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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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  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assistant
  • At American Career College, we provide hands-on training for students who are ready for change.
  • The diploma and associate programs offered at ACC can change the direction of your healthcare career.
  • 5 campus locations in Southern California and 13 programs in healthcare fields.
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Los Angeles
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  • 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.
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Chula Vista
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  • Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene
  • At West Coast University, your education can pave the way to your healthcare career
  • With West Coast University, you can choose to study healthcare online or any one of the 6 campuses located in California, Texas or Florida
  • West Coast University has developed programs with learning options to work around the demands of your life
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  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • 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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Bakersfield
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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National City
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  • Medical Assisting
  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Ontario
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  • 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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Hayward
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  • Medical Assistant
  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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More California Dental Assistant Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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