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January 30, 2024 - March 7, 2024  (Hybrid Program)

Tuesdays (in person) 6:00-8:00pm; Thursdays (online) 6:00-8:00pm

 $99 Registration

What is a Dental Rover: Sterilization Technician?

Dental Rovers are an integral part of every dental team as they support dentists and Registered Dental Assistants to increase the efficiency of the dental office. Dental Rovers are responsible for general clinic administrative work and maintenance, as well as completing lab work under the direction of the dentist and working in tandem with Registered Dental Assistants. The Dental Assistant Rover’s primary responsibility is to prepare the examination rooms for appointments by sterilizing instruments and ensuring all necessary equipment is ready for the dentist. They also assist the dentist during their procedures by handing them instruments and anticipating their needs throughout the appointment. The Dental Assistant Rover may also be responsible for greeting patients as they arrive.  If you have strong communication skills, appreciate problem solving, enjoy working with your hands, and can handle responsibility, a career as a Dental Rover may be right for you!

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The Dental Rover Program at Cañada College at Menlo Park


Dental Rover Program Overview

Cañada College Continuing Education and San Mateo Adult & Career Education (San Mateo Adult School) have partnered to offer the Dental Rover: Sterilization Techician Program, taught by licensed instructor Ana De La O. Through this 6 week program, students will prepare to start a career as a Dental Rover: Sterilization Technician. Students who register will receive in depth training about dental anatomy, infection control and training, sterilization practices, dental chairside procedures, and more. This program includes in person labs at the San Mateo Adult and Career Education Campus so students can work with dental materials and tools in a hands on immersive experience. Once completed, students will earn a certificate from Cañada College at Menlo Park, and will be ready for externship opportunities, Dental Rovers who are interested in furthering their career, can enroll in College of San Mateo’s Dental Assistant Program which prepares them for the state Registered Dental Assistant exam.

Externship Opportunities Available!

Students who complete the Dental Rover Program will be connected with our employer network of Bay Area dental offices for a 2 week externship opportunity! The externship opportunity is optional, however is strongly recommended to earn on the job experience as a Dental Rover. Participating students will be able to add the externship experience to their resume's, and stay in contact with the externship employers for possible job opportunities upon completion. The instructor will inform you of participating dental office locations for externships before the end of the program.


In this class students will learn...

  • Hands on experience with dental instruments
  • Dental anatomy
  • Sterilization processes & techniques
  • Basic introduction to electronic charting
  • Infection control training
  • Preparation and Assisting of various chairside procedures
  • Front desk practices
  • Establishing patient consent & patient etiquette
  • ...and more!
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Student Requirements

  • Students are required to have a valid COVID Vaccination Card to attend the in person labs at San Mateo Adult School
  • High School Diploma and GED are recommended but not required 
  • Be fluent in conversational english
  • Must be comfortable with basic algebraic math skills
  • Must have a working computer, internet access, and basic calculator 
  • Must be able to attend lab sessions located at San Mateo Adult & Career Education Campus: 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo 94401

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