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Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene

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Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene
Train in Oral Care as an Assistant or Hygienist

Broward College is the affordable route to gain entry in the field of dentistry. We let you decide what kind of dental care professional you want to be by allowing you to:
  • Earn an Applied Technical Diploma (ATD) in Dental Assisting
  • Continue your education and earn an Associate in Science Degree in Dental Assisting
  • Earn an Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

 

Dental Assisting


As certified members of the dental team, dental assistants provide a wide range of services drawing on knowledge of the dental sciences, specialized, clinically-honed skills and proficiency in office management procedures.


Graduates of our 12-month Applied Technical Diploma (ATD) Dental Assisting program are awarded the Expanded Functions Certificate and the Dental Radiographer Certificate accepted by the state of Florida. Clinical training takes place in our on-campus dental clinic, Broward Dental Research Clinic (BDRC), and in community-based health facilities.

 

Dental Hygiene


Being a dental hygienist is a highly rewarding experience. Dental hygiene is on the national list of professions with the most potential for need and growth in the next few years. After choosing dental hygiene as your future pathway, you have many options to choose from.



Our unique "1 + 1" program format offers students the added value of becoming both a Certified Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist. After completion of our 12-month American Dental Association accredited Dental Assisting (ATD) certificate program, students can earn a 12-month Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

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Classroom Experience
Dental Assisting

 

The learning experiences for dental assisting students at Broward College are diversified and consist of didactic (lecture), clinical and laboratory sessions.

There are 36 dental assisting students admitted each June with a laboratory and preclinical faculty to student ratio of 1:12 and a clinic and radiography faculty to student ratio of 1:6.

In addition, the dental assisting students engage in off-campus extern experiences as well as train in the on-campus dental clinic.


See the full program for Dental Assisting.

Dental Hygiene​


The learning experiences for the dental hygiene student at Broward College are diversified and consist of didactic, clinical and laboratory sessions.

There are 16 dental hygiene students admitted each August with a laboratory, preclinic, clinic, and radiographic clinic faculty to student ratio of 1:5 and a dental science laboratory faculty to student ratio of 1:10.
Dental hygiene students have the opportunity to train in a full-service dental hygiene clinic on campus. Additionally, students engage in off-campus clinical and community outreach experiences which allows for active engagement in the Broward County dental community.

See the full program for Dental Hygiene.  

Our faculty and staff have an open door policy to any questions that may arise during the academic experience.  Our dental learning environment is professional and extremely friendly, and our on-campus clinic features an affiliation with the Broward Dental Research Clinic.
 
In addition, the Dental Department hosts many dental professionals from all areas of the dental community who come to Broward College to speak and interact with the students and who cover about many different areas of dentistry. 
Career Path
Dental Assistant
 
Career Path
Attending and graduating Broward College’s Dental Assisting Program gives the dental assistant several different career pathways, from private practice dental offices to the armed forces and public health.  Many hospitals have incorporated dental clinics within their institutions to provide dentistry for patients confined in the hospital or for outpatient services to patients with specific disease. After earning the Applied Technical Diploma (ATD) in Dental Assisting, the dental assistant can work in a dental office performing all the dental assisting expanded functions outlined by the Florida Board of Dentistry. The CODA accredited, DANB certified dental assistant can also decide to earn the Associate in Science Degree in Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene. 
 
 
The following is up to date dental assisting information from the Florida Department of Education:
 
This program meets public institution criteria as a Gainful Employment Program as stipulated by the US Department of Education; as such, the college is required to disclose the following information:
 
Job Placement Rate
Job placement rate of program graduates according to the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP)
Placement rate of all program graduates: 66%
Placement rate of program graduates in career field: 47%
66 percent of graduates find work after receiving their certification, with the average wage totaling over $34,000.
On-time Completion Rate

The completion rate of students who have graduated the program of study within the full-time attendance time frame.
Program Length: 12 months
On-time Completion Rate: 97%
National Board Success Rate
 
CIP to SOC Linkage

Florida Department of Education's Classification of Instruction Program (CIP) Code to the U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) Code Linkage
CIP Code
Program Title
Aligned Job Title
Avg. Annual Salary
SOC Code
O* Net Link
0317010100
Dental Assisting
Dental Assistants
$34,900
319091
 
Dental Hygienist
 
Career Path
Wherever you practice your profession, the strong academic and clinical components of our program will prepare you for ongoing success in the field of dental hygiene.  Our program will give you success in the pathway of your choice and in the following employment opportunities:
  • Solo or group practices
  • Specialty practices
  • Public health dentistry
  • Hospital dental clinics
  • Insurance companies
  • Sales representatives for dental products
  • Teaching in dental assisting, dental hygiene or dental schools
 
Job Placement Rate
The majority of the dental hygiene graduates secure employment within two months of earning their Florida State Dental Hygiene license. One hundred percent of our graduates secure employment within six-months of graduation and acquiring the state license.
 
