The primary mission of the Dental Assisting program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the Dental Health Industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed as Dental Assistants; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.
Curriculum Framework (RTF document)
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The Dental Assisting Program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as Dental Assistants. Instruction is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the Dental Assisting National Board Examination. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experiences through practice on patients in dental clinics. Students are eligible to join HOSA.
- Basic Healthcare Worker
- Dental Sterile Technician
- Safe and Efficient Work Practices
- Dental Assisting
- Manipulative Skills
- Use of Chemicals, Implements, and Equipment
- Employability Skills & Entrepreneurship
- Length of Program
The average length of this program is 1230 hours (approximately 28 months) for adult students attending part time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status and the length of time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains occupational completion paints designed to prepare students for a position.
- Interview by guidance counselor.
- Adult students must be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in high school
- Assessment in math, language, and reading
- ID $50.00
- Application fee $15.00
- Material fee $390.00
- Tuition $3148.80
- Books $175.00
- Miscellaneous fees
- Uniform $20.00
- Approximate total $3798.00
Students may enter the program three (3) times a year. Entry is dependent upon space availability. Interested persons may call (305)557-1100 for additional information.
Dental Assistant, Front Desk Receptionist, Office Manager
O*NET lists the following occupations that the Dental Assisting program prepares students to enter:
- 29-1023.00 Orthodontists
- 29-1024.00 Prosthodontists
- 29-2021.00 Dental Hygienists
- 29-2034.01 Radiologic Technologists
- 29-2034.02 Radiologic Technicians
- 29-2055.00 Surgical Technologists
- 39-2021.00 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:
Tuition & Fees: $2644.50/program
Room and Board:
No on campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $37520/28 month (part time only) program
Off campus, with family: Est. $21140/28 month (part time only) program
Books and Supplies: $200 /year
Other Cost: N/A