California

Find more information about Certification for Dental Assistants in California in the section Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer in our Catalog and Addendum.

Dental Assistant Job Outlook and Salary

Click on the link for Occupational Profile for Dental Assistants in California provided by State of California Employment Development Department. Additionally, some information is presented by County: Dental Assistants in San Francisco Bay Area and Dental Assistants in East Bay Area.

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Dental programs. Dental Assistant Program is offered at San Mateo campus of our dental assistant school. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Bay Area cities: Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from other Bay Area cities - Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • Many students come from Concord, Oakland, Vallejo, Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Gurnick Academy is committed to providing thorough and timely vocational medical training to our students so they may obtain gainful employment.

Our institution has provided program specific information regarding gainful employment in compliance with the new Gainful Employment regulations for Title IV eligible institutions, put forward by the U.S. Department of Education, in July 2011.

All required information can be found throughout this page.

Additionally, you can Download State Disclosures and Download Annual Security Report.

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