Dental Assisting

Three individuals working on teeth
Group of dental students
Dental student preparing to work with patient
Dental Student typing
Dental Student typing
Dental individual taking X-ray of teeth
Two dental students working on teeth
Dental students participating in class
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Dental student pretending to scare a potential patient
Group of Dental students taking a picture together
Several Dental students participating class
Two Dental students participating class
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Group of Dental Students in front of a USC building
Group of Dental Students in front of a USC building


Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. We are a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County.

Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages approximately 22,500 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

The Dental Assisting Program (DA) is a part of the Health Occupations division and offers both a Certificate in Dental Assisting and with additional course work, an Associates in Arts degree in Dental Assisting. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the State and National board examinations. The DA program offers a Summer Orthodontic Assistant course for our program graduates.

The Cerritos College Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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In order to be in alignment with recommendations and mandates set forth from the CDC, to reduce the rapid transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus, the dental assisting department has an electronic application procedure. Read about the program admission process. Updated application and application instructions for the 2024-2025 application cycle (opening February 1, 2024) are coming soon!  The deadline is May 15, 2024. Thank you.

Please watch our website for further, up-to-date information.