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Fundamentals of Dental Assisting

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to basic dental assisting theory and skills for pre-dental students planning to participate in the UFCD Dental Clinic Volunteer Program; and for individuals seeking an entry-level dental assisting position in a dental office. This is a hybrid course that includes online instruction, and one weekend of classroom, lab, and clinic instruction and practice. (You will be emailed the online course link once your registration is processed.)  The course includes certification in OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Waste Management, and HIPAA.

Student who complete this course receive a certificate of participation for all introductory dental assisting skills needed to be considered for an “on-the-job trained or OJT” position in a dental office. Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and/or Radiology certification courses offer by UFCD Continuing Dental Education Department. Individuals who have completed the UFCD Professional Career Path for Dental Assistants program (Fundamentals, EFDA, and Radiology) or who are trained on the job, and who have a minimum of 3,500 hours of approved work experience may apply to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credentialing exam. An alternative pathway for DANB CDA exam eligibility is to complete a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental assisting program such as the ten-month Dental Assisting Program offered at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida. The successful completion of such a program provides eligibility for the DANB CDA exam immediately upon graduation and without the requisite 3,500 hours of approved dental assisting work experience.


Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Participate in the UFCD Dental Clinic Volunteer Program
  • Seek an entry-level dental assisting position in a dental office
  • Meet pre-requisite for registering for Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and Radiology certification courses


Pre-dental students and/or individuals seeking an entry-level dental assisting position or pursuing dental auxiliary certification training.



American Heart Association two-year BLS (Basic Life Support) certification can be obtained through the American Heart Association BLS training program for health professionals at Santa Fe College, or any other training program which offers the American Heart Association two-year BLS (Basic Life Support) certification.


Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th Edition, Robinson and Bird, Elsevier,

ISBN-10: 1437704255

Student Workbook for Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th Edition, Robinson and Bird, Elsevier

ISBN-13: 978-1437704259

These books will be useful all throughout your dental assisting career. has a package deal including text and workbook at a price that is significantly less than buying the two books individually and includes free shipping.  Here’s the link.


  • Melissa Orobitg, R.D.H., Director
  • Glenda Guarino, C.D.A., B.P.M., M.H.A
  • Lorie Primosch, R.D.H., M.Ed., M.I.L.SC. Faculty website


UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll-free)

University of Florida

Continuing Education Units

14 contact hours. Participation.

Hands-on Course Hands-On Workshop

Course Limit

  • 30 participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fundamentals of Dental Assisting FAQ Revised

Team Discount available Team Discount Available
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Networking Lunch included
Participant Regular Fee Early Bird Fee
(Expires 1 month before course date)
Auxiliaries $495 $445
Dates Location Course #
February 20-21, 2016 Gainesville 170014-.01
July 23-24, 2016 Gainesville 170014-.02

Standard cancellation policy does not apply to this course. Refunds, less $110, will be processed for registrants who cancel less than 14 days before the course starting date.

Refunds cannot be given for cancellations on or after the course starting date.

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