Credentials Approved from the Florida Department of Health, Board of Dentistry Pursuant to Rule 64B5-16.0002(1)(b), FAC. And Licensed by the Commission of Independent Education, Department of Education, Tallahassee, Florida #4801
The Dental Assisting Academy of the Palm Beaches offers an accelerated 8-week entry-level program with hands-on training in a dental lab setting, and an experience in a dental office with 55 clinical externship hours. Students who complete the Entry-level Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program will be awarded an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certificate.
ABOUT OUR ACADEMY
DENTAL ASSISTING ACADEMY OF THE PALM BEACHES
A premier Entry-Level Expanded Functions Dental Assistant training facility recognized by South Florida Dental Community and is dedicated to each and every student to teaching dental assisting basic knowledge and professionalism to become an Entry-Level Expanded Functions Dental Assistant along with Radiology, OSHA, and CPR. As a team, we optimize student success with providing an intimate learning environment so that our students are capable of learning in a short period of time with the goal is to see each student through certification requirements with their resume and aiding in job employment. Our student’s that attend our program are mostly from referrals from past students who are sharing their own experience and success stories and they can’t wait to have a success story to tell as well, while others find us on Facebook, Google, or on our Blog.
People say “sounds too good to be true” compared to the longer programs, when they see our reviews and walk in that front door they realize they are in the right place!
Let’s face it people are visual and learn better with hands-on training rather than just the education from lecturing in a classroom, this is why DAAPB presents a curriculum for the “QUICK LERNER”. The course is delivered in a “hybrid format” affording our students to attend class 1 week-day or weekend, (choosing your preferred day, however remaining that same day of the week or weekend, each week). You will begin each class reviewing what you have studied we have in our course outline divided into the weeks outlined, therefore prior to the first class begins there will be study required. After our review lecture, we will spend the majority of the classroom day in labs being taught hands-on dental assisting skills.
At home on your own time throughout the week you will be completing homework consisting of textbook work, quizzes online come directly from the textbook on the chapters assigned to that section and videos. Each week you will have a Clinical Assessment Tests from the procedures you learn in class and Online. Hands-On Clinical Assessments are done in class; Tests are done online.
You will be required to spend about 6-8 hours per week outside of class time to complete workbook and textbook assignments and the clinical externship in a dental office totaling 55 hours total which you have 3 months to complete. The cost of the Program includes your Florida Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification and Dental X-ray Certification from the Florida Board of Dentistry once you complete the course requirements totaling 119 hours.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP HOURS IN A DENTAL OFFICE
On-campus, learning hands-on dental assisting skills and techniques in all phases of dentistry our students will practice on manikins or limited on fellow classmates, with the instructor presiding. CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP HOURS IN AN ACTUAL DENTAL OFFICE, shadowing a dental assistant to begin, allows for students to become involved in real life scenarios as they prepare for a career. It is exceedingly valuable for students to get connected with their clinical externship sites, this is also an opportunity to GAIN EMPLOYMENT. We encourage all students to start their 55 hours as soon as possible.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Select which class you want to Enroll with or view our Class Calendar:
HOLIDAYS WE ARE CLOSED AND THE WEEKEND CLASSES
Below are the next classes for the following days, if you wish to start at a later date please view our calendar.
TUESDAY’S: September 4th-October 23rd
WEDNESDAY’S: October 10th-December 5th
THURSDAY’S: August 23rd- October 11th
SATURDAY’S: August 18th-October 13th
BELOW ARE THE STEPS TO ENROLL OR SCHEDULE A TOUR FOR MORE INFORMATION
1: Complete the online Application, which can be found here.
2: You will receive a phone interview with an administrator.
3: After the phone interview, a tour of the facility will be scheduled.
On the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet our team, view our facility and go over our Academy policies and discuss how the program is entailed, along with your questions or concerns answered. If at that time you decide to join our Academy you may finalize your enrollment and pay your deposit at that time, if you haven’t already. Once you are completed with the registration process you will receive your supplies to begin the class you have enrolled in. We urge every prospective student to take the time to consider the importance and commitment of enrolling.
