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Dental Assistant with Externship

The Dental Assistant training program provides you with all the learning and hands-on practice you’ll need to become certified and succeed as a dental assistant. Dental assistants are a crucial component to a properly functioning dental office. They cover a wide range of responsibilities and contribute to the patient’s overall care. Here are a few key tasks:

  • Assist the dentist during dental procedures
  • Sterilize instruments
  • Take dental impressions
  • Manage office records, including billing and paperwork
  • Greet and care for patients
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments
  • Instruct patients on proper oral care
  • And more

To apply to the Dental Assistant with Externship program at CSU Bakersfield, in partnership with CareerStep, complete the following steps:

  • Navigate to the CSUB/CareerStep website
  • Click the ENROLL ONLINE button
  • Continue to CHECKOUT
  • Fill in required fields
  • Complete payment information or make payment arrangements

Need help enrolling? Call (888) 657-5752

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Meet one of the following requirements:

    • High school diploma

    • General Education Development (GED) Certificate

    • Pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test

The Dental Assistant with Externship costs $3,999.

We understand that one of the biggest concerns tied to furthering your education is how to pay for it. To help, CSU Bakersfield and Career Step offer low tuition prices that provide big payoffs. We've also designed multiple tuition payment plans, allowing you to choose the funding option that best fits your needs.

We currently offer:

  • A discount when you choose to pay your tuition in a single payment
  • An interest-free, 3-month payment plan
  • A low interest, 12-month payment plan

For more information on tuition and funding options, please contact us at (877) 225-7151.

Note: Program is not eligible for FAFSA-based financial aid.


  • Introduction to Dental Assisting 12
  • Dental Ethics 8
  • Oral Embryology and Histology 9
  • Tooth Morphology 10
  • Disease and Infection Transmission 11
  • Principles and Techniques of Instrument
  • Processing and Sterilization 10
  • Dental Caries 10
  • Principles of Pharmacology 9
  • Dental Hand Instruments 10
  • Foundations of Radiology, Radiographic
  • Equipment, and Radiologic Safety 11
  • Preventative Dentistry 10
  • Intraoral Imaging 11
  • Chemical Waste Management 9
  • Vital Signs 10
  • Assisting in Medical Emergencies 7
  • Midterm Exam 4
  • Head and Neck Anatomy 1
  • Landmarks of the Face and Oral Cavity 6
  • Anesthesia and Pain Control 6
  • Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials 7
  • Dental Liners, Bases and Bonding Systems 10
  • Impression Materials 10
  • General Dentistry 8
  • Coronal Polishing 10
  • Provisional Coverage 9
  • Fixed Prosthesis 10
  • Endodontics 10
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 11
  • Orthodontics 9
  • Financial Management in the Dental Office 12
  • Externship 120


The Dental Assistant with Externship program is completely online and provided by our partner, CareerStep. Once you are registered with CareerStep, your password and access information will be emailed to you. Through the CareerStep portal you will have access to:

  • Readings
  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes / tests
  • Technical support
  • Discussion boards
  • One-on-one help from instructors
  • Additional resources

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