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Fundamentals of Dental Assisting – The University of Florida

July 8 - July 9


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 prerequisite 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.

Students who complete this course receive a certificate of participation for all introductory dental assisting skills needed to be considered for an “on-the-job trained or OJT” position in a dental office. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and/or Radiology certification courses offer by UFCD Continuing Dental Education Department. Individuals who have completed the UFCD Professional Career Path for Dental Assistants program (Fundamentals, EFDA, and Radiology) or who are trained on the job, and who have a minimum of 3,500 hours of approved work experience may apply to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credentialing exam. An alternative pathway for DANB CDA exam eligibility is to complete a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental assisting program such as the ten-month Dental Assisting Program offered at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida. The successful completion of such a program provides eligibility for the DANB CDA exam immediately upon graduation and without the requisite 3,500 hours of approved dental assisting work experience.

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 prerequisite for registering for Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and Radiology certification courses


The University of Florida
+1 352-294-8150


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The University of Florida
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610 United States
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+1 352-294-8150

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