Before Starting an Externship each Student must sign a “Consent to Begin Externship” Form Stating that you have completed all the Requirements to begin your Externship. This can be found in the Handouts Section or in the next tab. Print, Sign and give to your Instructor or email to our Front Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE NOTE: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you understand the Consent to Begin Externship. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Business office or ask your Instructor.
It is the students responsibility to secure an Externship site. When seeking an Externship you should provide the dental office with:
1. Your Resume
1a. Cover letter if mailing or dropping off at office or cover letter info in the body of the email if emailing with attachments. (see sample )
2. Letter to Dental Office from School regarding Externship
3. Copy of Professional Liability Insurance
4. EFDA – 200 Hour Externship Form – ( send this form back to us AFTER Externship is completed)
5. X-ray Externship Form (Page 1 ONLY of Radiology Certification Application – send this form back to us AFTER Externship is completed)
IMPORTANT: DO NOT SEND THIS FORM TO TALLAHASSEE UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE TURNED INTO OUR OFFICE AND YOU RECEIVE YOUR EFDA AND X-RAY CERTIFICATIONS FROM US
Securing an Externship is much like interviewing for a job. You will call, email or go to a dental office, explain that you are in a dental assisting program that requires a 200 hour Externship for Certification and provide the office with the above listed forms.
The days and times for your Externship is determined between you and the Dental Office depending on your availability and the needs of the office. Please remember that your Externship cannot be completed any quicker than 3 months, approximately 16.5 hours per week to finish in 3 months. You have up to 12 months to complete your Externship. It is your responsibility to keep track of your hours.
Please Note: Although it is an “Externship” you must go to the office as scheduled between you and the dental office. It is not advised to call out sick or not show up to your Externship site if you are scheduled to on a specific day. The dental office may schedule patients based on you being there to help and if you call out or do not show up it is a hardship on the office. Your Externship site has to ability to terminate your Externship for excessive absences or if they feel it is not working out.
You will use the “Hours Log” to keep track of your hours and have a supervisor initial your hours daily.
PLEASE NOTE: Your Externship MUST be started no later than 1 month after the completion of the 12 week Course.
Once you have completed the 3 months/200 hours, the dentist must sign 2 forms the Dental X-ray Form (page 1 only) and the EFDA – 200 Hour Externship Form. You will mail, email or drop off those 2 completed Forms to Academy for Dental Assistants and we will issue your 2 Florida Board of Dentistry Certifications: Dental X-ray Certification and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification.