Dental Assisting

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The Dental Assisting program is designed to train individuals to perform as efficient dental professionals in a dental health environment.  Students will gain exposure to various areas such as dental radiography, dental materials, chair-side assisting, infection control and more.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board. The program is 50 credits for a total of 1,230 contact hours and is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. 

Dental Assisting programs are limited access.

A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements. Limited access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted.

Criteria for Application

  • Attendance at an in-person Information Session.
  • High school diploma.
  • Admission to the College of Central Florida.
  • Application to the Dental Assisting program.
  • Minimum scores of 10 in each area (language, reading and math) of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  • Completion of the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB-RN).
  • Completion and documentation of eight hours of chair-side observation with a dental assistant.
  • One-page paper on observation experience.
  • The Associate in Science also requires the PERT/ACT/SAT test for general educational courses.

Gainful Employment information: Dental Assisting, 5510

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