3450 | Dental Assistant – OC

Apply to South Florida State College’s Dental Assisting program, and be ready to start classes this fall.

The 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 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 Practice 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
Orthodontics 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.

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