Dental Assisting

Career and Technical Certificate

The Dental Assisting program at Northwest Florida State College is a 1 year, 3-semester vocational program leading to a Career and Technical Certificate in Dental Assisting. The program provides you with the skills, knowledge and clinical experiences necessary to become proficient in the field of Dental Assisting. The curriculum includes content in dental sciences, dental anatomy, dental materials, communications, preclinical dental theory, expanded functions, dental nutrition, dental community health and dental radiography. They will also be ready and eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and will receive certification as a Dental Radiographer and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant in the State of Florida.

Radiology Clinic for Community Patients

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Radiology Clinic for Community Patients will not be open to the public for the 2021 academic school year. We have high hopes that this service will be available for the 2022 summer semester.

Community patient services in the dental radiologic clinic will be available Summer 2021. If you are in need of dental X-rays, please contact the Dental Assisting Office at (850) 678-5111 ext. 6721, and we will be glad to provide references to another practice or clinic.

Program Details

Class Options

Related Certificates

  • There are currently no related certificates for this program.

Career Outlook*

Employment needs for Dental Assistants is expected to increase 18% nationwide by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* The employment market for Dental Assistants in the State of Florida is projected to grow by 22.4% through 2024*. Due to the fact that most patients are keeping their teeth longer, there is a demand for those with this career training throughout Florida and the nation.

*Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015, retrieved from:

Average or Median Salary

$14.22 – $17.30 hourly

*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.