Curriculum and Requirements

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as dental assistants and dental auxiliaries. The program meets all competencies required by the Florida Department of Education for Dental Assistants.  Graduates are eligible for employment as dental assistants with expanded functions and radiography skills.

Program Code: APP-DA

Prerequisite Requirements:

This program requires passing a manual dexterity test at a minimum level of 60 percent; the test is offered at a PHSC Career Assessment and Testing Office.

CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association, "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers", is a requirement of this program.

Session I

Hours: 10 (300 clock hours)

Session II

Hours: 13.5 (405 clock hours)

Session III

Hours: 17.5 (525 clock hours)

Total Technical Credits: 41 (1,230 clock hours)

Special Program Requirements:

A grade of "C" or higher and a grade of "Pass" must be earned in each course in order to continue in the program. Courses may be repeated only on the recommendation of the dental faculty, dental programs co-coordinator and the dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus, and if space is available. Form IIN-27 must be completed by the Dental Assisting program faculty for program/course re-entry. In order to receive a certificate, students must obtain satisfactory scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Form 9 or 10) with a minimum 10th grade level score in reading, language and mathematics. An associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university also will satisfy the TABE requirements.