Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
Students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. All students must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, the mechanism of disease transmission, the OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards, and CDC guidelines for infection control.
How to Apply
Important Notice on Recent Changes
The Dental Assisting program has implemented changes to the curriculum and selection criteria. Please contact a Nursing & Health Science Advisor to prepare for the most up-to-date information.
NOTE: Students must be 18 years old at start of Fall term.
The Dental Assisting program at EFSC has two program options.
OPTION A: Daytime Program
The application deadline is April 8 and classes begin in May. This is a 15-month
program. Applicant must be
18 years old by August (Fall) term, after program start.
*SPECIAL NOTE: If space becomes available for the Daytime program,
prior to August, additional
applicants will be considered for program start.
OPTION B: Outreach Program (online and evening labs)The application deadline is July 8 and the program starts in August. This is a 16-month program. Students complete coursework online and are required to attend face-to-face lab classes 2 nights per week. During the third and fourth semesters, students must also attend at least two clinical days per week during the Monday-Friday work week. The curriculum may be completed while working in a dental office or at other employment. Applicant must be 18 years old to apply.
Selection for admission is guided by a point scale. The applicant must be recommended
for acceptance by the Selection Committee before entering the program (See Selection Criteria).
Note: Students accepted in the Dental Assisting Program are required to complete and pass a Background check, a drug screening, and comply with the immunization requirements.
In order to be considered for the Dental Assisting program, students must follow the steps detailed below.
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Apply for General Admission to EFSC
Complete the application for admission to Eastern Florida State College prior to program application deadline. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college. This application is available on any of the campuses or it's easiest to apply online.NOTE: You must only apply to EFSC for general admission if you are not currently enrolled with the College. If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply and can do so online and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.
Transcripts: ALL OFFICIAL college and/or high school transcripts or GED scores must be sent to:
College Admissions Office
Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida 32922
a. Transfer students: Request all previous schools to send an official copy of all transcripts to the EFSC Admission's Office.
These transcripts must be received and evaluated by the application deadline. Please note that EFSC will not evaluate transcripts if courses are still in progress at your previous institution. Additionally, if you are listed as "non-degree seeking" at EFSC, request the Admissions office to indicate your minor as "the program you are applying for" so that transcripts will be evaluated accordingly. Points will not be awarded for courses that do not reflect on your unofficial transcript by the application deadline.
b. International students: If you attended high school and/or college in a country other than the United States, when you submit your transcripts you must speak to the International Student Service Advisor to determine any further steps that must be taken to determine your grade point average and transfer credits.
Complete Online Dental Assisting Application
Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Dental Assisting by clicking here to access the application. A $25 payment is due to the cashier's office by the application deadline. This fee is non-refundable.
An UNOFFICIAL copy of every college transcript is required with Health Science application. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed at www.floridashines.org (formerly known as facts.org).
Take Placement Testing
Take the College Placement Test, if applicable, prior to taking specific prerequisites (See Selection Criteria).
ALL Applicants must take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) prior to the deadline and submit a copy of their results with their application packet. An earned score of 10 in all areas is required to graduate from the program.
Information concerning test registration is available at your local Admissions office or by calling 321-632-1111.
Submit all application materials: Unofficial Transcript(s), Work Experience Form, Essay, Performance Standards Form, and Test Scores
The following application materials must be submitted to the Health Sciences Admissions Office by the application deadline:
1. Applicants must submit an unofficial EFSC transcript, and transcripts from any other college(s) previously attended. If you have taken less than 12 college credits, you must submit a high school transcript as well.
2. Applicants must submit proof of Work Experience form, if applicable.
3. Applicants must submit a typed, one page essay on the following topic:
"Why Am I choosing Dental Assisting as a Career?"
4. Applicants must review and sign the Performance standards form.
5. TABE test scores (valid for 2 years).