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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 Admissions Information page for this information.

Q: How many contact hours is the program and how long will it take to complete?

The program is 1,230 contact hours     

You will attend the program full-time you will complete the program in 12 months.

No part-time program is available.

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

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

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?

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: 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


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

A: /gwsc/foundation/scholarships.aspx



Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the information on the Dental Assisting Program web page is accurate and current. HCC and the web designer assumes no responsibility for content, errors, or omissions.

The reader is advised to refer to a current Hillsborough Community College catalog.


This page last updated November 13, 2015 eab

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