Dental Assisting

5510: Applied Technology Diploma in Dental Assisting Technology and Management (50 Credit Hours)

CIP: 51.0601
FL CIP: 0351060108
SOC: 31-9091

This is a limited access program. Please consult for information on limited access programs.

This program articulates into the Associate in Science degree for Dental Assisting Technology and Management. Completion of this program does not require General Education coursework. Application data is distributed at the free information sessions. These are held on a regular basis. Call 352-873-5817 for dates and times of information sessions or view at

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
• 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 TABE, Test of Adult Basic Education.
• Completion of the HESI, Health Education Systems Inc., with preference given to scores of 50 percent in math and 75 percent in reading.
• Completion and documentation of eight hours of chairside observation with a dental assistant.
• One-page paper on observation experience.
• Criminal background check.
• The Associate in Science also requires the CPT/PERT test for general educational courses.


The Dental Assisting program is designed to train individuals to perform as efficient dental professionals in a dental health environment. Students will gain exposure in various areas such as dental radiography, dental materials, chairside assisting and more. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board. The Dental Assisting program is 50 credits for a total of 1,230 contact hours.

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. For additional information regarding the Commission on Dental Accreditation, please consult the website at

View gainful employment information on this program at

For more information, view the Dental Assisting Information Packet at

Program Courses

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester I

DES 1020

Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy


DES 1030

Histology and Embryology


DEA 1805L

Dental Clinic Seminar


DEA 1806L

Clinic Practice I


BSC 1080

Basic Anatomy and Physiology


DES 1800

Introduction to Clinical Procedures


DES 1806L

Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab


DES 1600

Dental Office Emergencies



Semester Hours


Semester II

DES 1200

Dental Radiology


DES 1200L

Dental Radiology Lab


DES 1100

Dental Materials


DES 1100L

Dental Materials Lab


DES 1029

Dental Specialties


DEA 1855L

Clinic Practice II


DEA 1151

Dental Psychology and Communications


DEA 1135

Dental Microbiology


DES 1840

Preventative Dentistry



Semester Hours


Semester III

DES 2832C

Expanded Functions with Lab


DEA 2033

Oral Pathology


DES 1502

Dental Office Management


DES 1051

Dental Pharmacology


DEA 1856

Clinic III Seminar


DEA 1856L

Clinic Practice III



Semester Hours



Total Program Credit Hours



  • When more qualified students apply than can be accepted, those not accepted to the program are admitted to future classes.
  • It is necessary that students have reliable transportation to the assigned dental offices.
  • The student must be prepared to pay additional fees and purchase uniforms as mandated by program of learning.