Dental Assisting

Workforce Certificate

Dental Hygiene

Clinical procedures, preventive dentistry, radiology and dental office management

The Dental Assisting Workforce Certificate (W.C.) program provides students with dental assisting classes that cover the theoretical, practical and clinical skills necessary to receive an entry-level position in a dental office. Dental assisting training includes dental basic sciences, dental radiographic techniques, dental materials, sterilization and infection control, chair side assisting, office management, dental specialties and expanded functions. 

The Dental Assisting program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to prepare students for certification in expanded functions and dental radiology.

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The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Third Party Comments Notification
The dental assisting program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A team of visitors from the Commission will visit on October 10-12. Prior to the visit, the programs are required to solicit Third Party Comments. The American Dental Association guidelines are reprinted here along with the address to which all comments must be mailed. All comments must be received by the Commission on Dental Accreditation by Saturday, August 11. 

Comments are to be mailed to:
American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Program Code: 5649

1,230 Clock/Contact hours

Limited access program

School of Health, Education and Human Services
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May 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.


(904) 766-6655


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Program Fact Sheet
Dental Assisting Application Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

The Dental Assisting Workforce Certificate prepares students for a dental career as a dental assistant. Graduates of the Dental Assisting program may wish to look in to FSCJ’s Associate in Science (A.S.) in Dental Hygiene to further their career. 

Career Opportunities

Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x-rays to record keeping and scheduling appointments. (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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