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 of Science Degree in Dental Assisting
  • Earn an Associate of 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 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 Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited Dental Assisting (ATD) certificate program, students can apply to the 12-month Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

Dental Admissions Criteria

June 2019 & June 2020 Application Criteria:

  • Minimum Broward College Overall GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of ENC 1101 and SPC 1024 or 1608 (minimum grade of "C")
  • A2 HESI test for Dental Assisting
  • Applicants must complete the Health Science limited access program admission application and requirements

Application Period:

February 5 - March 12

Admission Selection Criteria:

Selection Based on Points. Total possible points = 18

GPA

  • 4.0 - 3.75 = ​4 points
  • ​3.74 - 3.50 = ​3 points
  • 3.49 - 3.0 = ​2 points
  • ​2.99 - 2.50 = ​1 point

HESI Score (minimum 75 Reading/50 Math. Highest score will be used for points)

  • 92 - 100 = ​3 points
  • ​83 - 91 = ​2 points
  • ​75 - 82 = ​1 point

Military Veteran = 5 Points 

Application Criteria Course

Grades Earned in the General Education Courses - Maximum Number of points = 6

  • ENC 1101 - Composition 1
  • SPC 1024  or SPC 1608 Introduction to Speach Communications or Introduction to Public Speaking:
    • Grade A = 3 points
    • Grade B = 2 points
    • Grade C = 1 points

In the event of a point tie,  the HESI score will be used as a tiebreaker

Additional Information:

For the June 2019 Dental Assisting program, students who were admitted had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0 and HESI scores above 84 in both Reading and Math. Accepted students had 11 to 18 points and students with 11 points had overall GPAs of 3.32 to 4.0. Alternate students had 11 points with overall GPA's of 2.5 to 3.27.

The admission selection criteria changed for the June 2020 Dental Assisting program and the points were modified for the GPA program.

Prior to admissions, each student is required to successfully complete a drug screening. Please be advised that certain over-the-counter supplements and alternative medicinal products, including but not limited to CBD, THC Cannabinoid, and Cannabinoid Oil may trigger a positive result, consequently, the student will not be able to be admitted to the Health Science program. A Second drug tested sample is not allowed per Broward College Admissions Procedure A6Hx2-5.01. The links are provided below.
Admissions Policy | Admissions Procedure

 

Application Criteria:

* Completed an ATD in Dental Assisting, including 50 semester hours from a Dental Assisting Program within Florida that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Program courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a C.

Application Period:

Open enrollment
Unlimited seats

Additional programmatic admissions criteria can be reviewed at the Health Science Admissions site.

August 2020 Application Criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Completion of ENC 1101, SPC 1608 or SPC 1024, PSY 2012, SYG 2000, Gen. Ed. Mathematics, Gen. Ed. Humanities, BSC 2085, BSC 2085L BSC 2086, BSC 2086L, MCB 2010, MCB 2010L, HUN 1202 or HUN1201, CHM 1032
  • CHM1032 cannot be substituted with higher chemistry unless it contains biochemistry. Course description and learning outcomes would have to be evaluated by our Science Department. The biochemistry course grade will determine the points awarded.
  • PSY2012 and SYG2000 may be substituted with another psychology and sociology course upon evaluation.
  • Applicants must have graduated within the last three years from a Florida Dental Assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and hold (DANB) current national certification as a Dental Assistant (CDA). See link for a list of CODA accredited Dental Assisting schools within the state of Florida. https://www.danb.org/en/The-Dental-Community/Dental-Assistants/Dental-Assisting-Programs/CODA-Accredited-Dental-Assisting-Programs.aspx
  • Each dental assisting and general education course must have a minimum grade of “C”.                
  • Successful completion of all General Education and college course requirements prior to submitting the Health Science Application.
  • Completion of a Health Science limited access application

Application Period:

April 30 - June 30

Admission Selection Criteria:

Admission is based on points. Maximum number of points = 36

GPA of Dental Assisting ATD. Maximum 5

  • 4.0 to 3.75 = 5 points
  • 3.74 to 3.50 = 4 points
  • 3.49 to 3.00 = 2 points
  • 2.99 to 2.75 = 1 point

Grades Earned in General Education Courses. Maximum number of points = 24

Number of points earned for:

  • Grade A = 3 points
  • Grade B = 2 points
  • Grade C = 1 point

Applies to each of the following courses:

  • BSC 2085 - Anatomy and Physiology I        
  • BSC 2085L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BSC 2086 - Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • BSC 2086L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • MCB 2010 - Microbiology
  • MCB 2010L- Microbiology Lab
  • CHM 1032 - Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • HUN 1202 or HUN 1201​ - Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Prior Educational Experience. Maximum number of points = 2

  • MA/MS Degree = 2 points
  • BA/BS Degree = 1 point

Military Service. Maximum number of points = 5

  • 5 points will be awarded to US Armed Forces active duty and/or honorably discharged veterans

In the event of a point tie, the overall GPA will be used as the tiebreaker.

Additional Information:​

For the August 2019 Dental Hygiene program, students were admitted who had all general education courses complete and Dental Assisting GPA's between 3.1 and 4.0 and Overall  GPA's between 2.97 to 4.0.

Alternates had Dental Assisting GPA's of 3.29 and 3.71 and Overall GPA's of 2.87 and to 3.44.

Please note: The admission selection criteria has changed form the August 2019 Dental Hygiene program.

Prior to admissions, each student is required to successfully complete a drug screening. Please be advised that certain over-the-counter supplements and alternative medicinal products, including but not limited to CBD, THC Cannabinoid, and Cannabinoid Oil may trigger a positive result, consequently, the student will not be able to be admitted to the Health Science program. A Second drug tested sample is not allowed per Broward College Admissions Procedure A6Hx2-5.01.
Admissions Policy | Admissions Procedure

Additional programmatic admissions criteria can be reviewed at the Health Science Admissions site.

Program Details

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.

Additional Program Accreditation

The programs in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation statuses of Approval Without Reporting Requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Health Science Admissions Office

North Campus
Building 41/Rm 252
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
healthscience@broward.edu

Central Campus
Building 8
3501 SW Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
healthscience@broward.edu

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