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Are you interested in a career in dentistry?  

We are looking for compassionate, energetic, career-minded individuals to participate in a dental assistant training program. You will learn foundational skills to help you secure a dental assistant position. 
Learn the basics in an immersive training program 

You are invited to join the Smile Crew CA Dental Assisting Bootcamp, an accelerated training program happening July 2–30, 2021.  
Together, the California Dental Association (CDA), Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, the California Employment Development Department (EDD), San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), and Grossmont Adult Education seek to train individuals with no prior experience to serve as entry level DAs. 
This training program is a fast-paced, immersive bootcamp that combines classroom and online instruction with on-the-job training to prepare you to find a dental assisting role in your area.  

In this 4-week training program, you will receive:  

  • 10-12 hours per week of in-classroom instruction  
  • 20 hours per week of online instruction  
  • Weekly on-the-job training in a dental office outside of regular working hours  
  • Interview preparation  
  • Onboarding and offboarding assistance  
  • A certificate of completion  

Upon completion of this program, you will:  

  • Understand the culture and expectations in dental practice  
  • Interpret HIPAA guidelines and policies  
  • Demonstrate foundational infection control and aseptic techniques  
  • Model the proper use and care of equipment and materials  
  • Define basic oral anatomy, dental procedures and disease  
  • Apply patient intake best practices  
  • Execute foundational procedure setups  
  • Understand introductory chairside dental assisting techniques  
  • Demonstrate effective patient communication techniques  
  • Understand foundational principles of radiation safety and basic imaging techniques  

Who It's For

  • Age 18+ 
  • High school diploma or GED 
  • English literacy 
  • Eligible to work in the United States 
  • Ability to provide 3 patients for x-ray licensure exam 
  • Ability to provide updated immunizations record 

You will need the following in preparation for this course: 

  • Ability to commit to online and in-person learning  
  • Access to a computer and internet  
  • Transportation to the classroom and dental facility sites  
  • Scrubs  
  • Comfortable closed toe shoes for classroom and training  

This program offers help:

  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a long-term job
  • Learning new job skills

How to Apply

Contact a career center at to learn more and apply.