Fundamentals of Dental Assisting
What can a career in Dental Assisting offer you?
Click here for information from the American Dental Association.
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 introductory dental assisting skills needed to be considered for an “on-the-job training” position in a dental office, and does not certify an individual to sit for the CDA exam which would render a Certified Dental Assistant credential. In order to be eligible for the CDA exam or to be Expanded Functions certified, you would need to complete the Professional Career Path for Dental Assistants or enroll in a Dental Assisting program such as offered at Santa Fe College. Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Radiology certification courses at UF CDE.
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.
Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th Edition, Robinson and Bird, Elsevier,
Student Workbook for Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th Edition, Robinson and Bird, Elsevier
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.
- 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
UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610
Continuing Education Units
28 contact hours. Participation.
- 30 participants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Team Discount Available
|Participant||Regular Fee||Early Bird Fee|
|(Expires 1 month before course date)|
|June 6-7 and 27-28, 2015||Gainesville||150354.02|
|February 20-21 & March 12-13, 2016||Gainesville||170014-.01 Part1|
|July 9-10 & 23-24, 2016||Gainesville||170014-.02 Part1|