Dental Assisting

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

CIP: 51.0601
FL CIP: 0351060108
SOC: 31-9091
Entry Wage: $13.95/hour

This is a limited access program which 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 CF.edu/health.

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 http://www.ada.org/117.aspx .

View gainful employment information on this program at http://www.cf.edu/departments/instruction/workforce/gainfulemployment/5510.htm.

For more information, view the Dental Assisting Information Packet at http://www.cf.edu/departments/instruction/dental_info_packet.pdf

Program Courses

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester I

DES 1020

Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy

3

DES 1030

Histology and Embryology

1

DEA 1805L

Dental Clinic Seminar

1

DEA 1806L

Clinic Practice I

2

BSC 1080

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

DES 1800

Introduction to Clinical Procedures

3

DES 1806L

Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab

1

DES 1600

Dental Office Emergencies

1

 

Semester Hours

15

Semester II

DES 1200

Dental Radiology

2

DES 1200L

Dental Radiology Lab

1

DES 1100

Dental Materials

2

DES 1100L

Dental Materials Lab

1

DES 1029

Dental Specialties

1

DEA 1855L

Clinic Practice II

6

DEA 1151

Dental Psychology and Communications

1

DEA 1135

Dental Microbiology

1

DES 1840

Preventative Dentistry

2

 

Semester Hours

17

Semester III

DES 2832C

Expanded Functions with Lab

2

DEA 2033

Oral Pathology

3

DES 1502

Dental Office Management

3

DES 1051

Dental Pharmacology

2

DEA 1856

Clinic III Seminar

1

DEA 1856L

Clinic Practice III

7

 

Semester Hours

18

 

Total Program Credit Hours

50

Note:

  • When more qualified students apply than can be accepted, those not accepted to the program are admitted to future classes.
  • Federal criminal background check is required for admission. Persons who have a criminal record may not be eligible for admission to any CF Health Sciences program, including Dental Assisting.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, a medical examination and proof of immunizations are required.
  • All students are responsible for their own health/hospitalization insurance. Professional liability insurance is included in college fees.
  • It is necessary that students have reliable transportation to the assigned dental offices.
  • All students are required to have CPR certification before class begins.
  • The student must be prepared to pay additional fees and purchase uniforms as mandated by program of learning.