Dental Assisting Technology and Management ATD

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The Dental Assisting Technology and Management program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants.  Students graduate with entry-level skills for general chair sider, dental laboratory and business office administration.  Students completing this Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) program at Manatee Technical Institute will be awarded guaranteed college credit upon enrollment in the AS Degree Program for Dental Assisting Technology and Management at the community college level.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Florida State Board of Dentistry.  Students must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Limit 20 students/class.  Application deadline 30 days prior to program start date.

Program Mission Statement: The mission of the dental assisting program at Manatee Technical Institute is to meet the dental assisting needs of our community by training and preparing qualified individuals to achieve professional status as competent dental assistants who have graduated with the skills and credentials required to perform Florida Expanded Functions and Dental Radiography, and the knowledge and capabilities necessary to pass the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Dental Assistant  Exam.



Graduates receive a state certificate in dental radiography and dental assisting expanded functions.  Students are prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam, which earns them the credential of Certified Dental Assistant.

Course Sequence/Occupational Completion Points


Course Number

Course Title

Course Length

Time to Complete*



Introduction to Dental Assisting

90 hours

3 weeks



Dental Infection Control Assistant

210 hours

7 weeks



Dental Assisting 1

465 hours

30 weeks


Dental Assisting 2

465 hours

​(Both OCP-C
courses are taken simultaneously)
Total/Full Time Student
                           1230 hours                       11 months

*Time to complete is approximate and based on full time attend

For more information regarding career details, as well as the skills necessary to be successful as a dental assistant, follow these links:

Basic Healthcare Worker
Dental Hygienist
Dental Assistant



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