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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 22, 2019
 
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] [Archived Catalog]

Dental Assisting (5649) (W.C.)


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Workforce Certificate

Mission/Purpose

The mission of the Dental Assisting workforce certificate program is to create competent, ethical, confident entry-level dental assistants who are prepared to immediately seek employment in dental offices in Northeast Florida and beyond. This is accomplished with a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction at the College and clinical instruction in private dental offices and clinics in the vicinity. A primary goal of the program is to instill in our graduates a commitment to professional development through life-long learning and service to the community.

The Program

This program provides students with the theoretical, practical and clinical skills necessary to get an entry-level position in a dental office, including dental basic sciences, dental radiographic techniques, dental materials, sterilization and infection control, chairside assisting, office management, dental specialties and expanded functions. The Dental Assisting Program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to offer certification in expanded functions and dental radiology. One class is admitted each August. 

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.

The Career

Dental assistants are versatile members of the dental health team who work alongside the dentist in providing patient care. The varying roles of the dental assistant include chairside assisting, front office management, and assisting in a dental specialty office.

Internships/Rotations

Your clinical rotations are scheduled in private dental offices and clinics, including specialty practices such as endodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

There is a desperate need for talented dental assistants. New protocols help us retain our natural teeth through longer lifetimes. Society's emphasis on an attractive mouth has made dental care trendy as well as important, and dental assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2014, especially in Florida*.

Accreditation

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

Certification and Licensing

The Dental Assisting program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to prepare students for certification in expanded functions and dental radiology.

Application Deadline

August 1 of each year with classes starting in the fall.

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

Students are accepted into the program (on a space available basis) until the first day of class. After that, students will need the written approval of the dental assisting instructor. Priority is given to students within the College's service area.

Application Procedure

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida's designated exit score will be required to complete the Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See the Standards of Academic Progress .

It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Dental Assisting program, students must:

  1. Commplete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application
  2. Complete a Dental Assisting program application (PDF)
  3. Successful completion of the Background and Drug Screening process upon acceptance into the program
  4. A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program
  5. Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores
  6. Submit one of the following:
    a.  An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas)
    b.  An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant)

 GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

 

Need More Information? Contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Smith, North Campus, (904) 766-6571 or dr.jeff.smith@fscj.edu

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Learn more about the Dental Assisting Program
 

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)


Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Curriculum


Professional Courses

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.

Total Contact Hours: 1,230; Total Workforce Credits: 40

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student's responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program's published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded a Postsecondary Training certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
  5. Students must earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under this catalog (2014/2015) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019. After the Summer Term 2019 the 2014/2015 catalog requirements will no longer be in effect and the student must choose a new catalog year within the current 5 year active catalogs.  Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment


This is a gainful employment program. Visit the Gainful Employment page for gainful employment programs' placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 30 or fewer credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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