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Dental Assisting (Limited Access Program), Vocational Certificate

Program Information

Vocational Certificate - Code 1148/1048 - Catalog 2017/2018

Leslie Fehl, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3758, Leslie.Fehl@daytonastate.edu

Pamela Ridilla, Chairperson, 386-785-2093, Pamela.Ridilla@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

The mission of the Dental Assisting Program is the development of professional, ethical, and competent members of the oral health team who provide quality, patient-centered care to diverse population groups in a variety of health care settings. The Dental Assisting Program is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, emphasizing student success.

Description:

This program teaches students to pass and receive dental instruments; obtain and analyze dental radiographic images; provide oral health care instructions; mix various dental materials; maintain patient records and order supplies; manage recare maintenance systems; prepare instruments for sterilization; and acquire knowledge of infection control practices. Dental assistants are professional members of the dental health team who can perform minor laboratory and basic business office procedures. Upon completion of the program, students earn the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (E.F.D.A.) credential required by the state of Florida and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to obtain certification as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Program Accreditation: The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of four-handed dentistry during collection of diagnostic data and chairside procedures.
  2. Perform a variety of clinical supportive treatments.
  3. Demonstrate basic business office procedures.
  4. Obtain and analyze diagnostically acceptable digital radiographic images on a variety of patients while executing radiation safety measures. 
  5. Manage asepsis utilizing infection and hazard control protocols consistent with published professional guidelines.

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees: $4,107*

Access Fee: $44 ($1.26 per credit)

Assessment Fee: $33

Lab Fees (including liability insurance): $299
Textbooks: $1,035
Uniforms and Lab Supplies: $529
American Dental Assistants Association Student Membership: $45
Class Pin and Composite Picture: $70
Dental Assisting National Board Examination: $425
Health Screening and Immunizations (depends on applicant's health care provider): $275 
Basic Life Support Certification: $50
Florida Department of Law Enforcement/Federal Bureau of Investigation Background Check: $90

*In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Financing Options: All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state student financial assistance by completing the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov. For more information on grant, loans and work program available please see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at http://www.daytonastate.edu/finaid. Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the many Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see: http://www.daytonastate.edu/scholarships.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • This is a Limited Access Program. Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the two required courses listed below.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Score on the placement test for vocational certification programs (TABE) indicating reading, language, and math skills at a 10th grade level or higher. Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better is required before submitting an application for continuing enrollment: DEA0000 Introduction to Dental Assisting (online course offered during Fall B and Spring A sessions only) and SLS1122 Managing Your Success. Also, completion of a minimum of eight (8) observation hours in a dental facility is required before submitting an application for continuing enrollment. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better to apply for continuing enrollment.
  • Recommend taking a course in basic computer skills, medical terminology, as well as general biology or anatomy and physiology before entering the program (if these courses were not taken previously in high school).
  • Submit completed School of Dental Science application for continuing enrollment to the Academic Advisor in the College of Health and Public Services.
  • Students are approved for continuing enrollment based on specific admission criteria.
  • Applicants with higher cumulative GPAs and successful completion of all prerequisite and corequisite courses will be considered more favorably for continuing enrollment.
  • Completion of health screening to include: recent physical examination; verification of immunization against tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, and Hepatitis B; and negative test for tuberculosis is required prior to enrolling in program specific courses.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for the Health Care Provider to include adults, infant, children, and automatic external defibrillator (AED); through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross is required prior to enrolling in program specific courses.
  • Admission into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This must be completed prior to the first day of program specific classes. 
  • All program prerequisite, general education and dental assisting courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • OST1330 Business English is an acceptable prerequisite course for SPC2608 Oral Communication/Research/Presentation Skills and INP1390 Human Relations in the Workplace for this program.
  • ENC1101 Introduction to Composition may be substituted for OST1330 Business English. PSY1012 General Psychology may be substituted for INP1390 Human Relations in the Workplace for this program.
  • Students will be held accountable for the policy and procedures of the Dental Assisting Program as outlined in the Dental Assisting Student Policy Handbook as well as the College Student Handbook.
Careers

The following information is required by federal regulations to be provided to students for all vocational and certificate programs. Additional information on any career, job, or salary potential can be found at http://www.onetonline.org.

Program Length: The typical length of this program is three (3) semesters (36 weeks) for a full-time student, with 100% graduating within 3 semesters for 2014-15. The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) lists the placement rate (2013-14) for this field at 80%.

For additional career information, please see:

http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9091.00

Note: Need help preparing for your job search? Login to Daytona State's Career Services Online (CSO) to create your personal career account, or email your Daytona State College Career Advisor.

General Education Courses

General Education Core - 3 Credits

Communication Core (3 credits)

SPC2608Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills

3

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses

OST1330Business English

3

SLS1122Managing Your Success

3

INP1390Human Relations in the Workplace

3

DEA0000Introduction to Dental Assisting

30

DEA0020CChairside Assisting I and Lab

105

DEA0130Biomedical Science

60

DEA0801CChairside Assisting II and Lab

105

DEA0850LExternship I

240

DEA0851LExternship II

240

DES0002Dental Anatomy and Physiology

30

DES0103CDental Materials and Laboratory Procedures

90

DES0205CDental Radiology and Lab

90

DES0501Practice Management

30

DES0844Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition

30

Sample Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses

SLS1122Managing Your Success

3

DEA0000Introduction to Dental Assisting

30

Summer Semester (Term B - Six Weeks)

DES0002Dental Anatomy and Physiology

30

Fall Semester

OST1330Business English

3

INP1390Human Relations in the Workplace

3

DEA0020CChairside Assisting I and Lab

105

DES0103CDental Materials and Laboratory Procedures

90

DES0205CDental Radiology and Lab

90

Spring Semester

SPC2608Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills

3

DEA0130Biomedical Science

60

DEA0801CChairside Assisting II and Lab

105

DEA0850LExternship I

240

DES0501Practice Management

30

DES0844Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition

30

Summer Semester (Term A - Six Weeks)

DEA0851LExternship II

240

TOTAL SEM. HRS. 12.00
TOTAL VOC. HRS. 35.00
TOTAL CONTACT HRS. 1230.00

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.