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Dental Assisting (5649)

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Workforce Certificate

The Career

Dental assistants are versatile members of the dental health team who work alongside the dentist in providing patient care. The varying roles of the dental assistant include chairside assisting, front office management, and assisting in a dental specialty office.

The Program

This program provides students with the theoretical, practical and clinical skills necessary to get an entry-level position in a dental office, including dental basic sciences, dental radiographic techniques, dental materials, sterilization and infection control, chairside assisting, office management, dental specialties and expanded duties. The Dental Assisting Program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to offer certification in expanded duties and dental radiology. One class is admitted each August.


Your clinical rotations are scheduled in private dental offices and clinics, including specialty practices such as endodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

There is a desperate need for talented dental assistants. New protocols help us retain our natural teeth through longer lifetimes. Society’s emphasis on an attractive mouth has made dental care trendy as well as important, and dental assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2014, especially in Florida.

Annual Salaries

Full or part-time dental assistants average $8 to $12 an hour, with some earning more than $18 an hour.

Certification and Licensing

The Dental Assisting program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to prepare students for certification in expanded duties and dental radiology.

Application Deadline

August 1 of each year with classes starting in the fall. Students are accepted into the program (on a space available basis) until the first day of class. After that, students will need the written approval of the dental assisting instructor. Priority is given to students within the College’s service area.

Application Procedure

Submit the following:

  1. Official high school transcript/GED® test scores.
  2. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida’s designated exit score will be required to complete Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). (See Standards of Academic Progress.)
  3. Completion of application form for dental assisting program.
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Need More Information? Contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Smith, North Campus, (904) 766-6571


Total Contact Hours: 1,230
Total Workforce Credits: 40

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

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