Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the entrance requirements?
A: Please refer to the Dental Assisting Admissions Information 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. You will attend the program full-time and you will complete the program in 12 months. No part-time or evening program is available.

Q: What is the schedule for the Dental Assisting Program?
A: Each semester's classes are 9:00am to 5:00pm. Dental Assisting Program (3 semesters): Monday - Thursday (some Fridays are needed to complete the program)

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, which is within the Dental Assisting Program.

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 $5,000 for tuition, $750 for books, $200 for uniforms and $100 for supplies. Upon completion of the program you will need approximately $325 for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam.

Q: I am a Dental Assistant in another state. What do I need to do to work in Florida?
A: Please refer to the Florida Board of Dentistry.

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. Please refer to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation

Q: I still have questions. Who can I call to get more answers?
Connie Reed, Dental Assisting Program Manager
Phone: (813) 253-7279
Email:  OR

Health Science Advising:
Ms. Edna Murphy
Phone: (813) 253-7228

Ms. Ashley Cooper
Phone: (813) 259-6321
Email:  OR

HCC Admissions and Counseling: (813) 253-7202

Q: Where can you find additional scholarships for the Dental Assisting Program?
A: HCC Foundation Scholarships