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Dental Careers for Adults

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2024-2025 School Year Class Information

Class informational sessions about the Fall 2024 cohort will be held at Encina High School this spring for adults interested in this program. Please continue to check back on this page as information about these sessions will be posted soon!

Course Registration Information

Course: Dental Careers for Adults

Fee:  $2,050 (does not include the Dental Radiation Safety course below) **

Instructor:  Darren Law

Class Dates: August 15, 2024 to June 10, 2025

Class Days:  Monday-Friday

Class Time:  9:00am to 12:00pm

Location:  Encina High School, Room E2

Registration Link:  CLICK HERE

Space is limited and enrollment is on a First-Come, First-Served basis. 

Course: Dental Radiation and Safety Certification Course

Fee:  $500 **

Instructor:  Darren Law

Class Dates: Spring 2025 (TBD)

Class Days:  TBD

Class Time: TBD

Location:  Encina High School, Room E2

Registration Links: Links will be available late fall 2024

Space is limited and enrollment is on a First-Come, First-Served basis.  

** A payment plan is available. During registration, you will be given the option to either pay the tuition in full or set up a payment plan contract and register for the class.  You are not considered enrolled until payment is received.  For the payment plan, half of the tuition is due at registration using a credit or debit card only.  The remainder of the tuition is due in monthly installments until paid in full.  

Course Description

The San Juan Unified School District’s Dental Careers CTE Program is a two-semester program focused on dental assisting and careers in the dental field. Dental Careers is a ten-month program which begins in August and ends in June. The course is taught on the Encina Preparatory High School’s campus in room E-2. Certifications earned during the program include:

  • Eight Hour Infection Control

  • California Dental Practice Act (DPA)

  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Healthcare Provider Level of CPR

All certificates earned during the Dental Careers CTE Program are required by the Dental Board of California for entry level employment as an unlicensed Dental Assistant (DA) and for qualification to take California’s state board examination to become a licensed Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

Dental core and operating procedures taught during the Dental Careers Program include, but are not limited to dental anatomy, restorative and periodontal charting, names and functions of dental hand instruments and equipment, sterilization, disinfection, operatory preparation, performing four-handed dentistry, and assisting the dentist throughout routine dental procedures.

The Dental Radiation and Safety Certification Program is a separate course which is taught during the second semester for an additional fee of $500.00.  Students enrolled in the Dental Careers CTE Program will be required to take the Dental Radiation Safety Program while attending an internship.  

Dental Careers CTE Program fees include:

  • Textbooks

  • Laboratory Materials

  • Certifications

For specific questions regarding this class, please contact the instructor, Darren Law, directly at: