Dental Assisting

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Dental Assisting

Program Information

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is a three-semester Limited Admission Career and Technical or Vocational program. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as satisfy all other NWF State College admission criteria. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board examination to receive the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential. Contact Carrie Griffith at (850) 729-6444 for additional information.

Selection Process

After the application deadline, all eligible applicants will be accepted unless the number of students applying exceeds 24. If there are more than 24, the students will be assessed according to the “Selective Admission Point System.” The first 24 ranked applicants will be sent an “Invitation for Acceptance” to the program. 12 students beyond the first 24 will be offered the opportunity to be an alternate list in case an accepted student decides to decline their invitation to the program.

Selective Admission Point System

The applicants with the highest point totals are admitted first. If there is a tie among point totals, students will be ranked based on their GPA (high school or college; whichever is higher).

Information Sessions

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about the program, prospective students must attend an information session for the year of application. These sessions will provide valuable information about the application process, program requirements and forms required prior to entering the program.

Information Sessions are scheduled at the Niceville Campus, Bldg 420, Room 408 Dental Assisting lab. Please contact the Dental Assisting Program Department at (850) 729-6444 for details about upcoming information sessions and to verify attendance.

All sessions take place at Niceville’s campus, Thursdays at 6 p.m. in building 420, room 408. Please visit the Dental Assisting program page for upcoming dates.

Before program admission

After program admission

  • Physical, Immunizations and titers (blood tests for immunity)
  • Certified background check
  • Attend mandatory orientation (Failure to attend results in removal from program)
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (unless you have a two-year degree or higher, if you completed four years of high school in Florida, or if you score high enough on the ACT, SAT or PERT). Call the Testing Center at (850) 729-6016 to schedule your test.

Please note: All documentation must be submitted to the Castle Branch website.

Current application Deadline: June 1, 2020

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