National and State Board Success Rate
Over 95 percent of Broward College students who complete this program pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Over 95 percent of Broward College students completing this program obtain Florida state licensure. 
All Broward College dental hygiene graduates may contact the department at 954-201-6779 for information and job listings. Student information for year of graduation is required. 
On-time Completion Rate

The completion rate of students who have graduated the program of study within the full-time attendance time frame.
Program Length: 12 months
On-time Completion Rate: 100%
 
CIP
Code
Program Title
Aligned Job Title
National Avg. Annual Salary
SOC Code
O* Net Link
1317010200
Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygienist
$71,100
 
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Is This Program Right for Me?
​​If you are a person committed to helping others and promoting healthful living then dental assisting is right for you. If you're interested in a health career that gives you the responsibility of direct patient care, the convenience of flexible work hours, and the ability to practice anywhere in the world, dental hygiene may be right for you. 
 
In order to be successful, both tracks require the following technical standards:
 
  • Greet and seat patients
  • Position patients for treatment
  • Be proficient in technology as it relates to dentistry
  • Use the sense of touch and sight in order to provide patient care
  • Hear audible cues and warnings of equipment, such as the oxygen tank alarm signal
  • Use both hands to manipulate instruments to operate the equipment
  • Adhere to the professional code of conduct performing within the scope of practice, protecting patients’ rights and confidentiality
  • Comprehend and employ appropriate medical/ dental terminology to be able to interact with associated physicians and/or dentists
  • Exercise professional judgment and discretion to be able to identify life-threatening situations and implement appropriate emergency care
  • Use interpersonal skills to professionally and sensitively interact with patients.
  • Use oral and written communication to access clinical records
  • Coordinate movement of equipment and accessories, such as portable machines
After achieving a certificate in dental assisting, you will be expected to:
 
  • Sterilize equipment
  • Remove surgical sutures
  • Prepare dental filling materials
  • Take impressions of study casts
  • Place and remove periodontal dressings
  • Expose, process, and mount dental radiographs
  • Give oral health care instructions to patients and peers
  • Work chair side with the dentist utilizing the four handed dentistry technique
 
As licensed members of the dental team, dental hygienists provide a variety of preventive and therapeutic procedures that promote good oral health. After earning your A.S. in dental hygiene, you will be expected to:
 
  • Apply fluoride and sealants
  • Take diagnostic radiographs
  • Provide nutritional counseling
  • Work chair side with the dentist
  • Remove calculus and plaque from teeth
  • Assist the dentist in providing oral health treatments
  • Provide oral health education to patients, peers and the community
  • Perform procedures that aid in the prevention and treatment of gum diseases
All prospective Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students must be a student of Broward College prior to submitting the Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene application to the office of Health Science Admissions.  For the Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene application, the minimum transfer GPA, high school GPA and, if applicable, BC GPA is 2.5. Applicants for the Dental Assisting program must have completed the state required Health Core class HCP 0001.

 

All applicants must review and sign the College's InfectiousDiseasePolicy.pdfInfectious Disease Policy prior to enrollment, in addition to reviewing the drug testing and criminal background check information. All application forms, prerequisite information, policies and admissions instructions can be found on the Health Sciences Admissions page
Accreditation
Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).
The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are each accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The telephone number is 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653. 
Faculty
The faculty of both programs is in compliance with Broward College and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation requirements.  All the faculty of the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs have extensive professional dental experience.
 
Our instructors include graduates Georgetown University, New York University, University of Florida, Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), Saint Petersburg College and several Broward College graduates.
Courses

Dental Assisting 

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The Dental Assisting Program is a full-time daytime 12-month program.  Upon completion of the Applied Technical Diploma, the dental assisting graduate will have completed the equivalency of 50 college credits.  Courses include:

 

  • Preventive dentistry
  • Dental office management
  • Dental radiography and labs
 
 
Dental Hygiene 
 
After completion of our American Dental Association accredited 12-month Dental Assisting program you can earn a 12-month Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Graduates will also be eligible for Florida State Dental Hygiene Licensure. Courses include:
  • Periodontology and labs
  • Pain control and anesthesia
  • Community dental health labs
 
Dental Assisting Philosophy & Program Goals

Dental Assisting Philosophy

 
Realizing the demands of the community and the needs of the individual, Broward College has designed the dental assisting program to prepare individuals to be an integral member of the dental health team in the health care setting so they can make their greatest contribution to society and in which they can gain personal growth and satisfaction. 
 
The Administration, Faculty, and the Dental Assisting/Hygiene Advisory Board of Broward College have established specific goals for the achievement of this objective within the Dental Assisting Program.
 
