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Dental Technicial Students The HCC Dental Assisting Program offers a low cost option for its Students!

The cost of the program is approximately $3,500.00 (including books and uniforms)

The HCC Dental Assisting Program is American Dental Association accredited and and program teaches all of the Florida Expanded Functions.

Contact us today to start your career in Dental Assisting!





A career in dental assisting offers many career options. In addition to assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, other expanded duties are assigned to the Florida dental assistant such as exposing and processing radiographs, fabricating temporary crowns, and taking impressions for study models. The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.

The graduate of HCC’s dental assisting program will be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and upon passing, the graduate will carry the credential of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) The CDA credential will require 12 hours of continuing education every year. Becoming a Certified Dental Assistant assures the public that the dental assistant is prepare to assist competently in the provision of dental care. The HCC program is 12 months.

The demand for dental assistants in the Hillsborough County area is very high. Career options include both full-time and part-time positions. Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people –oriented environments in which to work.

Hillsborough Community College Dental Assisting Program, an accredited educational site by the American Dental Association, is dedicated to providing accessible, high quality, affordable education in a superior, innovative learning environment to students. We will provide the education and training necessary for dental assistants to work in all of the dental community. The program will take a leadership role for educating dental assistants that will add to the growth and economic development of the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.


Dental Assisting Certificate

(1230 Contact Hours)



Dental Assisting offers the student a career that requires both interpersonal and technical skills; he or she will have the most comprehensive duties in the dental office. The dental assistant will expose and process x-rays, fabricate temporary crowns, take impressions for study models, place sealants, polish teeth, place fluoride treatments, place and remove rubber dams, place and remove temporary restorations, place oral surgical dressings, chart oral conditions, instruct the patient on oral home care, complete office management tasks, and keep the office in compliance with OSHA and Bloodborne pathogens mandates.

The graduate of HCC’s dental assisting program will be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and upon passing, the graduate will carry the credential of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) The CDA credential will require 12 hours of continuing education every year. Becoming a Certified Dental Assistant assures the public that the dental assistant is prepare to assist competently in the provision of dental care. The HCC program is 12 months.

The demand for dental assistants in the Hillsborough County area is very high. Career options include both full-time and part-time positions. Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people –oriented environments in which to work.

Career Opportunities: A student who completes the program can be employed in the local or private dental office in one of the following areas: General Practice, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, or in a dental clinic in the Correctional Facilities, Military Bases, and Public health unit. Some dental companies will hire dental assistants with B.S. degrees. Teaching is also an option if a bachelor degree is achieved. The Dental Assistant who has the credential or CDA and is a graduate of the HCC Dental Assisting Program can achieve a starting salary of $20,000-$25,000 per year.

Entrance Requirements

1) achieve a high school diploma or GED

2) possess ability to complete CPR

3) possess ability to complete the technical standards of Dental Assisting Program

4) attain 11th grade level reading, writing, and math on the CPT or have the

equivalent college course work


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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 assume no responsibility for content, errors, or omissions. The reader is advised to refer to a current Hillsborough Community College catalog.