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.
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.
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.
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*.
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.
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.
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:
- Commplete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application
- Complete a Dental Assisting program application (PDF)
- Successful completion of the Background and Drug Screening process upon acceptance into the program
- A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program
- Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores
- 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)
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