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Frequently Asked Questions



Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q: What are the entrance requirements?
A: Please refer to the Dental Assisting home page for this information.

Q: How many contact hours is the program and how long will it take to complete?
A: The program is 1,230 contact hours
If you attend the program full-time you can complete the program in 12 months.

Q: What is the schedule for the Dental Assisting Program?

Each semester's classes are 9:00am to 4:00pm

DAY PROGRAM (3 semesters): Monday - Thursday

Q: Do any of the Dental Assisting courses transfer to Dental Hygiene?
A: According to the State of Florida's articulation agreement, all course that have DES prefix will transfer to a Dental Hygiene Program if they offer that course and if the Dental Hygiene Program Manager approves.

Q: Do I need CPR training before entering the Dental Assisting Program?
A: No. You will be offered CPR in the HSC 0003 course.

Q: What type of employment opportunities are available for Dental Assistants?
A: Dental offices do offer different working situations.
You can work in a private practice dental office.
You can work for a general dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, endodontist, periodontist, pediatric dentist, prosthodontist or a public health clinic, VA Clinic and Correctional Facility
There are also opportunities in sales and education if you complete a Bachelor's Degree.

Q: What are the exact costs of the Dental Assisting Program?
A: The exact cost of the program is hard to determine due to changes in tuition, books and supplies. You can expect an estimate of the costs to be $3,500 for tuition, $500 for books, $100 for uniforms and $50 for supplies. Upon completion of the program you will need approximately $325 for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam and $20 graduation fee.

Q: I am a Dental Assistant in another state. What do I need to do to work in Florida?
A: If you have not graduated from an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Program, you will need to complete an expanded function course, radiology course and orthodontic expanded functions (if needed).

Q: How much can I expect to be paid as a graduate of the HCC Dental Assisting Program?
A: All salaries are dependent upon your experience and the practice in which you are employed.

Q: I still have questions. Who can I call to get more answers?

Connie Reed, Dental Assisting Program Manager

Phone: (813) 253-7279

EMAIL: creed17@hccfl.edu


Health Science Advising:    

Ms. Edna Murphy
Phone: (813) 253-7228
Email: emurphy@hccfl.edu   

Ms. Ashley Cooper 
Phone: (813) 259-6321
Email: acooper20@hccfl.edu 


HCC Admissions and Counseling: (813) 253-7202

Dental Assisting Lab: (813) 253-7000 x5659

Q: Where can you find additional scholarships for the Dental Assisting Program?

A: /gwsc/foundation/scholarships.aspx

This page last updated May 13, 2015 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu