Dental Assisting

  •  dental Assisting

    Length 1,230 Hours
    Admissions Contact Arilee Still -
    Course Information Dawn Garcia - 727-893-2500 ext. 2573
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    Mission: The mission of this program is to prepare students for employment as dental assistants and dental auxiliaries and to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.

    Program H170106 consists of a planned sequence of courses.

    Introduction to Dental Assisting - Course DEA0725 (90 hours) – Instruction covers an introduction to the dental assisting profession, basic dental health care and safety procedures, legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental health care worker, employability, communications, and interpersonal skills, basic infection control, computer literacy, CPR, and First Aid.

    Dental Infection Control Assistant – Course DEA0726 (210 hours) – Content includes dental and general anatomy and terminology of clinical dentistry, infection control procedures, dental business office procedures, the proper use of dental instruments and equipment, and an introduction to clinical procedures.

    Dental Assisting, 1 of 2 – Course DEA0727 (465 hours) – Content includes patient information and assessment, functions of pharmacology and anesthesia as they relate to dentistry, dental office emergencies and their prevention, dental materials, dental laboratory skills, radiology, oral health and preventive dentistry, an introduction to specialty procedures, and participation in clinical activities.

    Dental Assisting, 2 of 2 – Course DEA0728 (465 hours) – Content includes dental specialty procedures, assisting in comprehensive dental care, and expanded functions for the State of Florida.

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    SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: A high school diploma or a GED is required for this program. Specific health occupations admission guidelines (immunizations, drug screening, background check, etc.) are available in Student Services.

    Distance Education:  The Dental Assisting program currently provides the option of distance learning for the first 90 hours of curriculum - Introduction to Dental Assisting.  For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.

    Articulation Agreement(s):

    • St. PetersburgCollege Dental Hygiene, A.S. Degree
    • Pinellas County Schools Centers for Wellness and Medical Professions
    • Statewide Industry Certification - Certified Dental Assistant to Dental Assisting Technology and Management, A.A.S./A.S. Degree

    Program Accreditation:  The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; the Commission's web address is:

    Industry Certification(s):

    • Florida Expanded Duties
    • Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

    Related Links:

    Dental Assisting National Board -
    American Dental Assistants Association -
    Florida Dental Association -
    Guide to Dental Careers -

    Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  70%

    Minimum Attendance Requirement:  80%

    Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-10, Math-10, and Language-10.

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    Program length and costs are approximate, and subject to change.

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