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Foundations in Dental Assisting

About the Program

Get ready to kickstart a thriving dental career with JVS’s Foundations in Dental Assisting program. We have curated a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on key skills needed to jumpstart your dental career. As part of the program, participants will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice during a paid internship at a dental office.

Program Details

  • This program runs from July 8 through September 19 with mandatory orientations on July 2 and 3
  • This is an 11-week training including 5 weeks (up to 160 hours) of paid internship
  • This is a hybrid training model with 10 hours of self-study and 20 hours of live or virtual in-person training per week
  • Certificates included: Radiation Safety, Infection Control, BLS, Dental Practice Act


  • Must be a resident of San Francisco or Alameda Counties
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and interested in securing meaningful employment with opportunities for economic growth
  • Must be able to provide a U.S. high school diploma, GED, or equivalency with translation
  • Should have a valid authorization to work in the United States, such as U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or an employment authorization card
  • Must be available and present for the entire duration of the program
  • Must provide 3 volunteer patients for x-ray licensure exam
  • Must provide updated immunization record
  • Must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a current booster
  • Prior to applying, please review JVS’s full program eligibility requirements and FAQ

What You’ll Learn

What You’ll Learn
  • Fundamentals of oral anatomy, dental procedures, and dental diseases
  • Essential skills for chairside dental assisting
  • How to properly handle and maintain dental equipment and materials
  • Best practices to prevent and control infections
  • Clinical skills through hands-on experience at a dental clinic
  • X-rays and radiation safety training, including full mouth exposure on three patients, to be eligible for your x-ray licensure
  • Interpersonal and customer service best practices to foster positive patient interactions
  • Best practices in job searching, interview preparation, and crafting a high impact resume

Career Snapshot


As of 2022, the average wage range for Dental Assistants in CA is $19 – $25 per hour, with a 2021-2031 job growth projection of 20%.

Some possible career pathways for this occupation include:

  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Medical Equipment Preparer

Hiromi Alternate JVS Dental Assistant Headshot

JVS will provide you with a very professional education from the beginning to the end.

~ Hiromi, Registered Dental Assistant

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