12 Week Dental Assistant Program FAQ
How much will this program cost me?
Tuition and fees: $2595
How long is Academy for Dental Assistants Program?
Program Length is 12 weeks training in our facility and a 200 hour internship at a local dental office. The Internship is completed in 3 -12 months.
What certifications will I get after taking your program?
When you complete the 12 week training program and a 200 hour internship you will receive your EFDA Certification and Dental X-ray Certification to become certified as a Florida Dental Assistant.
Both State Certifications are provided to the student once they complete the 12 week program and the 200 hour internship at no additional cost and no additional classes. The 2 State Certifications are included in the cost of the program $2395.
Does this program offer a diploma, a degree or a certification in Dental Assisting?
Florida requires dental assistants to have 2 certifications in order to be a Florida Dental Assistant your Florida Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification (EFDA) and a Florida Dental X-ray Certification.
Both State Certifications are provided to the student once they complete the 12 week program and the 200 hour internship at no additional cost and no additional classes.
After the program will I have to complete any other schooling or take any other tests?
No further schooling or tests will be needed to become a Florida Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. During the program you take the state tests required to become a dental assistant in Florida. Once you complete your 12 Week Dental Assisting Program and the 200 hour internship, the dentist will sign a form that we provide stating you have been formally trained in the EFDA and X-ray procedures along with your hours and dates of training. That form is sent to the school and your EFDA and X-ray Certifications will be given. There is no additional testing, schooling or funds needed.
What other costs are there for this program?
Students are responsible for their medical scrub uniform and textbooks, no other fees are necessary.
- Textbook Modern Dental Assisting, 12th Ed
by Doni L. Bird CDA RDA RDH MA (Author), Debbie S. Robinson CDA MS (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0323430302 ISBN-10: 0323430309 Edition: 12th
- Student Workbook for Modern Dental Assisting, 12e Paperback –
by Doni L. Bird CDA RDA RDH MA (Author), Debbie S. Robinson CDA MS (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0323430319 ISBN-10: 0323430317 Edition: 12th
Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide, 6e Spiral-bound –
by Linda Bartolomucci Boyd CDA RDA BA (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0323474054 ISBN-10: 0323474055 Edition: 6th
Navy Blue Medical Scrub Uniform (pants, top, jacket)
Purchased at any Uniform Store or Walmart
What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
We accept check, cash, and all major credit cards.
We also offer in office financing with a $600 deposit and $180 a week for 12 weeks.
We do not accept Pell Grants due to the program only being 12 weeks in length and under $5,000.
How many tests are in your program?
There are 4 tests throughout the program each one has a written test that will be online and clinical hands on portion that will be in our facility. The written tests will come directly from the book and the hands on test will be from skills you have learned in our facility.
These are the State Tests for Certification as a Dental Assistant in Florida. No other tests are required to receive your EFDA and X-ray Certifications from the Florida Board of Dentistry.
What is the difference between your program and other programs that are 10 -12 month programs?
The difference is about $10,000. We have developed our program to spend less time in the classroom and more time in the field with the training in a real dental office. We have developed this course to teach the current procedures used today and take out the material that you won’t use as a dental assistant (the history of dental, anatomy of the body, etc).
We have learned that there is only so much we can teach you on models and on each other in the classroom; we prefer to get you out in the field learning on actual patients. The program is 12 weeks and the internship is 3 months, total length from start to finish is 6 months. Another difference is we do not charge the student for the internship that’s why our cost is significantly lower than the other programs.
How many hours per week must I work in a dental office for my externship?
The amount of hours you work per week is decided between you and the dental office based on your availability and the dental office needs.
How long do I have to complete the 200 hour externship?
You have a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 12 months to complete your 200 hours.
Do you help me find an office to do my externship?
Dental Offices send us requests for externs throughout the year. As dental offices send us requests for externs we pass the information on to our students. But we cannot guarantee we will have an office available for externship in your area at the time of your externship.
It has not been an issue for students to find a placement for externship in their community. We will help students with developing resumes to present to dental offices.
How do I find an office to do my externship?
Most students find an office to do their externship that is close to their home or somewhere they are interested in working after their externship, some students ask their own dentists. Students typically call, email or drop off their resume with a cover letter to multiple dental offices asking to complete their externship.
Does my 200 hours have to be as an externship, I was offered a dental assisting job?
That is the beauty of our program, Florida statue states a dental assistant must have on the job training in addition to classroom training but the statue does not stipulate that the on the job training must be done as an externship. Some of our students are able to obtain entry level dental assistant positions and earn money while completing their 200 hours.
What type of office does my 200 hours have to be done in?
Students hours must be completed in a General Dental Office or Pediatric Dental Office. This is because your certifications will be as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and most of those duties are not done in a specialty dental office with the exception of a Pediatric Dental Office. (I.e. fillings, temporary crowns, impressions, polishing, dental charting, etc)
What if I finish my 200 hours in 8 weeks because I am working 3 days per week?
The Florida Board of Dentistry states, Certification requires three (3) months continuous experience under the DIRECT SUPERVISION of a Florida licensed dentist and successful completion of a Board of Dentistry approved course. You can work as many hours as you like but you can only get your Florida Certifications after 3 months on the job training and a minimum of 200 hours.
How will I find time for Dental Assistant training?
Any dental assistant training takes time to complete and many students also balance work, childcare and other responsibilities. The benefits of choosing Academy for Dental Assistants as your training school is that you can continue to work while attending Saturday classes and can finish your dental assistant training and be on your way to pursuing your new career in less than 6 months. Also, our program is a hybrid format so that your class time is 100% hands on training while the instructional material is online and can be completed in the comfort of your home.
What is your school's accreditation?
Our courses are approved and certified by the Florida Board of Dentistry.
I will be out of town one of the days we are in class how can I make up the work I missed in class?
We understand that things happen but Attendance is an important part of this program since we only have 12 weeks to train you to become an entry level dental assistant. Students are allowed to have 1 excused absence from class. After 2 missed classes students will be withdrawn from the program. The material we cover in class can only be made up by reading that section in your book or online and will be the responsibility of the student to make up the information. Clinical Hands on Tests Days CANNOT be missed. Under special situations is there is a proven emergency and approved by the Program Director in advance the student may be allowed to retake the Clinical Hands On Test by paying a $75 retake test fee which must be taken BEFORE attending the next class.
Can the Certifications provided by your school be used in other states?
Our courses are approved and certified by the Florida Board of Dentistry and are good for the entire state of Florida. You need to check with each state Board of Dentistry to see what their requirements are to be a dental assistant in their state. Each state has different requirements. Florida’s Board of Dentistry requires a Florida EFDA and X-ray Certification and does may not accept other states certifications.
How can I register for your Dental Assistant Program?
*From our Home Page at www.academy4da.com
*Select the course you want to take. You can choose to pay in full or make your deposit of $500 to hold your spot in the course.
*Select “Add to Cart” and then “Proceed to Check Out”
*Enter your information and employer information and you will be sent an email to confirm that the payment has been processed.
What is a Dental Assistant?
Dental Assistants assist the dentist in providing more efficient dental treatment with responsibilities like preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing instruments, passing instruments during the procedure, holding suction devices, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions, and fabricating provisional crowns.
How can I become a Dental Assistant?
When you complete the Academy for Dental Assistants 12 week training program and a 200 hour internship you will gain experience with real dental equipment and get your 2 Florida Certifications to become a Florida Dental Assistant (EFDA Certification and your Dental X-ray Certification).
What is the average pay for a Dental Assistant?
According to the 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook the Median salary for a Dental Assistant is $36,940 per year / $17.76 per hour
EFDA/ X-ray FAQ
What is required to work as a Dental Assistant in Florida?
Florida requires that dental assistants have 2 certifications in order to be a dental assistant; EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) and Dental Radiology (X-ray) Certification. Academy for Dental Assistants offers those courses.
I am a Dental Assistant from another state; can I work as a dental assistant in Florida?
Florida requires that dental assistants have 2 certifications in order to be a dental assistant; EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) and Dental Radiology (X-ray) Certification. You can call the Florida Board of Dentistry and ask if your states certifications transfer to Florida but in most cases they do not and you will be required to take a course in Florida EFDA and X-ray Certification. Academy for Dental Assistants is able to provide those courses to out of state dental assistants.
