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
|Preclinical Orientation I||40|
|Preclinical Orientation I Lab||30|
|Orofacial and Dental Anatomy||43|
|Dental Radiography Techniques||32|
|Dental Radiography Techniques Lab||48|
|Introduction to Clinical Procedures||32|
|Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab||48|
|Expanded Functions I||20|
|Expanded Functions I Lab||16|
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|
|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.
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.
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.