Program Content: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants. Students graduate with entry-level skills for general chairside, dental laboratory, and business office administration. Graduates receive a state certificate in radiography and dental assisting expanded functions. They are prepared to take the national board exam to earn the credential of Certified Dental Assistant.
1. Apply to Manatee Technical College here: https://manateetech.edu/apply-now.
2. Attend a mandatory program information session – the sooner the better. Call 941.752.8100, to hear a recorded message for dates and times.
1. HESI Test: More information can be found here:
Length of Program: 1230 hours – approximately 11 months to complete
Dual Enrollment Available: no
Industry Certification: The Dental Assistant Technology & Management program prepares students for the certification examination and employment as Certified Dental Assistants. Certified Dental Assistants are recognized in all fifty states as individuals who have achieved, through approved courses of study and practical experience, a high level of competence and ability in the field of dental assisting. Graduates of the Dental Assisting program also receive the state-required certificates in Dental Radiography and Dental Assisting Expanded Functions.
Articulation: May be available towards credits at Florida public colleges/universities. Speak with a Career Counselor for more information.
Accreditation and Faculty: The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. Faculty hold advanced degrees, are qualified dental educators, and Certified Dental Assistants.
Governing Agencies: Florida State Department of Education and the Florida State Board of Dentistry.
Job Placement Rate: 100%
On-Time Completion Rate: 96%
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Dental Assisting
Required Books and Materials: Bookstore Page
Latest Employment Trends: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Regional Labor Supply Dashboard
Possible Careers and Outlook:
31-9091.00 Dental Assistants
31-9099.00 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
Estimated Total: $6,600*
*An additional fee for a uniform, books, supplies, and various materials is required. Fees for certifications and/or licensure may or may not be required. The price is for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, speak with a Career Counselor for more information. MTC is not an I-20 institution. State Sales Tax calculated at the point of sale.
Location: MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Start Date: August, January
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: Contact Kathy Matthews: 941.752.8100 x 2127, Email