2018 - 2019 Catalog

Entry Level Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

Program Objective

The program will provide the student with the understanding of the structure and operation of the dental office, general anatomy of the head and neck, dental disease and transmission, infection control, diagnostic procedures, dental materials, instrumentation, four handed dentistry, OSHA compliances and other aspects associated with the clinical aspect of dentistry.  The students will, upon completion, have the skills necessary to work in dental offices as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant.

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Program Description

This program offers instruction in all requirements for a basic understanding of dentistry and proficiency of the fundamental tasks delegated to the dental assistant by a licensed dentist in the state of Florida.  Upon completion of this program students are given a certificate to document completion of the fundamentals program.  Program runs approximately 12 weeks and is held for 8 hours per week.  Students participate in a mix of lecture and hands-on training in a dental clinic using the materials and methods they learn in lecture.  This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting using the treatment rooms, laboratory, x-ray facilities, and office area. During the lecture portion the student views slides presented by an instructor. There is time for questions, answers, and review. The second part of the class focuses on learning and practicing skills utilizing office treatment rooms, Labs, and equipment.

Credential Issued

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate; awarded with satisfactory completion of all program work and state certification exam (written and clinical) with a 75% or higher.

Radiology Certificate; awarded with satisfactory completion of all program work and state certification exam (written and clinical) with a 75% or higher. Student will need to be under the supervision of a licensed State of Florida Dentist for three (3) months, prior to submitting their application of completion to receive radiology certification.

Classroom format

Training is offered in 8 terms throughout the year.  Each term runs 12 weeks. The classes are held once a week on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Students participate in a mix of lecture and laboratory-hands on training in a dental clinic, using the materials and methods they learn in lecture. This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting using the treatment rooms, laboratory, x-ray facilities, and office area. During the lecture portion the student views slides presented by an instructor. There is time for questions, answers, and review. The second part of the class focuses on learning and practicing skills utilizing office treatment rooms, Lab, and equipment.

Length of Program

The program runs for twelve (12) consecutive weeks on Saturdays from the hours of 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. with an hour for lunch.  Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-10:00pm with two, ten-minute breaks at instructors’ discretion.

Florida Dental Assistant Training Schools offers eight program starts per academic year.  Please refer to Enrollment Agreement for dates.

NOTE: All programs provide an overview of and introduction to the topics taught. The objective of each program is to provide vocabulary used in the dental office, demonstrate tasks performed, and allow students to practice these skills. These are short programs and are not intended to cover the subject matter in-depth. Each session is 8 hours in length. The sequence of programs is shown in the order given. The pre-requisite for each program is satisfactorily completing the one preceding it with a 75% or higher. Total length of program is 176 clock hours. One clock hour represents minimum of 50-minute period of direct instruction with a ten-minute break.

Clock Hours

  • 36 Theory Hours  

  • 60 Lab Hours

  • 80 Externship Hours

  • 176 Total Hours

Summer A – Monday/Wednesday evening 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday July 15, 2019 thru Wednesday October 9, 2019
Summer B- Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday July 20, 2019 thru Saturday October 12, 2019
Fall A - Monday/Wednesday evening 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday October 21, 2019 thru Wednesday January 22, 2020
Fall B - Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday October 26, 2019 thru January 25, 2020
Winter A- Monday/Wednesday evening 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday February 3, 2020 thru Wednesday April 29, 2020
Winter B- Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday February 8, 2020 thru Saturday May 2, 2020
Spring A- Monday/Wednesday evening 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday May 4, 2020 thru Wednesday July 20, 2020
Spring B- Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday May 9, 2020 thru Saturday July 25, 2020

***All dates are subject to change. Enrollment needs to be completed one week prior to term start date. Make-up days will be scheduled if a recognized national holiday falls on a scheduled class date within one week of missed class.

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