The Dental Assisting Program at Edison State College leads to a Certificate of Completion and eligibility to take the Dental Assisting National Boards. Those assistants who pass the Boards and maintain continuing education credits may use the title “Certified Dental Assistant.” Upon completion of the program, students will also receive an “Expanded Functions Certificate” which enables them to perform designated tasks permitted by the State Board of Dentistry.
A freshman class begins each Fall semester. The program is comprised of general education courses, which are taken concurrently with the dental assisting core courses. The dental assisting core courses are didactic, laboratory, and clinical externships. The general education course work is acceptable from any accredited college. The dental assisting core courses are offered only on the Lee Campus; the clinical practice site(s) are in the five county service district.
The Dental Assisting Program has limited enrollment due to clinical facilities and accreditation standards. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the Division of Health and Science at (239) 489-9255. Information packets with application to the program may be downloaded by visiting www.Edison.edu (go to Academic Programs, click on Academic Program Web pages, click on your program of interest to download.)
The students must purchase uniforms, an instrument kit, liability insurance, and books. There are fees for tuition, laboratory, and the national board examination.
The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Application Deadline: June 1
Refer to specific course descriptions listed in this Catalog.
The Program prerequisite encompasses successful completion of a program acceptance process including program level admission points, competition with all other applicants based on academic transcript evaluation and prior degree points. The admissions process requires satisfactory completion of a Collegeapproved criminal history background check completed at the applicant’s expense. The clinical enrollment process requires satisfactory completion of an immunization and health report.