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Dental Assistant Diploma Program

Miramar, FL

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

Dental Assistants can make a  real difference for a patient when they visit the dentist. Whether welcoming clients with a smile, maintaining the back-office or assisting the dentist in a procedure; a dental assistant can help put a smile on everyone's face.


Program Overview

Dental assistants do some of everything in the dental office. From updating patient records to sterilizing instruments and assisting the dentist and hygienist during procedures, their role is versatile, fast-paced, and can make a real difference in the lives of patients. With Concorde in Miramar, you can be ready to pursue a dental assistant career in months, not years. Learn the foundations of dental care and front office operations in this diploma program.

  • Curriculum includes an externship so you gain real-world experience.
  • Complete your diploma in, as few as eight-months of study.*
  • Train and acquire your CPR license.
  • Prepare to acquire a Florida Dental Radiology License and Expanded Functions Certificate.

Now Enrolling

Concorde's Miramar campus is seeking dedicated students who want to:

  • Learn to help dentists and dental hygienists deliver quality care and maintain office operations
  • Prepare for career opportunities in private practices, clinics, cosmetic dentistry, and more
  • Complete the diploma in as few as 8-months*

Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session to explore if the dental assistant program is right for you!

 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 

 

8* Mo

Program Length

8%**

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)

26.0

Credit Hours

240

Lab Hours

Get Started

Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

From Front-desk to Chairside

Concorde Miramar's dental assistant diploma teaches foundational concepts of dentistry, including anatomy, physiology and the different dental specialties. You’ll learn to take impressions, assist during procedures, and how to keep the front office operating efficiently.

Dental Assistants Learn

  • Introduction to Dental Assisting & Dental Terminology
  • Dental Specialties
  • Materials & Procedures
  • Patient Care & Management
  • Diagnostics & Orthodontics
  • Dental Radiology

Hands-On Training 

Concorde's dental assisting curriculum combines theory with practice. You'll learn the foundational theories and apply them in a lab setting on-campus. When ready, you will hone those skills in the field on an externship.

  • Taking patient histories and vital signs (blood pressure, etc.)
  • Sterilizing dental instruments and equipment
  • passing instruments to the dentist during procedures
  • Using suction to remove fluids from patients mouths during procedures
  • Educate patients about proper oral hygiene
  • Maintain patient records and appointment schedules
  • Generate patient bills and process payments

240

Externship Hours

Practical Experience

The dental assistant program includes an externship where you will gain hands-on experience working along side dentists, hygienists and other healthcare professionals. 

8 mos*

Estimated Time to Graduate

Fast-Paced Program

The dental assisting program is designed to help students efficiently learn the necessary fundamentals to prepare for a career as a dental assistant.

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 

Career Outlook

A Career with Smiles

Dental assistants provide chairside support to dentists during procedures and ensure that the dental office's operations run smoothly. They're often the first people patients meet when they arrive at the practice and the last people they see on their way out.

Dental assistants work with patient and dentists to ensure that procedures are safe and that office procedures such as appointment scheduling, referrals and payments operate efficiently. 

  • Taking patient histories & vital signs
  • Sterilizing dental instruments & equipment
  • Supporting dentists & hygienists during procedures
  • Using suction to remove fluids from patients' mouths during procedures
  • Educating patients about proper oral hygiene
  • Maintaining patient records and appointment schedules
  • Generating patient bills & processing payments

8%**

Projected national job demand for dental assistants 2021-2031

Dental Assisting Growth

Job demand for dental assistants is projected to grow as more patients seek dental care and clinics expand.

      **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for dental assistants 2021-2031 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

      Financial Aid

      As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

        


      Pacific Dental Services Foundation

       

      The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is proud to offer the "Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship”. Named after Dr. Carolyn Ghazal and her heart for service, the scholarship aims to mold the next generation of passionate, servant-hearted, dental assistant leaders. This scholarship provides need-based financial aid, mentorship and on the job training.

      Scholarships are awarded based on application excellence, financial need and a heart for service. Need-based financial aid, covered by the scholarship will be awarded not to exceed $5,000.

      To apply for consideration please ask your financial aid office or DA program director for more information.

      Award Amount:  $5,000

      Scholarship Deadlines:

      • February 1st
      • May 1st
      • August 1st
      • November 1st

      Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 

      • Currently Enrolled in a Concorde Assistant Diploma Program.
      • See application for full eligibility requirements
      • For additional consideration, create a short video answering the essay questions, upload to Instagram™ with #pdsfscholarship and tag @pdsfoundation. State full name and school in video.
      • Click here to see "how-to apply" video
      ***Scholarship selection is through a third-party, Concorde does not guarantee award or eligibility. Application for scholarship does not guarantee enrollment or graduation into Concorde, nor employment and subsequent salary by any party including Pacific Dental.
      Scholarship Application

      Accreditation

      The Dental Assistant program is approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry to certify dental assisting students in expanded duties and radiology. Department of Health, Board of Dentistry: 4052 Bald Cypress Way; Bin C-08, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258; (850) 488-0595. 

      Florida Board of Dentistry

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