What Do I Need to Enroll
All Students Must Have:
• High School Diploma, a GED, or if under the age of 18 a Parental Signature
• Government Identification (Driver’s License or Passport)
• A Completed and Submitted Application, which can be found above
IS DENTAL ASSISTING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?
The best dental assistants are people who are friendly, have a beautiful smile, pleasant demeanor, organized, multi-tasked quick learner, committed, punctual, team player and love helping others.
For people who have the right personality, who thrive in a team environment, and who are willing to work hard for the success of the practice, dental assisting can be a highly rewarding career and exciting field.
Must be dedicated to undergo formal training and obtain Entry-Level Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification along with Radiology, Osha and CPR and resume with employment assistance.
WHAT DOES A DENTAL ASSISTANT DO?
Tasks performed by a dental assistant vary depending on the day, the dental office, and the state. Most dental assistants prepare instruments the dentist needs, scheduling and some administrative tasks, using skills and training making sure the dental office functions as smoothly as possible. You will take dental impressions, fabricate temporary crowns, take radio graph’s, application of sealant and fluoride treatments, and perform coronal polishing.
WHERE DO DENTAL ASSISTANTS WORK?
For skilled dental assistants, the opportunities for work are wider than just the private dental practice. group practices, and in public health dentistry and specialty practices. Teaching opportunities are also available for trained dental assistants with at least 5 years experience.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD DENTAL ASSISTANT?
Dental assistants use their minds and hands on a daily basis, so people who are quick-thinking, multitask logical, social and great with their hands. Dental assistants are people who generally excel at and enjoy being around other people.
It’s also important to note that a dental assistant should excel in a changing environment. If you prefer settings where you are totally in control or where things don’t change much, the dental practice may not be a good setting for you.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR DENTAL ASSISTANTS?
If you’re considering becoming an Entry-Level Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, you are entering a rapidly-growing field. Career research continually points to the effect oral health has on the overall well being, preventive dental services are more and more in demand. From 2014 to 2024, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent. In comparison that to the 7 percent growth projected for all other professions, so the opportunity is increasing for skilled dental assistants
Caring, great employment skills, Good attitude (spirit), team player and has a passion to be a dental assistant.
Our students are tested throughout program, so they know how they are progressing.
Students are hired majority of the time in their externship site, before they graduate.
8-Week Certification Program – A comprehensive 8 sessions one-day attendance with 55 clinical hours externship, this entry-level certification program is designed to provide students with technical and practical applications of dental assisting. Information is delivered with an Online lecture, lecture review on campus and hands-on lab hours along with clinical externship training working alongside the dentist during or after the program. Upon completion receiving and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate including Radiology and CPR training and resume.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR $300 OFF FOR SUMMER TUITION!
Education – Must have a high school diploma or GED.
Register/Payment – You have three options when it comes to registering for the class and making a payment. (Application Fee of $25.00 is calculated in all payment options)
Full payment – Make a full payment of $3499. Includes class cost, rental textbook, scrub, and supplies.
Partial Payment – A deposit of $599 due now (which includes rental textbook, scrub & supplies) & the remaining balance of $2900 will be due 1 week (day before start date) and can be paid online or in person.
Payment Arrangement – A deposit of $599 due now (which includes rental textbook, scrub & supplies) & then pay 4 equal payments $725 to be paid biweekly for the remaining balance of $2900.
1st Payment Due Week 1 $725
2nd Payment Due Week 3 $725
3rd Payment Due Week 5 $725
4th Payment Due Week 7 $725
After Registration – After registering for the class, please call us at 561.900.7141 so we can confirm your enrollment.
