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How to Apply for Dental Assisting Program

NOTE: Students must be 18 years old at start of Fall term.

The Dental Assisting program at EFSC has two program options:

OPTION A: Daytime Program

The Daytime Program application deadline is April 8, and classes begin in May. This is a 15-month program.

OPTION B: Outreach Program (Online and Evening Labs)

The Outreach Program application deadline is July 8, and the program starts in August. This is a 16-month program. Students complete coursework online and are required to attend face-to-face lab classes two nights per week. During the third and fourth semesters, students must also attend at least two clinical days per week during the Monday-Friday work week. The curriculum may be completed while working in a dental office or at other employment. 

Program Selection:

For both program options, selection for admission is guided by a point scale. The applicant must be recommended for acceptance by the Selection Committee before entering the program (See Selection Criteria).

Note: Students accepted in the Dental Assisting Program are required to complete and pass a Background check, a drug screening, and comply with the immunization requirements.

In order to be considered for the Dental Assisting program, students must follow the steps detailed below.

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See a Health Science Advisor

See a Health Science Advisor to go over admissions criteria, deadlines, testing requirements and set up a course plan for completing prerequisite classes.

Click to schedule a Health Science Advising Appointment. You will receive an email or phone call from the advisor as confirmation of your appointment. Please note that your requested time may not be available. If you have not received a response within two business days, please check your email's spam folder.

Verify EFSC General Admissions Status (Current, New or Returning)

Students must be current students at Eastern Florida State College before they can apply to the Dental Assisting progam. 

NEW STUDENTS: For students new to EFSC, complete the EFSC online application for admission prior to the Phlebotomy program application deadline. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be paid before the application can be processed.

Please note that applications are processed in the order they were received and application processing time may take up to seven days. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

In addition, new EFSC students need to

  • Submit official High School Transcripts (or GED scores) to General Admissions.
  • Submit official transcripts from any and all colleges attended prior to EFSC (if applicable)
  • Provide FL Residency documentation, complete the New Student Orientation, and finalize any other EFSC General Admissions requirements.

RETURNING STUDENTS: Returning/readmit students who have not completed a course in the past year must also re-apply online.  There is no application fee for a readmit application. Readmit Students need to

  • Submit official transcripts from any and all colleges attended since their last enrollment at EFSC (if applicable).
  • Provide FL Residency documentation, and complete any other EFSC General Admissions requirements.

CURRENT STUDENTS: Current Students may move on to the next step.

Take Prerequisite and Support Classes

Students should take Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 and Introduction to Healthcare before applying to the Dental Assisting program.  Students may also elect to take Composition 1, Speech, Intermediate Algebra, and Microcomputer Applications for Bonus Points.

Complete Online Dental Assisting Application

Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Dental Assisting. A $25 payment can be paid online or to the cashier's office by the application deadline. This fee is non-refundable.

An UNOFFICIAL copy of every college transcript is required with the Health Science application. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed from myGPS or at www.floridashines.org.

Submit all application materials:   Unofficial Transcript(s), Work Experience Form, Essay, Performance Standards Form, and CPR Card

The following application materials must be submitted to healthscience@easternflorida.edu by the application deadline:

1.  Applicants must submit an unofficial EFSC transcript, and transcripts from any other college(s) previously attended. If you have taken less than 12 college credits, you must submit a high school transcript as well.

2.  Applicants must submit proof of Work Experience Form, if applicable.

3.  Applicants must submit a typed, one page essay on the following topic: "Why Am I choosing Dental Assisting as a Career?"

4.  Applicants must review and sign the Performance Standards form.

5. CPR card