Florida Board of Dentistry – 850-245-4474
I have a certification from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Is this certification valid in Florida?
Florida does not recognize the DANB credential. You must have your Florida EFDA and Dental X-ray Certifications.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification
Dental Radiology Certification
Academy for Dental Assistants offers both classes separately or together as a combo course.
Can I transfer my dental assisting license from another state to Florida?
Florida does not offer reciprocity and does not license dental assistants; therefore you cannot transfer a dental assistant license from another state.
For more information see the link below for the Florida Board of Dentistry site.
Should I call the Florida Board of Dentistry to see if they will take my Certification from another State?
Yes, we encourage you to call the Florida Board of Dentistry to verify if your Certifications will transfer. 850-245-4474
I am a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) is that certification enough to allow me to work as a Dental Assistant in Florida?
No, the Florida Board of Dentistry stopped accepting CDA certification and requires all Dental Assistants to take the Florida EFDA and X-ray Certification to work as a dental assistant in Florida. Academy for Dental Assistants offers those courses.
I have no Dental Assisting experience, can I attend your EFDA and X-ray Certification courses?
No, the 16 hour EFDA and 8 hour X-ray certification courses we offer are for already trained dental assistants that have been trained on the job (minimum of 3 months) or that are dental assistants from another state and are already trained. Students with no prior dental assistant experience will need to take our 12 Week Dental Assisting Program where we will train you from the beginning.
Do I need both Certifications to be a Dental Assistant?
Yes, to be a Dental Assistant in Florida and work with patients inside their oral cavity, you need to have your EFDA and your Dental X-ray Certifications.
How do you register to take a course?
*From our Home Page at www.academy4da.com
*Select All Courses from the top navigation bar.
*Select the course you want to take. Your options are Radiology Certification, or EFDA Certification, or COMBO Certification Course.
*Select “Add to Cart” and then “Proceed to Check Out”
*Enter your information and employer information and you will be sent an email to confirm that payment has been processed.
How do I start my Course?
- Log into your account
- Select “My Courses” across the top of the page- You will see your course (s) listed
- Select “Start Course”– read the directions listed – Select Start Course at bottom of page
- You can download or view the study guides for the course in 2 areas: within the course at the bottom of each Section or Select “My Account” tab
- Once you complete your Quiz and receive a grade of 75% or better you must Select “Finish Course” to submit your Quiz to the Instructor
- If you have registered for more than one course you can go back to the “My Courses” tab
- Select the Next Course
- Select “Start Course” and follow the same instructions to complete each course.
- You can log in and out of your account to view course material
What if I don't pass the course with a 75%?
Once you submit your quiz a “check results” box will appear. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your score.
If your score is below 75/100 you will be allowed 1 retake. There is a retake button under your score.
Once you obtain a 75% or better on the quiz to sure to Select “FINISH COURSE” to submit your quiz results to the instructor.
Is there a time limit for the quiz?
There is no time limit on either Quiz. You can take as long as you need for each Quiz.
The Quiz must be finished 2 days before the Part 2 scheduled date in our facility.
After I take the online Course will I receive my EFDA and X-ray Certification?
There are 2 parts to each course.
Part 1 is taking the state tests online and obtaining a score of 75% or better
Part 2 is demonstrating your dental assistant skills for our instructor on the scheduled class date held in our facility at 4995 49th Street N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709.
Once you have completed and passed both parts 1 and 2 you will receive your dental assistant certificate at our Tampa Bay training facility.
Once I complete the Course, what is next?
Once you complete the EFDA Certification Course there is nothing further you need to do. The EFDA Certification has no expiration and does not need to be renewed and no continuing education credits are needed.
Dental X-ray Certification
Once you complete the Dental X-ray Certification Course you must register with the Florida Department of Health Board of Dentistry.
In order to register with the Department of Health you must work for a Florida Licensed Dentist for a minimum of 3 months and have taken the dental x-ray certification course. Follow the directions on the top of the application.
Dept of Health Dental Radiology Application – please note this is done AFTER you have taken the course.
Terms and Conditions of Attending the 1 day Certification Course
Terms and Conditions of the 1 Day Certification Course(s)
By checking this box, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the Terms and Conditions and the Cancellation and Refund Policy of the FL Certification Course provided by Academy for Dental Assistants.
