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 11 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 I40
Preclinical Orientation I Lab30
Orofacial and Dental Anatomy43
Dental Radiography Techniques32
Dental Radiography Techniques Lab48
Office Emergencies32
Introduction to Clinical Procedures32
Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab48
Expanded Functions I20
Expanded Functions I Lab16
Preventive Dentistry36
First Year: Spring Term
Preclinical Orientation II40
Preclinical Orientation II Lab30
Allied Dental Theory64
Clinical Practic I32
Clinical Practice I Lab216
Nitrous Oxide Monitoring32
Elements of Dental Materials30
Elements of Dental Materials Lab30
Expanded Functions II Lab24
Summer Term
Clinical Practice II24
Clinical Practice II Lab246
Orthodonitics for Dental Auxiliary32
Dental Office Management48

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

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.

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