The Dental Assisting program is committed to help students gain new knowledge and acquire professional skills in order to attain a meaningful position in a highly regarded field. By creating an environment in which students are stimulated to learn, grow personally, and to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills necessary to meet the demands of the profession and the community.
The course content includes, but is not limited to:
- Dental office and patient management
- Basic dental laboratory procedures
- Dental and general anatomy
- Dental terminology
- Oral pathology
- Nutrition and preventive dentistry
- Dental instruments and equipment
- Dental pharmacology and anesthesia
- Chairside assisting and expanded functions
- Maintenance and asepsis of dental operator and instrumentation
- Employability skills
- Leadership and human relations skills: HOSA membership and participation activities
- Ethics and jurisprudence
- Dental materials and preventive dentistry
This program incorporates practical experience in dental clinics and offices. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission of Dental Accreditation and the Florida Board of Dentistry. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the National Board Examination of Dental Assistants as well as obtain the Dental Radiographer Certification for the State of Florida.
- 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
- Occupational Interest
- High School Diploma/GED from an Accredited High School
- No specific requirement for Information Technology
The entire program is 1230 clock hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:
OCP A – Introduction to Dental Assisting: 90 hours
OCP B – Dental Infection Control Assistant: 210 hours
OCP C – Dental Assistant 1: 465 hours
Dental Assistant 2: 465 hours
Satisfactory Completion of all OCPs and passing the Final Test (theory, practical and Clinical) will award student the Expanded Functions Certificate for the State of Florida. Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 10th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE® test, or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.
Students are expected to complete program competencies.
Employment opportunities are available as Dental Assistants in:
- Private Dental Offices
- Dental Schools
According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Dental Assistant was $41,180 annually or $19.80 per hour.
- In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
- Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
- $15.00 application fee per trimester
- Material fee – Varies by program
- Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
- Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
- Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.
- Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply,
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.