In order for a student to attend the 1 Day Certification Course, the student must have been formally trained by a licensed dentist in Expanded Functions and/or Dental Radiology with a minimum of three months training and possess the ability to perform EFDA/Dental Radiology procedures without instruction. Students will be required to provide our office with an Employment Verification Form signed by a licensed dentist within 3 days of registering online and making payment for the course(s).
This course requires students must to perform specific Expanded Functions/Dental Radiology procedures in a clinical setting at our facility in St. Petersburg, FL and pass an online written exam(s) with a grade of 75% or better to be issued a Florida Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification (EFDA) and/or Dental X-ray Certification. This course is to certify that the dental assistant is knowledgeable in and able to perform the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification (EFDA) and/or Dental X-ray procedures.
Please Note: A Dental Assistants seeking Certification in Expanded Functions must be able to perform clinical charting on paper as one of the clinical setting requirements to successfully receive an EFDA Certification. Computer charting will not be utilized in the EFDA/Combo Certification Course. A dental charting assessment on paper will be given as part of the clinical hands – on portion of the course for Expanded Functions Certification.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS:
This course utilizes an online blended format. Part 1 of the Certification Course is the informational portion provided through our website with a written exam(s) given at the end of the study information. The exam(s) are not timed and can be accessed 24/7 with the student’s username and log in. Part 2 of the Certification Course, the Clinical Hands – On portion, takes place at our Facility on the specific date selected by the student after payment has been made.
Students must have access to a Computer and the Internet to complete and submit Part 1 the Written Exam(s) of the Certification Course. The written exam(s) must be completed and submitted online no later than 2 days prior to the specific date select by the student to attend Part 2 the Clinical Hands-On portion of the Certification Course.
Please Note: Part 1 of the Certification Course (instruction information/written exam(s) is not completed at our facility and must be completed no later than 2 days prior to attending Part 2 of the Certification course. Students must have basic computer knowledge to ensure proper operation of online class work.
Students have 3 months (90 days) from the original registration and payment date to complete Parts 1 & 2 of the Certification Course. To cancel or switch to another class date for Part 2 of the Certification Course, the Clinical Hands-On portion given in our facility on the specific date selected by the student, a written notice must be given to the Director of the Program by email to email@example.com or USPS Certified Mail. The following Refund and Cancellation Policy will be strictly followed. I acknowledge that if I pay by credit/debit card and request a refund, the 3% transaction fee will not be refunded.
Please Note: A seat in the Certification Course is not guaranteed until we receive payment in full and the required Employment Verification Form signed by a licensed dentist. The Employment Verification Form must be received within 3 business days of making your payment and registering online. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these Terms and Conditions, do not check this box.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
12 Week and 6 Week Orthodontic Course Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should a student’s enrollment be terminated or cancelled for any reason, all refunds will be made according to the following refund schedule:
- Cancellation can be made in person, by electronic mail, by Certified Mail or by termination.
- All monies will be refunded if the school does not accept the applicant or if the student cancels within three (3) business days after signing the enrollment agreement and making initial payment.
- Cancellation after the third (3rd) Business Day, but before the first class, results in a refund of all monies paid, with the exception of the registration fee (not to exceed $150.00). No Monies will be refunded for Textbook/Workbooks purchased at our facility which are not returnable because of use, within 3 working days from the student’s signing an enrollment agreement or contract.
- Withdrawal after attendance has begun, through 40% completion of the program (week 5), will result in a Pro Rata refund of tuition computed on the number of hours elapsed to the total program hours, as of the students last day of attendance. No Monies will be refunded for Textbook/Workbooks purchased at our facility which are not returnable because of use, within 3 working days from the student’s signing an enrollment agreement or contract.
- Withdrawal after completing 40% (week 5) or more of the program will result in no refund.
- In calculating the refund due to a student, the last date of actual attendance by the student is used in the calculation unless earlier written notice is received.
- Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the date that the institution determines that the student has withdrawn.
- For any course or program that is cancelled by Academy for Dental Assistants, Academy for Dental Assistants will refund the tuition in full.