Dental Assisting Program Goals
 
To prepare the dental assisting student to become a critical thinking health care professional who promotes health and the prevention of disease by inquiring, evaluating, synthesizing, and applying evidence-based information.
 
To prepare individuals who have the capability to sustain the professional, moral and ethical obligations associated with being a member of the dental health team.
 
To prepare those individuals who have the capability and desire to competently perform those expanded duties approved for the dental assistant by the Florida State Board of Dentistry. 
 
To prepare learning opportunities for students to qualify for examination and certification as a certified dental assistant in which passing rates for National Boards meet or exceed state and national averages
 
To prepare individuals who have the capability and desire to keep abreast of new developments and changes in the field of dentistry through the American Dental Assistants Association and professional dental literature
 
To prepare individuals capable of performing the clinical and office skills that may be appropriately delegated to a dental assistant
 
To prepare those individuals who wish to continue the educational process by pursuing an Associate of Science degree with the educational foundation for higher academic achievement
 
To adhere to the accreditation standards for dental assisting education programs set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education
 
To insure students receive accurate information, guidance and advisement to obtain optimal direction for their educational pursuit in the dental assisting and/or hygiene profession
 
To prepare students in identification of patient cultural differences and communication methods in their practice of dental assisting
Dental Hygiene Philosophy & Program Goals

Dental Hygiene Philosophy

 
Realizing the demands of society, Broward College has designed its programs to prepare individuals for vocations in which they can make their greatest contribution to society and in which they can gain personal satisfaction. 
 
The Administration, Faculty, and the Dental Assisting/Hygiene Advisory Board of Broward College have established specific goals for the achievement of this objective within the Dental Hygiene Program.
 
 
Dental Hygiene Goals
 
 
Goal       #
Broward College Dental Hygiene Goals
 
1
Prepare knowledgeable and skilled students who possess the critical thinking and problem solving abilities to sustain the professional, moral and ethical obligations associated with being a member of the dental health team.
 
2
Prepare students to successfully complete the National Board of Dental Hygiene and Florida/Northeast Regional Board Exam.
 
3
Graduate students dedicated to life-long learning with competence in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community outreach programs for various populations.
4
Organize and maintain an advisory committee, which consists of persons actively practicing or supporting the profession of dental hygiene.
 
5
Apply the process of care for preventive and therapeutic oral health
management to a diverse patient population using the most current theory and technology.
 
6
Demonstrate knowledge of safe and effective patient care by adherence to proper infection control, HIPAA requirements, and emergency protocol during the provision of client care.
 
 
Dental Hygiene Competencies
 
 
The following program competencies reflect knowledge and clinical skills necessary for the competent practice of dental hygiene. Achievement of these competencies requires general education background in oral and written communications, psychology, and sociology and a foundation in the biomedical sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, general pathology, nutrition and pharmacology. The Commission on Dental Accreditation defines program competencies including:
 
1)         Graduates must be competent in assessing the treatment needs and providing dental hygiene care for a diversity of patient types including children, adolescents, adults, geriatric, and special needs patients.
           
 
2)         Graduates must be competent in assessing oral health, analyzing assessment findings, establishing a care plan for optimal health, providing patient-centered treatment and evidence-based care, and documenting all relevant treatment.
           
 
3)         Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene care for all periodontal classifications, from gingivitis to severe periodontal disease.
           
 
4)         Graduates must be competent in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups and other members of the health care team
           
 
5)         Graduates must be competent in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of community-based oral health and disease prevention programs
 
 
6)         Graduates must be competent in providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice. 
        
 
7)         Graduates must be competent in the application of the principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision-making and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, research, patient care and practice management.
 
8)         Graduates must be competent in applying legal and regulatory concepts to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
           
 
 
For Alumni
All graduates of Broward college continue to be forever important to us.  For alumni information, join the Alumni & Friends Association. For employment opportunities, please contact the department at 954-201-6779. Student information for year of graduation is required.
Broward Dental Research Clinic
The Broward Dental Research Clinic, established in 1975, is a full-service dental hygiene clinic and a limited service dental clinic serving the needs of the community. The clinic is a valuable tool in your clinical education as a future dental assistant or dental hygienist because it allows you to promote the oral health of the public so you can apply what you have learned. The clinic also offers continuing education opportunities for dentists.
 
Links
Below are some resourceful industry links to give you more background information on being a dental hygienist or dental assistant.
 
 
 
 
Dental Career Guide
 
 

Broward College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding
the non-discrimination policies and Title IX may be directed to: Equity Coordinator Dr. Denese Edsall, Executive Director, Human Resources, 6400 NW 6th Way, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309,
(954) 201-7502, dedsall@broward.edu