Admissions Process for Dental Assistant Program

South Florida State College’s Dental Assistant program is a limited access program that accepts 12 students once a year in the fall term. Applicants must submit separate applications to SFSC and to the Dental Assistant program. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their records are complete in the Admissions Office and are not considered until all records are provided.

South Florida State College Admissions Requirements

Complete these requirements through the SFSC Admissions Office.
Complete the Application for Admission to South Florida State College and pay the non-refundable application fee.
Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or equivalent, verifying that you have graduated from high school. Each transcript must come directly from your school to the SFSC Admissions Office via the mail or by electronic transfer.
Submit the official transcript from each college in which you attended credit courses.
Complete any developmental courses you are required to take. This is determined by your results on your college placement test.
Demonstrate that you have achieved competency in basic computer skills in one of four ways:
1. Received a passing grade in a computer course on a high school transcript
2. Received a grade of C or higher in a college-level computer course
3. Completed Introduction to Microcomputer using Windows during the Dental Assistant program
4. Have verified experiential credit
If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be disqualified from admission to the Dental Assistant program. Before you proceed with completing prerequisite courses and other pre-admission requirements, read material on Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions so that you may determine whether state laws allow you to work as a health care provider.

Dental Assistant Program Application Process

Provide proof that you have received the minimum TABE scores: 10 – Mathematics; 10 – Reading; 10-Language.
Meet with your academic advisor in the Advising and Counseling Center to request a signed PDF of the Health Sciences Advising Referral Form: Dental Assistant 3450. Your advisor will send this to you by email.
Complete a PDF of the Verification of Time Spent Observing or Working in a Dental Office or Clinic for a minimum of 16 hours. You will upload this form during the online application process.

Requirements After Acceptance to the Dental Assistant Program

Candidates are notified by email of their acceptance in the Dental Assistant program. Once you are accepted, you must complete the following forms and submit them to the Health Sciences specialist, located in the Health and Science Education Center, Room 133. A background check will be scheduled before you can register for fall classes.
Complete and submit the Dental Assistant Health Forms.
Once you have submitted all paperwork, the Health Sciences specialist will provide you with a registration referral form to take to Advising and Counseling and register for classes.

Selection Criteria

The following are specific criteria that will be used when selecting students for the Dental Assistant Program:

  1. GED, high school diploma, or college degree or minimum of TABE scores: Math – 10; Reading – 10, and Language – 10
  2. Documentation of residence in Highlands, DeSoto, Hardee, or Polk county for one year immediately prior to the time of application.
  3. Verification from a licensed dentist, substantiating completion of at least 16 hours of observation, or work experience.

Selection Process

Acceptance to the Dental Assistant program is competitive. Selection criteria is explained in the College Catalog. SFSC reserves the right to deny admission to anyone who lacks the required qualifications. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance because they have completed their application package or met the minimum requirements for admission. Candidates must reapply if they wish to be considered for a subsequent class. Each class is selected from a new applicant pool.

Advanced Standing

If you apply to SFSC’s Dental Assistant Program and have attended a Dental Assistant Program at an accredited community college or university in the state of Florida, you may be admitted to the Dental Assistant Program with advanced standing credit. Dental Assistant courses with DES prefixes and the last three digits are automatically transferable. The Dental Assistant Program Director determines if the course or courses (whether from a state of Florida Dental Assistant Program or an out of state Dental Assistant Program) are the same in content and credit hour(s) as those offered at SFSC. A grade of C or higher must be earned for each course equivalent.

General Information

The Dental Assistant program has a strict attendance policy. Students who have excessive absences are dropped from the program. Excessive absences are missing from 10 percent or more of scheduled class contact hours with a grade average of less than 75 percent; or being absent from 15 percent or more scheduled class contact, regardless of the grade. If you have life or health conditions that may hinder your attendance, you should consider another program or delay your application until you can make a strong commitment to attending classes.

Applicants must submit to a Level 2 Fingerprinting Background Check before being admitted into the Dental Assistant program. Some providers of clinical experiences do not allow people with certain types of criminal history into their facilities, which would cause students not to be able to complete clinical portions of the program. 

SFSC is a drug-free campus. Dental Assistant students are required to submit to random drug testing.

Computer literacy must be demonstrated prior to graduation.

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Award Year2010-2011   2011-2012
Students Completing Program*08
Program Costs:  
  Tuition and Fees$4,829.10$5,127.40
  Books and Supplies$2,699.00$2,699.00
Debt at Program Completion:  
  Median of Federal Loans$0.00$0.00
  Median of Private Loans$0.00$0.00
Program Completion in Normal Time:  
  Normal Program Length16 months16 months
  Students Completing in Normal TimeNA87.50%
Job Placement Rate for Completers:NA86%
NA – Data Not Available  
* – Completers data based on fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)


1,230 contact hours / 41 occupational credits