Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Dental Assistants is expected to grow about 15%* between 2015 and 2023.
- Entry level wages for are about $14/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity
Dental Assisting Technology & Management (ATD)
1230 hours/approx. 12 months – full time
M – F 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Students will be taught the basic knowledge and skills to offer direct chairside assistance to the dentist, expose dental radiographs, and educate and instruct patients in preventive dental techniques. Students will be trained in infection control procedures, disease prevention, dental procedures and instruments and business office procedures. Upon successful completion of the program and in accordance with state guidelines, students are issued an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) in Dental Assisting Technology and Management with Expanded Duties and Dental Radiography.
Additional Skills Covered:
- Anatomy & Physiology (Dental Anatomy & Nomenclature)
- Blood Borne Diseases HIV/AIDS, HBV
- Clinical Dental Procedures
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Computer Literacy
- CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
- Dental Specialties Terminology & Material
- Dental Radiography
- Domestic Violence
- Infection Control Procedures
- Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
- Patient Care, Dental/Surgical
- Pharmacology and Pain Control
- Safety & Emergency Procedures (Dental Office)
- Sterilization Techniques, Principles & Processes
- Wellness & Disease Concepts
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING REGISTRATION:
Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to Dental Assisting Technology and Management, please e-mail the counselor at Doris.Gonzalez@browardschools.com
Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation on campus. At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.
Standard High School or State Awarded High School diploma is required.
The Dental Assisting Technology and Management program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. The Comission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Upon successful completion of the program and in accordance with state guidelines, students are issued an Applied Technology Diploma in Dental Assisting Technology and Management with Expanded Duties and Dental Radiography.
Industry Certification Exam & State Credential:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College or the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.
To get started in the Dental Assisting Technology and Management program, sign up today for a program orientation!
This program is accredited by the:
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.621.8099 ext. 4653 or 312.440.4653
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment