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Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (510601)

Diploma: Diploma in Applied Science, DAS


The Dental Hygiene and Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting programs at Florence-Darlington Technical College are accredited by of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 440-4653

The Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting program is a Diploma program that is three semesters in length and is comprised of didactic, clinical, and laboratory courses offered at the Health Science Campus. In addition to on-site clinical experiences, dental assisting students will have the opportunity to gain meaningful experiences through off-site clinical rotations. Dental assisting students will be able to study and practice all expanded duties that they will be certified to perform, including assisting the dentist with restorative procedures, teaching oral hygiene instruction, taking impressions of teeth, polishing structures above the gum-line, taking radiographs (x-rays), placing preventive sealants to the pits and grooves of teeth, and monitoring of nitrous oxide. 

Statistics and Facts

100%Job Placement Rate 2014-2015
100%Job Placement Rate 2013-2014 (within a year of graduation)
100%National Board Pass Rate 2013-2014
88%Program Graduation Rate 2013-2014
100%Program Graduation Rate 2014-2015
93% First AttemptNational Board Pass Rate 2014-2015 (100% Second Attempt)

In the Real World

As a dental assistant, an individual also has the opportunity to work in a variety settings, including:

  • Being employed in a general dental practice under the general supervision of the dentist performing chair-side procedures.
  • Being employed in specialty dental practices, including: oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and endodontics performing chair-side procedures.
  • Being employed to provide services in hospitals, nursing homes, and public health clinics.
  • Furthering their education to teach dental assisting at dental assisting schools.
  • Sales and marketing of dental-related equipment and materials.
  • Office management and business administration.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?
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