Program Content: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants. Students graduate with entry-level skills for general chair side, dental laboratory and business office administration. Graduates receive a state certificate in radiography and dental assisting expanded functions. They are prepared to take the national board exam to earn the credential of Certified Dental Assistant.
Length of Program: 1230 hours – approximately 11 months to complete
Certification: 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 program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. 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.
Job Placement Rate: 100%
On-Time Completion Rate: 96%
1. Apply to Manatee Technical College here: https://manateetech.edu/apply-now.
2. Attend a program information session. Call 941.752.8100, to hear a recorded message for dates and times.
For More Information: Contact Kathy Matthews: 941.752.8100 x 2127, Email
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Dental Assisting (H170113)
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.