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Dental Assisting

Mission

The mission of this program is to enlighten, challenge and prepare students for a career and profession in dental assisting. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Description

Students must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED to enroll. This program prepares the student for employment as a dental assistant in a dental practice or dental clinic.

Training includes but is not limited to dental office and patient management, basic dental laboratory procedures, dental and general anatomy, dental terminology, nutrition, dental instrument and equipment utilization, microbiology, dental pharmacology and anesthesia, chair-side assisting and expanded functions, dental office emergencies/CPR, dental radiography, maintenance and asepsis of dental operatory and instrumentation, dental specialty procedures, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills, ethics and legal issues, dental materials and preventive dentistry. Students may be exposed to hazardous materials, and infectious diseases.

Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points. OCPs provide a student with early completion training options linked to employment opportunities established by the Florida Department of Education based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and accepted industry titles.

Academic Skill Level Required to Complete the Program.

Grade 10 math, language and reading.

H170106 OCP Postsecondary Program of Study 1230 Hrs
DEA0725 A Introduction to Dental Assisting 90
DEA0726 B Dental Infection Control Assistant 210
DEA0727 C Dental Assistant (1) 465
DEA0728 Dental Assistant (2) 465

Industry Certification/Licensure

Graduates receive the Florida Expanded Functions Certificate. Graduates are required to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination for certification to be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB)

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

Articulation

Upon successful completion of this program, students enrolling in an AS degree program are eligible to be awarded articulated credits at:

Valencia College:

  • Dental Hygiene AS degree – 9 credits

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