Application Process

Applications for the 2024-2025 program year are now open! If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Deborah Martinez at dmartinez@santacruzcoe.org.

Step 1 - Review Program Requirements
Step 2 - Complete Participant Application
Step 3-  Student Interviews in May 

Applicants will be notified by June  15th of their application status. 
Note: Both the participant application and professional endorsement are required before the application is considered complete.

Important Dates

2024-2025
Applications Open: February 2024
Applications Close: May 2024
Interviews: May 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be required to attend the course orientation.

Yes- Once you have been confirmed into the program, all student will be required to attend the course orientation to learn about there requirements for the year. 

How much does the program cost?

The dental assisting program costs $6000. Students interested in financial assistance should contact WIOA as soon as you apply for the program.  For more information visit the WIOA  page or contact  Rita Medina at rmedina@santacruzcoe.org.






Do I need to attend all classes?

Yes-  It is important that participants commit to making all the classes in order to qualify for certificates of completion.  Certifications include Dental X-Ray, Infection Control and Dental Practice Act, CPR, Dental Assisting Certificate and the Cabrillo Career non-credit Career Skills Certificate. 

Will I need to pay for certification?

All certificates are included in your $6000 fee for the class.  In order to receive the certificates, students must complete all requirements. 


What materials will I need to bring to class 

Textbook and workbook will be included.   Free WIFI will be provided for students that would like to being personal devices. 


Are there exams/quizzes through the course?

Participants should expect a combination of hands on and written assessments to help prepare for certifications.


Will there be a uniform requirement for the class?

Uniforms are currently not covered under course fees.  Students are required to purchase a uniform for the course.


If I have further questions, who should I contact?

For additional information regrading the program, please contact  Debbie Martinez  at dmartinez@santacruzcoe.org.