Dental Assisting Technology and Management ATD

Program Details

Program Description:

Industry Certification: The program will prepare students for the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Examination as well as state requirements. The program will meet the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and standards recommended by the Florida Board of Dentistry.

Train to be Clinical Dental Assistant for General and Specialty Dental Practices.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health Science career cluster.

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Articulation: When offered at the college credit level, this ATD program is part of the Dental Assisting Technology and Management AS (1351060104) and has a program length of 50 credits.

Governing Agencies: Florida State Department of Education and the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

Program Coursework:


Course Number

Introduction to Dental Assisting

Length – 90 hrs.

01.0 Demonstrate knowledge of the dental health care delivery system and dental health occupations. 

02.0 Use oral, written, and electronic communication skills with professional etiquette in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas. 

03.0 Describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental health care worker. 

04.0 Demonstrate an understanding of general anatomy and physiology and apply wellness and disease concepts. 

05.0 Demonstrate the importance of health, safety, and environmental management systems in dental organizations and their importance to organizational performance and regulatory compliance. 

06.0 Recognize and respond to emergency situations.

07.0 Use information technology tools. (Optional)

08.0 Explain the importance of employability skills. 

09.0 Demonstrate knowledge of airborne and blood borne diseases. 

10.0 Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills needed to accomplish team goals and objectives.


Course Number

Dental Infection Control Assistant

Length – 210 hrs.

11.0 Use dental terminology.

12.0 Identify structures and explain functions and pathologies of dental and general head and neck anatomy. 

13.0 Identify principles of microbiology and disease prevention and perform infection control procedures.

14.0 Identify, describe, maintain, and utilize dental instruments and equipment.


Course Number

Dental Assisting 1

Length – 465 hrs.

15.0 Record patient assessment and treatment data.

16.0 Identify the functions of pharmacology and anesthesia as they relate to dentistry.

17.0 Identify and perform dental radiographic procedures.

18.0 Identify properties and uses, and manipulate dental materials.

19.0 Perform chairside assisting for general dentistry and specialty procedures. 


Course Number

Dental Assisting 2

Length – 465 hrs.

20.0 Describe principles and perform techniques of preventive dentistry.

21.0 Perform general dental business office procedures.

22.0 Demonstrate professionalism as a dental team member in the clinical setting.

The Manatee Technical College Dental Assisting Technology and Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:

Faculty hold advanced degrees, are qualified dental educators and Certified Dental Assistants.

Governing Agency: Florida State Department of Education and the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

Start Date:

August, January

Program Length: 1230 hours – approximately 11 months to complete


Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clinical Start Dates (Monday – Thursday Weekly)
August Class: Mid-March thru June, 4 days a week
January Class: Mid-September thru December, 4 days a week


MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211

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High School Diploma or Equivalent
HESI Entrance Exam –

For more information contact the career counselor at 941.752.8100 x 47127,

Program #H170113 CIP# 00351060113

*Estimated Tuition, Lab, and Fees (includes administrative fee)


Additional Fees Due Prior to Pre-Admittance

Application Fee


Dental Exam, Physical Exam and Immunizations

Price Varies

HESI Entrance Examination


Background Check (All for Life)



Textbook and Learning Resources Estimate (Purchased online)


Patches (uniform must be purchased at MTC Outfitters at Main Campus)

$5.00 each

Uniform: BLACK Scrub Top; BLACK Scrub Pants (Estimated)


Additional Required Items (Outside Vendor)

REQUIRED ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS: Specific details will be provided during the Orientation

Uniforms: Black scrub pants and black tops will be worn each day. The MTC/DA patch must be purchased at the Main Campus Bookstore and securely sewn (not pinned) one inch from the shoulder of the left sleeve.
Cost per patch is $5.
On cold days, solid colored long sleeves can be worn under uniform tops.

Shoes: Solid color dark gray or black duty or athletic style shoes are to be worn. Shoes must be worn with socks, be closed toe and closed heel, and kept clean.

Safety Glasses: Plastic safety glasses with side shields.

*Estimated Total Cost of Program


*Prices are subject to change

Financial aid available depending on student’s eligibility.

All pre-admission fees are non-refundable and not covered by Financial Aid.

Prices are subject to change.
Annual fees (charged each academic year from July 1—June 30).
Textbook estimate. Current book list and prices:
Tuition is $2.92 per hour for Florida residents. Tuition is $11.71 per hour for Non-Florida residents.

Visit MTC Financial Aid page for more information.

Florida Department of Education: Frameworks

Possible Careers and Outlook:

31-9091.00       Dental Assistants

31-9099.00       Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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1230 hrs (11 months), clinical


East Campus,
Lakewood Ranch


On-Campus: Full-time



Have Questions? Ready to Start Your Career?

Xela Brutus 

Career Counselor

5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211
Call   941.752.8100 x 47127
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