2018-2019 Catalog

Dental Assisting, A.T.D.

5510: Applied Technology Diploma in Dental Assisting Technology and Management (50 Credit Hours)

CIP: 51.0601

FL CIP: 0351060108

SOC: 31-9091

This is a limited-access program which articulates into the Associate in Science degree for Dental Assisting Technology and Management. Completion of this program does not require General Education coursework. Application data is distributed at the free information sessions. These are held on a regular basis. Call 352-873-5817 for dates and times of information sessions or view at CF.edu/Health.

Dental Assisting programs are limited access. A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited-access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements.  Limited-access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted. To learn more about limited-access programs, please go to CF.edu/LimitedAccess.

Criteria for Application

  • High school diploma.

  • Admission to the College of Central Florida.

  • Application to the Dental Assisting program.

  • Minimum scores of 10 in each area (language, reading and math) of the TABE, Test of Adult Basic Education.

  • Completion of Psychological Services Bureau (PSB-RN) exam.

  • Completion and documentation of eight hours of chairside observation with a dental assistant.

  • One-page paper on observation experience.

  • The Associate in Science also requires the CPT/PERT test for General Educational courses.

The Dental Assisting program is designed to train individuals to perform as efficient dental professionals in a dental health environment. Students will gain exposure in various areas such as dental radiography, dental materials, chairside assisting and more. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board. The Dental Assisting program is 50 credits for a total of 1,230 contact hours.

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. For additional information regarding the Commission on Dental Accreditation, please consult the website at http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

View gainful employment information on this program at CF.edu/gainful-employment/5510.

For more information, view the Dental Assisting Information Packet at CF.edu/health.

View the Academic Pathway for this program at http://www.cf.edu/explore/academic-pathways/index.html.


Program Courses

Semester I: 15 credit hours

DES 1020Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy


DES 1030Histology and Embryology


DEA 1805LDental Clinic Seminar


DEA 1806LClinic Practice I


BSC 1080Basic Anatomy and Physiology


DES 1600Dental Office Emergencies


DES 1800Introduction to Clinical Procedures


DES 1806LIntroduction to Clinical Procedures Lab


Semester II: 17 credit hours

DES 1200Dental Radiology


DES 1200LDental Radiology Lab


DES 1100Dental Materials


DES 1100LDental Materials Lab


DES 1029Dental Specialties


DEA 1855LClinic Practice II


DEA 1151Dental Psychology and Communications


DEA 1135Dental Microbiology


DES 1840Preventive Dentistry


Semester III: 18 credit hours

DES 2832CExpanded Functions with Lab


DEA 2033Oral Pathology


DES 1502Dental Office Management


DES 1051Dental Pharmacology


DEA 1856Clinic III Seminar


DEA 1856LClinic Practice III


Total Credit Hours: 50


  • When more qualified students apply than can be accepted, those not accepted may reapply for future classes.
  • It is necessary that students have reliable transportation to the assigned dental offices.
  • The student must be prepared to pay additional fees and purchase uniforms as mandated by program of learning.