This program prepares students to assist the dentist in all facets of the office. Local on-site dental clinic with an oral surgeon and a general dentist and dental offices provide chair-side experience. Activities include taking dental images, assisting at chair-side, and knowing sterilization procedures, business office procedures and inventory control. Students also learn to make temporary crowns and bridges and all expanded functions, as well as polishing teeth and oral healthcare education to include proper brushing and flossing techniques.
This occupation has an average wage of $18.13 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.
|Course #||OCP||Course Title||Hours|
|DEA0725||A||Introduction to Dental Assisting||90|
|DEA0726||B||Dental Infection Control Assistant||210|
|DEA0727||C||Dental Assistant 1||465|
|DEA0728||D||Dental Assistant 2||465|
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
After successfully completing this program, students receive a program Certificate of Completion that includes certification in Dental Radiology and Expanded Functions. Students then take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination. Graduates passing this exam will have earned the right to use the title Certified Dental Assistant. Graduates are eligible to apply into the AAS in Dental Assisting at selected colleges.