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Fast Facts for Dental Assistants in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Hanford, Chico and Yuba City
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: San Francisco, Merced and San Diego
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Santa Ana, Riverside and San Diego

Salaries for Dental Assistants in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Santa Rosa, San Francisco and Oakland

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Programs
  • Dental Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Medical Office Specialist (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Medical Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Dedicated to providing career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
Programs
  • Medical Billing and Office Administration
  • Professional Medical Assistant
  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto and Redding in California, and Salem in Oregon.
Programs
  • Certificate - Dental Assistant
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Degree - Medical Assistant
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Visalia
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Programs
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
  • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
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San Jose
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Programs
  • Dental Assistant
  • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
  • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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Riverside
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Programs
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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Riverside
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Programs
  • Dental Assisting
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
  • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
  • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
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Long Beach
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Programs
  • Dental Assisting
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Offers medical and cosmetic programs, including dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, esthetics, and more.
  • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
  • Offers scholarship opportunities for students wo qualify.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
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Vacaville
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Programs
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
  • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
  • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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Panorama City
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Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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San Diego
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More California Dental Assistant Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Santa Maria
Associate
13,176
Norwalk
Associate
22,273
Rancho Cucamonga
Associate
18,736
Glendora
Associate
11,467
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
Alameda
Associate
5,979
Kentfield
Associate
6,476
San Mateo
Associate
10,516
Eureka
Associate
6,025
San Pablo
Associate
7,147
Cypress
Associate
13,592
Pleasant Hill
Associate
19,768
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
South Lake Tahoe
Associate
2,576
Los Angeles
Associate
17,204
Modesto
Associate
18,546
Monterey
Associate
9,238
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
Oxnard
Associate
6,803
San Marcos
Associate
27,222
Pasadena
Associate
26,672
Chula Vista
Associate
813
Reedley
Associate
12,158
Riverside
Associate
30,961
Sacramento
Associate
24,596
San Diego
Associate
21,437
Bakersfield
Associate
602
Fresno
Associate
675
Rancho Cordova
Associate
619
Visalia
Associate
892
San Jose
Associate
9,805
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Dental Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Dental Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Dental Assistants relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 950 $33,330
Chico 310 $42,900
El Centro 170 $33,930
Fresno 1280 $28,990
Hanford 140 $38,620
Corcoran 140 $38,620
Sacramento 2920 $38,660
Roseville 2920 $38,660
Arden 2920 $38,660
Arcade 2920 $38,660
Salinas 540 $39,520
Los Angeles 17010 $34,870
Long Beach 17010 $34,870
Anaheim 17010 $34,870
Madera 130 $38,820
Merced 260 $32,350
Modesto 570 $34,330
Napa 200 $44,560
Oxnard 1060 $38,350
Thousand Oaks 1060 $38,350
Ventura 1060 $38,350
Redding 310 $34,180
Riverside 4550 $31,680
San Bernardino 4550 $31,680
Ontario 4550 $31,680
San Diego 3570 $40,770
Carlsbad 3570 $40,770
Santa Rosa 660 $45,900
San Francisco 6650 $40,370
Oakland 6650 $40,370
Hayward 6650 $40,370
Stockton 770 $34,450
Lodi 770 $34,450
San Jose 3000 $46,850
Sunnyvale 3000 $46,850
Santa Clara 3000 $46,850
Vallejo 580 $43,750
Fairfield 580 $43,750
Visalia 350 $39,450
Porterville 350 $39,450
Yuba City 140 $39,690
San Luis Obispo 330 $39,960
Paso Robles 330 $39,960
Arroyo Grande 330 $39,960
Santa Cruz 350 $37,080
Watsonville 350 $37,080
Santa Maria 620 $45,410
Santa Barbara 620 $45,410

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