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 for Dental Assisting Program
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 Daytime Program application deadline is April 8, and classes begin in May. This is a 15-month program.
*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 Outreach Program 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 two 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.
For both program options, 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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See a Health Science Advisor
See a Health Science Advisor to go over admissions criteria, deadlines, testing requirements and set up a course plan for completing prerequisite classes.
Click to schedule a Health Science Advising Appointment. You will receive an email or phone call from the advisor as confirmation of your appointment. Please note that your requested time may not be available. If you have not received a response within two business days, please check your email's spam folder.
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Take Prerequisite and Support Classes
Students should take Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 and Introduction to Healthcare before applying to the Dental Assisting program. Students may also elect to take Composition 1, Speech, and Microcomputer Applications for Bonus Points.
Take Placement Testing
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.
Complete Online Dental Assisting Application
Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Dental Assisting. A $25 payment can be paid online or to the cashier's office by the application deadline. This fee is non-refundable.
An UNOFFICIAL copy of every college transcript is required with the Health Science application. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed at www.floridashines.org.
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 (Cocoa Campus, building 20, room 233) 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)
6. CPR card