Experienced Dental Assistants EFDA and Radiology Certifications
1 DAY CERTIFICATIONS – These one-day courses are designed for a dental assistant with a minimum of three months experience who has been formally trained by a licensed dentist. Students in the EFDA and Radiology class must be able to perform all of the expanded functions or radiology procedures in a clinical setting to earn a certificate. Fill out the employment verification form and bring the completed form with you on your selected course date.
EFDA CERTIFICATION COURSE
TOTAL COST OF COURSE $305
This one day course is for a dental assistant with a minimum of three months experience who has been formally trained by a licensed dentist. Students in the EFDA class must be able to perform all of the expanded functions in a clinical setting and pass a written exam with a grade of 75% or better a certificate will be issued.
TOTAL COST OF COURSE $265
This one day course is for the dental assistant with the minimum of three months experience who has been formally trained by a licensed dentist, assisting in the positioning and exposing of x-rays. After performing skills in a clinical setting and passing a written exam with a grade of 75% or better a certificate will be issued.
Upon Completion of the course, you will receive your Radiology Certification. This is a requirement for the State of Florida. We will provide students with the necessary paperwork to apply for Radiology License with the State of Florida after course. This requires a copy of the Radiology Certification sent with the completed paperwork along with a minimal fee to the state of Florida, per Florida’s Requirements.
Fabricating Provisional Crowns and Bridges
Total Cost of Course $325, Scheduled by request
Advanced training for certification of additional expanded functions beyond those covered in the Expanded Functions course. Per Florida Statutes, Section 466-024(6) and Board of Dentistry Rule 64B5-16.005, this course is approved for the certification of dental auxiliaries to legally perform the expanded functions of cementing temporary crowns and bridges with temporary cement and fabricating temporary crowns and bridges intra-orally
Verify Employment – Fill out the employment verification form and bring the completed form with you on your selected course date.
Thank you so much for everything! The Academy has been amazing from the day you walk into the door, you do not get that overwhelming feeling like you're in school. I will definitely miss coming to classes. The instructors were caring and dedicated, making certain we were taught properly. I was at my externship for only a few days and they hired me I will begin working for me full-time with awesome benefits, amazing!
I came in to meet Chris to sign up for the program because I heard so many wonderful things about the Academy. My aspiration is to be a dentist so I thought I'd take this program so I could get in the dental field quickly. Upon registering Chris had just received a telephone call from a Doctor, who is actually on the Florida Board of Dentistry and she immediately told me about him. I went and met the Doctor and he said he liked my personality and great you can start your externship right away and if all works out I will hire you. I have to say I'm gainfully employed and loving every minute of it thank you so much for changing my life Dental Assisting Academy of the Palm Beaches.
This is been such a rewarding experience getting into the program I had always wanted to go into Dental Assisting and change direction from just a retail job, well it was possible I moved here from Texax and found this program online sure enough it was the best decision of my life! In my fourth week at the academy, Chris gave me a lead of an orthodontist looking for an extern with possible hire employment, to get into a an orthodontist office is virtually impossible unless you have prior experience. Well I jumped on it very quickly met with the office sure enough I was hired, more than my dream come true and I am so happy and learning so much in such a short period of time. Thank you so much for changing my life in a new direction.
So many wonderful things to tell about the Academy Miss Autumn, Miss Marina, Miss Tricia and Chris are the best! They truly are caring and dedicated to the needs of their students and we can actually have fun and learn at the same time! Hands-on experience in this accelerated program is the best way to go. I had checked out the longer programs and I could not work and attend school at the same time so this is afforded me the opportunity to earn and income and change my career without going into debt. You changed my life thank you DAAPB!
Our program is affordable designed to allow students to attend while still working at their present job. Dental Assisting Academy instructors have over 20 years of combined experience and they genuinely care about their students succeeding. Students receive the benefit of comprehensive hands-on training within the daily procedures, lecture and lab and in just 8 weeks they will have all the basics of an Entry-Level Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. With the right attitude and employment ethics the majority of our students are offered a position in their externship prior to graduating.