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Fundamentals of Dental Assisting


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What can a career in Dental Assisting offer you?

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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 two weekends of classroom, lab, and clinic instruction and practice. The course includes certification in CPR, OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Waste Management, and HIPAA. Student participants who complete this course receive a certificate of participation for all basic dental assisting functions and are eligible to enroll in the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Radiology certification courses.

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

Audience

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

Pre-requisite

Purchase:

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.  Amazon.com 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.

Faculty

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

Location

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll-free)

University of Florida

Continuing Education Units

28 contact hours. Participation.

Hands-on Course Hands-On Workshop

Course Limit

  • 30 participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fundamentals of Dental Assisting FAQ Revised

Professional Career Path for Dental Assistants

 

  • If you have no experience

Fundamentals of Dental Assisting

What can a career in Dental Assisting offer you?

Click here for information from the American Dental Association.

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 two weekends of classroom, lab, and clinic instruction and practice. The course includes certification in CPR, OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Waste Management, and HIPAA. Student participants who complete this course receive a certificate of participation for all basic dental assisting functions and are eligible to enroll in the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Radiology certification courses.

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  • If you have experience

Trilogy of Certification Courses for Dental

Auxiliary

Florida does not license dental assistants and there is no examination requirement. However, prior to the performance of expanded duties as defined by rule of the Board, the dental assistant must possess formal training. This certification training falls into 3 categories:

 

1. Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliary: Certification Course
- Formal training which is required for certification in order to legally perform certain remediable tasks. Rules 64B5- 16.005 and 16.006, Florida Administrative Code, defines Remediable tasks (expanded functions) delegable to dental hygienists and dental assistants and the level of supervision required.

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2. Radiology for Dental Auxiliary: Certification Course
- Radiography certification is obtained through the Department of Health by submitting documentation of successful completion of a Board approved certification course; after completing three months of on-the-job training through assisting in the positioning and exposing of dental radiographic film under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist. Department of Health application and fee is required, in addition.

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3. Fabricating Provisional Crowns & Bridges Certification Course
- Advanced training for certification of additional expanded functions beyond those covered in the Expanded Functions course. Per Florida Statutes, Section 466-024(6) and Board of Dentistry Rule 64B5-16.005, this course is approved for the certification of dental auxiliaries to legally perform the expanded functions of cementing temporary crowns and bridges with temporary cement and fabricating temporary crowns and bridges intra-orally.

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Registration
Fees
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 $649 $599
Dates Location Course #
April 5-6 and 12-13, 2014 Gainesville 150028.01 Register Online
August 2-3 and 16-17, 2014 Gainesville 150028.02 Register Online
February 21-22 and March 7-8, 2015  Gainesville  150354.01
 June 6-7 and 27-28, 2015  Gainesville  150354.02

 

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