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 self-study via required text, workbook, DVD and completion of the prerequiste online courses below, PLUS one weekend of classroom, lab, and clinic instruction and practice. The course includes certification in OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Waste Management, and HIPAA.

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.

Prerequisites

  • CPR

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.

  • Purchase

Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th or 6th Edition, Robinson and Bird, Elsevier,

ISBN-10: 1437704255

Student Workbook for Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th or 6th 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.

  • Prior to the course read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6,7, 9, 10, 11,12,14,17,19 & 20 and view corresponding videos (using DVD found at the back of your textbook.)

Faculty

  • Melissa Orobitg, CDA, CRDH, BHSc, Director
    • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Location

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

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 $549 $499
Dates Location Course #
July 13-14, 2019 Gainesville 200020.01
February 22-23, 2020 Gainesville 200020.02
July 18-19, 2020 Gainesville 210035.01

Please see NEW cancellation policy effective January 1, 2019

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