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Starting in accredited dental assistant schools in Florida will get you access in to one of the best healthcare career options in Florida. The growth of the industry as a whole is flourishing and we are very excited about what it can do for you and your healthcare career! Find out more about the path to dental assisting certifications and more below.

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How to become a dental assistant in Florida.

All training for dental assisting and all dental professions and professionals are regulated and governed by the Florida Board of Dentistry. Florida as a state separates dental assistants that have been through formal dental assistant training, and those that have been trained by a dentist on the job.

The Florida Dental Practice Act dictates what entry level on the job trained dental assistants in Florida can do on the job. Florida dental assistants are trained by the dentist on the job. The supervising licensed dentist has the responsibility of making sure that the trained dental assistant gets adequate training and gets the skills for performing all the basic assisting procedures that are designated for them in the Florida State Dental Practice Act.

All the expanded duties that can be done by dental assistants in Florida are laid out in Article 466.024 of the Dental Practice Act. To do these functions on the job, all dental assistants have to go about being be formally trained, they can do this through completion of CODA-approved dental assisting program (We list them for you below) or by taking and then completing an expanded duties dental assisting training that is fully approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry.

If dental assistants want to preform any x-ray duties and tasks, they will have to finish a Florida Board of Dentistry approved dental assisting school in Florida. Three months of continuous training in radiographs under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist and the completion an approved radiology course can also pt you in a position to preform the expanded function of x-ray work in the dental office.

Florida Dental Assisting Courses Approved by CODA

South Florida State College
600 W. College Drive Avon Park 33825
(863) 784-7023

Manatee Technical College
5520 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Bradenton 34202
(941) 752-8100 x2110

Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Road Cocoa 32922

Atlantic Technical College
4700 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek 33063

Daytona State College
P.O. Box 2811 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach 32120-2811

Broward College
3501 Southwest Davie Road; Bldg 8 Ft. Lauderdale 33314

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue Ft. Pierce 34981

Santa Fe College-Florida
3000 N.W. 83rd Street Gainesville 32606

Florida State College at Jacksonville
4501 Capper Road Jacksonville 32218

Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue Lake Worth 33461

Traviss Technical College
3225 Winter Lake Road Lakeland 33803
863-499-2700 x286

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Educational Center
750 N.W. 20th Street Miami 33127
305-324-6070 x7084

Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
18180 S.W. 122nd Avenue Miami 33177
305-253-9920 x2212

Lorenzo Walker Technical College
3702 Estey Avenue Naples 34104

Northwest Florida State College
100 College Boulevard Niceville 32578
850-729-6722 x6722

College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Road Ocala 34474

Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus
301 West Amelia Street Orlando 32801

Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98 Panama City 32401-1058

Charlotte Technical College
18300 Toledo Blade Blvd Port Charlotte 33948-3399
941-255-7500 x177

Pinellas Technical College
901 34th Street, South St. Petersburg 33711
727-893-2500 x2573

Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive Tallahassee 32304-2895

Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive Tampa 33606

Erwin Technical College
2010 E. Hillsborough Ave Tampa 33610
813-769-5180 (x254)

We show you all the salary outlook across Florida with our data below and with the 16% increase in Florida for new dental assisting jobs we could not be anymore happy about the expected growth in the field.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FLHourly$15.08$20.06$24.26
Port St. Lucie, FLHourly$11.98$19.65$24.04
Naples-Marco Island, FL MSAHourly$14.42$19.40$24.57
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$12.35$19.16$25.65
Tallahassee, FLHourly$12.32$19.09$24.33
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FLHourly$12.99$18.62$23.60
Punta Gorda, FLHourly$13.57$18.48$23.14
Gainesville, FLHourly$12.79$17.97$23.93
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$12.99$17.96$28.50
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FLHourly$12.33$17.89$25.72
South FloridaHourly$13.76$17.75$23.10
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FLHourly$12.40$17.74$23.84
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FLHourly$12.57$17.67$25.08
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FLHourly$13.32$17.66$22.95
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FLHourly$13.15$17.59$23.17
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FLHourly$13.31$17.55$22.23
Jacksonville, FLHourly$12.24$17.29$23.65
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FLHourly$13.48$17.26$23.52
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FLHourly$12.73$17.03$22.98
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$11.71$15.95$24.72
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FLHourly$12.65$15.61$19.10
Ocala, FLHourly$12.97$15.55$20.56
Northeast FloridaHourly$10.95$15.49$19.62
Northwest FloridaHourly$10.03$12.65$16.85

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