Dental Assisting
Students will learn 
terminology, safety,  
dental instruments, 
chair side assistance,  
clinical, and more!

Dental Assisting

Are you looking for a rewarding field with an array of opportunities? Do you like to help people and learn new things? Come and join the Dental Assisting program at CCTC which will put you on the path to a successful career.

Dental assistants are valuable and respected members of the dental care team, assisting the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare for people of all ages.

Dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists and work closely with dental hygienists.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. With ongoing research linking oral health to general health this will likely increase the demand for preventive dental services.

The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment within a variety of dental health care facilities. The dental assistant will function within the areas of chairside, expanded functions, and laboratory and office duties. With successful completion of the program, the DA will become eligible to take the national board examination.  This program meets all competencies required by the Florida Department of Education for Dental Assistants.

Dental assistant’s job responsibilities may include:

·       Make sure patients are comfortable in the dental chair

·       Prepare work area for treatments and procedures

·       Sterilize dental instruments

·       Four-handed dentistry

·       Maintain moisture control

·       Review proper oral hygiene with patients

·       Under the supervision of a dentist, process x rays and complete lab tasks

·       Maintain patient records

·       Schedule patient appointments

·       Work with patients on billing and payment

·       Assistants perform lab procedures, such as taking and pouring up casts of a patient’s teeth, making patients whitening trays, as well as creating temporary crowns.

2017 schedule:

·       Classes start: July 20, 2017

·       Class runs from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm


Our students find jobs in:

·       Work for a private dental practice.

·       Work at a dental clinic, performing a variety of services.

Courses and Credit Hours

  • 1230 hours (approximately 11 months in length)
  • The program completes with a 300 hour internship at a local physician’s office or clinic.

The following table illustrates the post-secondary program structure:


Course Number

Course Title


SOC Code



Introduction to Dental Assisting

90 hours




Dental Infection Control Assistant

210 hours




Dental Assisting 1

465 hours



Dental Assisting 2

465 hours

Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent by the first day of class and meet minimum admission criteria for the Dental Assistant.
  • Prospective students are required to schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office prior to enrollment.
  • Students are required to achieve the following scores on the “Test for Adult Basic Education” (TABE): 
    • Mathematics – 10
    • Language - 10
    • Reading – 10

·       Once accepted the student will need to complete a physical, dental exam, immunizations, drug screen, and background check.

Health and Safety

OSHA maintains a website devoted to public safety and health information topics for Healthcare Facilities. Below is the link to applicable standards and common hazards, including bloodborne pathogens, hazardous materials, ionizing radiation, needle sticks, and chemical exposures.

Accreditations, Licenses, Certifications

Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become National Entry Level Dental Assistants- (NELDA Exam)

The national certification exam is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The exam focuses on anatomy, morphology, physiology, radiation health and safety, and infection control. The NELDA credential is granted upon successful completion of all three sections. The exam fee is $375. Taking the entire exam is an exit requirement of this program. The student must provide documentation that all three areas of the exam have been scheduled prior to the last day of class.

Teacher: Christy Bessette, RDH,BHS

Buy Textbooks Online

Textbooks by Programs  -  The correct and complete listing of books from this site will be available after  July 22, 2016. Please do not order books from this site until after July 22, 2016.

Have questions? Contact us or call (239) 574-4440.