Dental Assisting Technology and Management ATD

Approximate cost, full-time attendance

*Estimated costs are based on FL residency in-state tuition. All tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to changes.
*Estimated costs include tuition fees, books, and uniforms. Additional supplies/tools may also need to be purchased.

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The Applied Technology Diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants, educational managers for dental companies, and dental assisting educators.  The program will prepare students for the Dental Assisting National Board exam, which earns them the credential of Certified Dental Assistant. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Students graduate with entry-level skills for general chairside assisting, dental laboratory procedures, dental office administration and patient management. Graduates earn a state certificate in dental radiography and dental assisting expanded functions. Students must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students completing the ATD program may be awarded college credit hours upon enrollment in the A.S. Degree Program in Dental Hygiene at State College of Florida. Limit 24 students/class. Application deadline 30 days prior to program start date.

Program Content
The Dental Assistant Technology & Management program covers chairside assisting, laboratory procedures, and business operations. These areas include, but are not limited to knowledge of dental anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, radiology, and oral histology. Professionals in the field are guest lecturers and preceptors. There are 350 hours of the program in which students participate in on-the-job training during required internships at local dental offices. Students are required to have a working computer and high speed internet access for assignments using various technologies developed for use in the program.

The Dental Assistant Technology & Management program prepares students for certification examination and employment as a Certified Dental Assistants. Certified Dental Assistants are recognized in all fifty states as individuals who have achieved, through approved courses of study and practical experience, a high level of competence and ability in the field of dental assisting. Graduates of the Dental Assisting program also receive the state required certificates in Dental Radiography and Dental Assisting Expanded Functions.

Accreditation and Faculty
The Dental Assisting Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accredition of the American Dental Association. Faculty hold advanced degrees, are qualified dental educators and Certified Dental Assistants.

Governing Agencies
Florida State Department of Education and the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

Advisory Council
The Dental Assistant Advisory Council is made up of dental professionals from our community. They oversee the curriculum and keep the program up to date as well as provide internship experiences and employment opportunities for students.

Admissions Requirements
Attendance at an Information Session is required (call 941-752-8100 to find out session dates and times).

Completed Dental Assisting Application and fee of $30
Stamped self addressed #10 envelope
High School or GED transcript
Proof of Florida Residency, otherwise out-of-state tuition will be charged

Physical and Dental Examination
The required physical and dental examinations must be dated within one year of the program start date. The program will provide the appropriate exam forms.

Required Immunizations
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) -2 doses required or positive titer with lab report
Tdap-Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis -within the last 10 years
PPD Skin Test for Healthcare Providers (tuberculosis) – 2 tests, one previous and 1 within 1 month, OR a 2-step test one week apart within the last month, OR statement of negative chest x-ray AND statement of no current symptoms.
Varicella – Chicken Pox -2 doses required or positive titer with lab report
Hepatitis B Vaccine -3 doses (Highly Recommended) or statement of declination of vaccine

Level 2 FDLE background check
Based upon strict state rules for the certification of dental radiographers and the standards established by the Dental Assisting National Board, all candidates must undergo criminal background checks prior to acceptance into the program.

Applicants for licensure, certification or registration and candidates for examination may be excluded from licensure, certification or registration if their felony conviction falls into certain timeframes as established in Section 456.0635(2), Florida Statutes.

Based on these criteria, individuals ineligible for admittance to the Manatee Technical College Dental Assisting Technology and Management Program are those who have:
in the past five years, been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest to, a felony or any crime punishable by confinement in a state or federal prison for any length of time; and
in the past five years have served a sentence of confinement, home detention, parole, probation, or other court ordered supervision in connection with a felony conviction, including for any conviction that occurred more than five years ago,
and at any time been convicted of a sexual offense.

Applicants with a misdemeanor conviction (or pending charge) must undergo a formal interview with the dental assisting program director prior
to acceptance.

Length of Program
This program is 1230 clock hours, which takes approximately 11 months to complete if attending full-time.

Articulated College Credit Hours
Graduates of this program may earn up to 3 credit hours (with conditions) towards the AS Degree in Dental Hygiene at SCF.

Industry Certification
Program graduates are prepared to earn the National Board Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification.

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How to Apply for Dental Assisting

Step 1:? Attend a 60 minute?information session offered monthly. ?

You will receive information concerning the Dental Assisting program offered at Manatee Tech, application materials, and?Financial Aid information.? All sessions are held at the East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211. You do not have to register to attend, just show up early or on time and bring a pen. ?Call 941.752.8100 x?2100 to confirm session date.? Session will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:30 am

Call 941.752.8100 for updates and to confirm session date & time.

Step 2:? ?Apply for Financial Aid: More Information Can Be Found Here

Step 3: Fill Out A Manatee Tech Main Application: Here

This is the Manatee Tech’s?SCHOOL application, not the Dental Assisting Program Application

Step 4: Sign up to take the Complete Battery (3 hour) TABE test at East Campus by Contacting us at 941.752.8100 x 2100

 An official college transcript proving a degree awarded will exempt you from the TABE test

Step 5.?Make an Appointment with a Career Counselor by Contacting us at 941.752.8100 x 2127  to?turn in a completed?Dental Assisting Program Application Packet Located Here by deadline date and pay medical application fee of $30.

Step 6😕 Receive An Acceptance or Non-Acceptance Letter.

Step 7😕?Confirm Your Financial Aid Status by Contacting Ms. Deborah Tomlin at 941.752.8100 x 2019

Step 8: Send In Your Response Form

When accepted, mail or drop off the completed Response Form to Manatee Tech East Campus, Attn: Kathy Matthews, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211. Or, fax to 941.727.6257

Step 9: Register, pay fees, buy books, get ID

Register on your designated date and time that was included on your acceptance letter. Please buy the necessary Books and obtain your ID at our Main Campus located at 6305 SR 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34211

NOTE:? All fees associated with this application process are non-refundable.? If you are not accepted and intend to reapply, please make arrangements to pick up your application documents.? All application documents will be shredded within 30 days after course start date.

?Please make copies of all documents before turning in anything.? We cannot make copies for you. 


Students enrolled in the MTC Dental Assisting Program should understand that the required clinical experiences on campus and in various dental facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious diseases including, but not limited to Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and HIV.

Neither MTC nor any of the clinical facilitates used for clinical experience assumes liability if a student is injured or exposed to infectious disease in the clinical facility during assigned clinical experiences unless the injury/exposure is a direct result of negligence by MTC or the clinical facility.  Student must understand that they are responsible for the cost of health care for any personal injury/illness that occurs during their education. MTC strongly recommends that students purchase their own health insurance.

Student shall be required to wear the approved school uniform, protective eyewear, appropriate masks, gloves, and lab coats during the intramural and extramural laboratory and clinical activities.  Student shall be required to observe CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dentistry and follow all applicable mandates of the OSAH Bloodborne Pathogens Standard during all intramural and extramural laboratory and clinical activities.

Course Sequence/Occupational Completion Points

OCP Course Number Course Title Length
A DEA0725 Introduction to Dental Assisting 90 hours
B DEA0726 Dental Infection Control Assistant 210 hours
C DEA0727 Dental Assisting 1 465 hours
DEA0728 Dental Assisting 2 465 hours

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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