1 Day Certification Course Cancellation and Refund Policy
1 Day Certification Course(s) Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should a student need to cancel or change the date for a Certification Course they have already registered and paid for online, the following Cancellation and Refund Policy shall apply. Please Note: Any Refunds omit the 3% transaction fee charged when payment was made at registration using a credit/debit card.
Cancel a Course or Transfer to Another Course Date
Cancellation of a Certification Course OR Request to Transfer to Another Class Date for Part 2 (the Clinical Hand-On portion of the course), must be made by email or US Postal Service . PLEASE NOTE: Calling the office and speaking with someone to request a transfer or cancel a course will NOT BE ACCEPTED. The Request to Transfer or Cancel a Course MUST BE DONE IN WRITING (Email or USPS Mail), NO EXCEPTIONS.
The date the request is received will be determined by the time stamp of the email sent by the student or if sending by USPS Mail, the date the office receives the mail. It is the student’s responsibility to be sure the school has received the email/letter in writing. The office will send a confirmation of the Request.
Transfer to Another Class Date for Part 2 of the Course (Clinical Hands-On Portion)
1. Request to Transfer to a different class date for Part 2 of the Certification Course (the Clinical Hands- On Portion) other than the original date selected for Part 2 of the Certification Course, with more than 7 days remaining before the date the student originally selected to attend Part 2, the student will incur no Transfer Fees to move to another class date for Part 2 of the Course. Please Note: The student may only utilize the Transfer to a different class date other than the original date selected for Part 2 of the Certification Course with No Transfer Fee only once.
2. Request to Transfer to a different class date for Part 2 of the Certification Course (the Clinical Hands- On Portion) other than the original date selected for Part 2 of the Certification Course, with less than 7 days remaining before the date the student originally selected to attend Part 2 will result in a $100 Transfer Fee. Please Note: Students will not be placed in the new class date being requested until AFTER the $100 Transfer Fee payment has been received by our office.
EXPIRATION of the Course
Students have 3 months (90 days) from the original class date selected for Part 2 to complete the Certification Course before the Course(s) expire. Students that take longer than 3 months (90 days) to complete Part 1 and/or Part 2 of the Certification Course, will be required to repay for the course in Full.
The Following Refund Policy applies to all students that are Registered for any 1 Day Certification Course
Refund in Full
1. If the school does not accept the applicant – All monies paid for the Certification Course will be refunded minus the 3% transaction fee charged when payment was made at registration using a credit/debit card. or
2. If it is more than 7 days before the date the student originally selected to attend Part 2 of the Certification Course (the Clinical Hands- On Portion) AND the student has not begun any portion of Part 1 online (Review of the Course Material or Written Online Course Test(s)). All monies paid for the Certification Course will be refunded minus the 3% transaction fee charged when payment was made at registration using a credit/debit card.
1. If there is more than 7 days remaining before the specific date the student selected for Part 2 the Clinical Hands-On Assessment portion of the Course BUT the student has begun and/or completed any portion of Part 1 online –(Review of the Course Material or Written Online Course Test(s)) of the Certification Course, a 50% Refund of monies paid for the Course(s)will be given minus the 3% transaction fee charged when payment was made at registration using a credit/debit card.2. If there is less than 7 days remaining before the specific date the student selected for Part 2 the Clinical Hands-On Assessment portion of the Course AND the student has NOT begun or completed any portion of Part 1 online (Review of the Course Material or Test(s)) of the Certification Course, a 50% Refund of monies paid for the Course(s)will be given minus the 3% transaction fee charged when payment was made at registration using a credit/debit card.
No refund will be provided to the student if the student cancels a Certification Course with less than 7 days remaining before the specific date the student selected for Part 2 the Clinical Hands-On Assessment portion of the Course AND the student has begun and/or completed ANY portion of Part 1 online –(Review of the Course Material or Written Online Course Test(s)) of the Certification Course. PLEASE NOTE: The student will have the option to transfer to another date for Part 2 the Clinical Hands-On Assessment of the Certification Course with a $100 Transfer Fee versus No Refund./br>
RADIOLOGY APPLICATION TO BOARD OF DENTISTRY AFTER RECEIVING CERTIFICATION
FL Dept of Health - Radiology Application
Print this form and follow the directions on the top of the page to mail away for your Radiology License AFTER you take the Dental X-ray Certification Course and receive your Dental Radiology Certification.