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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 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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  • Certificate - Dental Assistant
  • Certificate - Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • For more than 45 years, PMI has been dedicated to quality healthcare education
  • 17 campuses across 9 states including Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado & more
  • Accredited by the ABHES with multiple accreditations per specific program
  • Certificates, associates, and bachelor’s programs in leading healthcare fields
  • PMI offers financial aid to students who qualify for assistance
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San Marcos
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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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  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Offers accelerated programs w/ flexible schedules & professional instruction
  • Multiple accredited campuses across 9 states including CA, TX, NV, & PA
  • 10 + programs including Practical Nursing, Dental and Medical Assisting
  • Provides professional development training & career planning resources
  • Military Student Center (MSC) is committed to the success of military students
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Clovis
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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 Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Offers career programs in accounting, cosmetology, massage therapy, physical fitness training, and more.
  • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
  • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 11 campuses across California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho, as well as 8 additional Milan Institute of Cosmetology campuses.
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Sparks
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  • Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Began in 1909 as a single classroom in Los Angeles.
  • Offers no-cost dental clinic in Anaheim, where students gain experience by offering a selection of free dental services.
  • Involved in philanthropy, through partnerships with several organizations, such as the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (CINHC) and Shriner’s Hospital.
  • Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
  • Has 4 California campuses and 2 other campuses in Florida and Texas.
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Anaheim
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  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Offers a program that translates work and military experience into college credit, transfers in credit from other college programs, and offers the flexibility of day, evening and online coursework.
  • Provides in-person tutoring, IT support, access to library resources, and job placement assistant for graduates.
  • Features a new blended-learning curriculum, which involves a mix of campus and online courses.
  • Has 11 campuses across Southern California, Washington, and Alaska, and online courses with campus support. 
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Oxnard
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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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Cathedral City
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  • Allied Health Management - Bachelor of Science
  • Part of the Delta Career Education Corporation.
  • Each campus features a public spa and/or salon where students can gain real-world experience.
  • 17 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent colleges and Schools (ACICS), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Originally founded in 1916 in Wilmington, North Carolina by Judge Leon Motte.

More California Dental Assistant Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 950 $34,840
Chico 310 $41,750
El Centro 170 $36,160
Fresno 1280 $30,990
Hanford-Corcoran 140 $42,830
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 2920 $39,590
Salinas 540 $41,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 17010 $37,230
Madera 130 $40,820
Merced 260 $33,160
Modesto 570 $36,120
Napa 200 $42,960
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura 1060 $38,900
Redding 310 $36,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 4550 $32,970
San Diego-Carlsbad 3570 $41,560
Santa Rosa 660 $47,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 6650 $43,680
Stockton-Lodi 770 $35,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 3000 $47,840
Vallejo-Fairfield 580 $44,300
Visalia-Porterville 350 $39,870
Yuba City 140 $38,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande 330 $40,350
Santa Cruz-Watsonville 350 $39,110
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara 620 $45,120

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