We accept applications from January 14 to April 19 for Fall semester enrollment.

All materials must be received in the Division office on the Main Campus (W-204) by April 19 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

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Selection Criteria


The following selection criteria will be used to determine admissions in the Dental Assistant Program

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 grade point average.
  2. Satisfactory completion of College level coursework, if attempted.
  3. Overall College Grade Point average of 2.0 or better, if college coursework has been completed.  

In the event that there are more qualified applicants than space available in the program, students will be randomly selected for entry after complying with all Federal and State Laws regarding program admissions.

Application Filing Period


Application forms are available from January 14th to April 19th for fall enrollment. 

Requirements to Apply


To be accepted to the Dental Assisting Program, you must:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 grade point average.
  • Satisfactory completion of College level coursework, if attempted.
  • Overall College Grade Point average of 2.0 or better, if college coursework has been completed.
  • Complete application for admissions to the Dental Assistant Program
  • Current CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) card, which must be maintained while in the program. CPR training can be obtained from the American Heart Association. 

How to Apply


1  Apply for admission to PCC

If you are not currently enrolled at PCC, you need to apply for admission to the college in addition to applying to the Dental Assisting program. Apply now to PCC .

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Dental Assisting program you need to submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • A completed Dental Assisting Application
  • One official U.S. high school transcript, GED certificate, or Equivalency Report from one of the college’s acceptable companies*
  • One official transcript of ALL U.S. colleges and universities attended, including Pasadena City College*
    *If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted into the program, the college’s Records Office will also require transcripts.

3   Submit Your Application Packet

Submit your completed application packet, you must mail or deliver it in person to the Health Sciences office on the main PCC campus. No copies or faxed applications will be accepted. 

Pasadena City College
Dental Assisting Program
Health Sciences Division W-204
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

All materials must be received in the Division office on the Main Campus (W-204) ) by April 19 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

Program Acceptance


The Health Sciences Division will inform you of the status of your application by email upon submission of all required documentation.

Upon selection to the program, you will be required to complete the following requirements:

  1. A current CPR/Basic Life Support card for Health Professionals provided by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross must be maintained while in the program. CPR training can be obtained from the American Heart Association and must be completed prior to the first day of classes.
  2. After acceptance into the program, submit a completed health questionnaire (provided with acceptance packet) evidencing good health including required immunizations/chest x-ray or Mantoux test prior to the first day of classes.
  3. Admission to and continuation in the Dental Assisting program requires you to maintain a grade of C (75%) or better in all required Dental Assisting courses.
  4. You must provide your own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.
  5. A selected uniform and adherence to the dress code is required (est. cost $500.00).
  6. Plan on additional supplies and equipment to be purchased in addition to textbooks and uniforms (est. cost $1,600.00 and $75.00 fee for ADA membership and is due the 1st day of class).
  7. Apply for Financial Aid by March 2nd (priority deadline).
  8. You must provide your own “patients” to meet the following required competencies: Radiology Full Mouth and Bitewings (6-7), Pit and Fissure Sealants (4), and Coronal Polish (3). Details will be discussed during orientation.

Transcript Evaluation


If you are a student with foreign transcripts, you must have your transcripts evaluated by one of the following three companies before applying:

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 | www.ierf.org

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 | http://www.acei-global.org/application-for-evaluation

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com


This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: www.collegescorecard.ed.gov.

This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.