Dental Assistant Course Details
Curriculum and Student Resources
Gainesville Dental Assistant School’s mission is to provide our students with a comprehensive education covering all of the topics and procedures they will encounter in their new careers. Topics covered in our course include:
- Sterilization and Infection Control
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Moisture Control
- Dental Anatomy and Physiology
- Dental Instruments
- Restorative Techniques
- Proper Oral Hygiene
- Preventative Care (including sealants)
- Procedural Post-Operative Instructions
- CPR, Pain Management, and More
Dental Assistant Externship
Gainesville Dental Assistant School’s 40-hour externship program provides our students with the real-world experience they need to become confident and qualified dental assistants. The externship portion of our course allows our students the opportunity to work under the direct guidance of experienced dental professionals in a local dental office. Students are eligible to begin their externships after class 6. Although we encourage our students to find their own externships, our Student Success Specialists are here to help our students identify potential opportunities in the area and assist with applications.
You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class.The workbook must be purchased and cannot be rented because you will be writing in it. Both ElSevier and Amazon offer a discount on a package bundle. ElSevier can take 3-4 weeks to ship, whereas Amazon offers faster shipping. You may purchase (or rent) your books elsewhere as long as it is the same edition used in the course.
What Do I Get After Graduation?
Gainesville Dental Assistant School is licensed and regulated by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Students who graduate from Gainesville Dental Assistant School receive their Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion. Additionally, students receive their BLS (CPR) certification in class through the American Heart Association.
Students are required by the State of Florida to work for three months before they are permitted to become x-ray certified. Once students come back to our program and complete the three-day Radiography and Expanded Functions course, they will be a Dental Radiographer and EFDA.