3450 | Dental Assistant – OC

South Florida State College’s Dental Assistant occupational certificate program prepares students to work alongside a dentist and be a versatile member of a health care team. Students master theoretical, practical, and clinical skills including dental basic sciences, radiographic techniques, sterilization and disease control, chair-side assisting, office management, dental specialties, and expanded duties. Graduates receive certification in expanded duties and orthodontic assisting.

The Dental Assistant program takes about 16 months to complete. Students become Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) by passing the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination.

The Dental Assistant program covers these topics:

First Year: Fall Term
 Contact Hours
Preclinical Orientation I 40
Preclinical Orientation I Lab 30
Orofacial and Dental Anatomy 43
Dental Radiography Techniques 32
Dental Radiography Techniques Lab 48
Office Emergencies 32
Introduction to Clinical Procedures 32
Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab 48
Expanded Functions I 20
Expanded Functions I Lab 16
Preventive Dentistry 36
First Year: Spring Term
Preclinical Orientation II 40
Preclinical Orientation II Lab 30
Allied Dental Theory 64
Clinical Practic I 32
Clinical Practice I Lab 216
Nitrous Oxide Monitoring 32
Elements of Dental Materials 30
Elements of Dental Materials Lab 30
Expanded Functions II Lab 24
Summer Term
Clinical Practice II 24
Clinical Practice II Lab 246
Orthodonitics for Dental Auxiliary 32
Dental Office Management 48

Students must maintain a 70 percent in each Dental Assistant course. Students achieving less than 70 percent are dropped from the program.

How to Apply

This checklist explains the steps for applying to the Dental Assistant program and includes links to the forms you will need to complete the application process.

Student Safety Measures

During the dental assisting program, students may be exposed to hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases and ionizing radiation. Program policies are in place to protect the student and patient from harm. The curriculum provides specific instruction on taking standard precautions; wearing gloves, masks, goggles and protective clothing to protect from infectious diseases. Students also follow safety procedures to minimize the risk associated with the use of x-ray machines.