• Dental Assisting/Registered Dental Assisting


    An in-depth two-year program prepares students to become Registered Dental Assistants. Training includes chair side, lab, x-ray, RDA examination preparation, and coronal polish. Instruction includes 400 hours of externship in a dental office. Upon completion of this program students will be eligible to take the RDA State Board Examination. The program combines:

    • Theory, lab work and on-the-job internships in local dental offices
    • Office procedures, management
    • Chair side assisting
    • X-rays and much more 


    Open entry/Open exit
    Year round
    1080 hours for completion

    High School Students:
    4 Semesters 
    3 hours (daily) – 8:00 -11:00 a.m.
    or 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

    2 Semesters or 4 quarters
    6 hours (Tuesday-Friday) – 8:00 -3:30 p.m.


    San Leandro High, Arroyo High and San Lorenzo High: 1 yr Science credit

    Castro Valley High: 1 semester Science credit

    State Department of Education Recognized Model Program 

    Articulations/Dual Enrollment



    High school juniors and seniors only.


    High School:

    3 hours (daily)
    8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


    Adult Fees:
    $50.00 registration

    $400.00 lab fee

    $50.00 – $100 – Physical TB, Rubella
    $80.00 – textbooks
    $125.00 – uniform, shoes, safety glasses (approximate costs)

    Student Fees:
    No registration fee
    $100.00 – uniform, shoes, safety glasses



    2014 Teacher of the Year

    Kathy O'Brien (Eden Area ROP) from ACOE on Vimeo.