Seven of the Dental Assisting Graduates

SFSC honored nine graduates of its Dental Assisting program in a pinning ceremony in the SFSC University Center Auditorium on Thursday, July 12. Receiving their pins were Petra Calderon, Soraya Castillo Diela Darceus, Lissette Hernandez, Shalonda Jordan, Jennifer Lopez, Lisset Paulino, Naseana Sullivan, and Taylor Tompkins. 

To open the ceremony, Dr. Deborah Milliken, chair of SFSC’s Dental Education program, recited the short poem, “We Made It,” by Ron Atchison. The poem was written on the first day of the new millennium. Dr. Milliken went on to congratulate the dental assisting graduates on behalf of herself and the faculty. 

Keynote speaker was Dr. Stefani Allison, a dentist whose general practice is based in Winter Haven and provides clinical experience for SFSC dental assisting students. Dr. Allison spoke with graduates on the importance of their role as an assistant within a dental practice. She urged the graduates to find a workplace that treats them with the respect they deserve and bolsters them in their lifelong learning.  

Upon completing the Dental Assisting program, graduates can work as Certified Dental Assistants by passing the Dental Assisting National Board examination and qualifying for the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certification as well as Orthodontic Assistant Certification. All nine dental assisting graduates have received Florida Orthodontic Certification. 

SFSC also offers a two-year Associate in Science degree program in dental hygiene. Upon completing this program, graduates become dental hygienists by passing the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and the Florida State Clinical Licensure Examination. 

For more information on the dental programs at SFSC, call 863-453-6661 or visit Dental Education.