Become a Dental Assistant on the Central Coast

Dental Assistant Bootcamp

April 16 – May 16, 2024
Online and in-person
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

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4-Week Program

No Experience Needed

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Brighten Your Future

Dental assistants are needed in SLO County. Learn how you can start a new career.

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Dental Assistants are In-Demand in SLO County and the Central Coast

Local dentists are looking for assistants to join their teams and meet the needs of patients in our community. Enroll now in our 4-week training program and kickstart your career in the rewarding field of dentistry.

Average local wages are $20-$25/hr for dental assistants. Once you’re hired, you can get licensed to become a Registered Dental Assistant with wages averaging $25-$30/hr.

2024 Bootcamp Schedule

  • Introduction to Dental Assisting
  • Common Procedures
  • Chairside Assisting/Dental Practice Act
  • Resume Building/Interview Skills
  • Module Worknight
  • Oral Hygiene/Career Paths
  • (Saturday) Infection Control
  • Module Worknight
  • BLS
  • Customer Service
  • Job Fair

See course description below.

Hear from Dental Assistants in SLO County

Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant

Why Become a Dental Assistant?


Registered Dental Assistant


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Dental Assistant Bootcamp Graduate


Dental Assistant Bootcamp Graduate


Dental Assistant Bootcamp Graduate


Dental Assistant Bootcamp Graduate

What Our Graduates Have to Say

Marlena Lewis

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"Without SLO Partners I would have never known these jobs existed in SLO county, or have been considered qualified for any of these positions."

Eric Liu

IT/Cyber Security Graduate

"These are the tools that will carry you throughout your career."

Annie Zwarg

Digital Marketing Graduate

"Take a chance and invest in your future. The sooner you can learn these skills the better."

Carrie Wentzel

Precision Manufacturing Graduate, Mantis Composites

"This class has been a great opportunity to explore new paths in my life."

Conner Stennet

Coding Graduate, Gaine Technology

"Getting decent pay and getting rewarded for your hard work is the most exciting thing for me."

Royce Ferriday

Precision Manufacturing Graduate, ES Aero

"Finding the SLO Partners Precision Manufacturing course was like gold."

Stephanie Stampher

Coding Graduate, SoCreate

"Don't let anything hold you back! Just go for it!"

Lindsay Nakamura

Coding Graduate

"Take that first step. If I can do it, anyone can do it."

James Michie

Precision Manufacturing Graduate

"It's a great program and a great way to get a head of household-type job without incurring student loan debt."

Course Descriptions

Customer Service
The purpose of this course is to provide expectations and standards for interacting with dental patients, coworkers, and everyone you may interact with in the course of your job.
Dental Practice Act
The purpose of this course is to serve as a guideline for dentists, orthodontists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other professionals in the dental field who are working in the state of California. The course is to inform about the rules and regulations for safely and legally practicing dentistry in accordance with the California Dental Practice Act.
CPR/Basic Life Support
The AHA's BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.
Infection Control
The course will provide students with basic concepts, step-by-step procedures, and the current regulatory aspects related to infection control and office safety.


Why become a dental assistant?

If you’re interested in starting a stable career with regular hours in a rewarding career, becoming a dental assistant is an excellent starting point. Dental assistants play a crucial role in patient care and work closely with dentists during procedures and can be an entry to additional career opportunities.

What is the job outlook and salary?

Dental assistants are in high demand, especially on the Central Coast. Starting pay: $20-$25 per hour. With additional training, you can become a Registered Dental Assistant and earn $25-$30 per hour.

What are the career benefits?

Variety: Dental assistants handle diverse tasks.
Flexibility: Enjoy options for full- or part-time positions.
Superior working conditions: Work in a clean, pleasant, people-oriented environment.
Personal satisfaction: Experience fulfillment from one-on-one patient interactions.

What does a dental assistant do?

Dental assistants provide essential support to dentists, including:
Patient care assistance.
Dental instrument cleaning and preparation.
X-rays and lab tasks under dentist supervision.
Maintaining dental records.
Scheduling appointments and assisting with billing.

What does a day in the life of a dental assistant look like?

Work with dentists, hygienists, and patients.
Provide chair-side support.
Prepare instruments and equipment.
Document patient medical history and vital signs.
Explain dental hygiene to patients and ensure their comfort.

What are the necessary skills needed to become a dental assistant?

Soft Skills:
Be friendly and personable
Good communication skills
Dedication and reliability
Interest in learning

Technical Skills (Get at our bootcamp):
Infection Control certification
Dental Practice Act.
Effective communication as part of a team

Embark on a fulfilling career journey as a dental assistant. Join our bootcamp to gain the skills needed for success in this dynamic and rewarding field. Complete the online application form to register for our upcoming bootcamp.

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