COVID-19 Update: As of Aug. 3, select EFSC services are available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and facial coverings and social distancing requirements in place. See the Updated Student Services Guide for details about on-campus access and continuing virtual services. EFSC will reopen its four campuses in August for the Fall Term with many classes online, limited in-person classes and safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19. View Reopening Plan updates & FAQ.

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.

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. 

Program Selection:

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.

Check Admissions Status

If you are not a current EFSC student, you must Complete the online application for general 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.

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

Please Note: Students who have not taken the TABE because campuses are closed due to the COVID-19 emergency should still apply before the application deadline. The TABE requirement has been waived until the test is available again. If an applicant has a prior TABE score available, they should submit it as part of their application.

An earned score of 10 in all areas on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is required to graduate from the program. Applicants admitted to the program who cannot take the TABE before appying due to the COVID-19 related suspension of the test, can take the TABE when it's available again.

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 from myGPS or at

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 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