Dental Assistant Programs in Florida

How to become a Dental Assistant in Florida

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Florida given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.

In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in Florida below.


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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Florida.

Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.

Top Dental Assistant Schools in Florida

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
FloridaSouth Florida State CollegeAvon ParkCODAhttp://www.southflorida.edu/current-students/degrees-programs/academics/dental-education/dental-hygi
FloridaManatee Technical CollegeBradentonCODA
FloridaEastern Florida State CollegeCocoaCODAhttp://www.easternflorida.edu/academics/degrees-certifications/associate-in-science/dental-hygiene.cfm
FloridaAtlantic Technical CollegeCoconut CreekCODAhttp://www.atlantictechcenter.com
FloridaDaytona State CollegeDaytona BeachCODAhttp://www.daytonastate.edu/CampusDirectory/DeptInfo.aspx?dept=DAS
FloridaBroward CollegeFt. PierceCODAhttp://www.irsc.edu
FloridaSanta Fe College-FloridaGainesvilleCODAhttp://www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/dental/index.php?section=dental_hygiene_program
FloridaFlorida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonvilleCODAhttps://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services
FloridaPalm Beach State CollegeLake WorthCODAhttp://www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/dentalhealth/dental-hygiene
FloridaTraviss Technical CollegeLakelandCODA
FloridaRobert Morgan Educational Center & Technical CollegeMiamiCODA
FloridaLindsey Hopkins Technical Educational CenterMiamiCODAhttp://lindsey.dadeschools.net
FloridaLorenzo Walker Technical CollegeNaplesCODAhttp://www.lwit.edu
FloridaNorthwest Florida State CollegeNicevilleCODAhttp://www.nwfsc.edu/Academics/Departments/HealthSciences/DentalAssisting//
FloridaCollege of Central FloridaOcalaCODA
FloridaOrange Technical College-Orlando CampusOrlandoCODA
FloridaGulf Coast State CollegePanama CityCODAhttp://www.gulfcoast.edu/health_sciences/dental/dental_hygiene/degree_plan.htm
FloridaCharlotte Technical CollegePort CharlotteCODA
FloridaPinellas Technical CollegeSt. PetersburgCODAhttp://www.myptc.edu
FloridaTallahassee Community CollegeTallahasseeCODAhttps://www.tcc.fl.edu/College/TypeOfProgram/Pages/2101.aspx
FloridaHillsborough Community CollegeTampaCODAhttp://www.hccfl.edu
FloridaErwin Technical CollegeTampaCODAhttp://www.erwin.edu

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Florida. For more entry level and post secondary Dental Assisting options you can also view all DANB accredited programs.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.

You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in Florida and surrounding states on the map below.

Still haven’t found what you are looking for? You might also be interested in exploring dental hygiene programs in Florida.

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Florida Dental Assistant License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Florida law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Florida Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental assistants in Florida. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (850) 488-0595
Website: http://floridasdentistry.gov/

Dental Assistant Salary in Florida

StateFlorida
Average Salary$37,920
Hourly Wage$18.23
Top 10% of Earners$50,850
Bottom 10% of Earners$27,060
#'s Employed19,040

The average Dental Assistant salary in Florida is $37,920 –  almost 1% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.23.

There are currently 19,040 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Florida;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
FLSebring, FL$37,120$17.8580
FLNaples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL$40,820$19.62290
FLPensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL$37,680$18.12390
FLNorth Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL$40,770$19.60940
FLHomosassa Springs, FL$36,420$17.5160
FLCrestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL$37,840$18.19160
FLTallahassee, FL$38,720$18.62320
FLOrlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL$35,950$17.282,610
FLPunta Gorda, FL$38,680$18.60140
FLGainesville, FL$38,010$18.28330
FLDeltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL$35,640$17.14530
FLLakeland-Winter Haven, FL$35,860$17.24430
FLOcala, FL$35,950$17.28200
FLSebastian-Vero Beach, FL$38,070$18.30180
FLFort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL$38,890$18.701,880
FLTampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL$39,230$18.862,670
FLWest Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL$40,030$19.251,510
FLPort St. Lucie, FL$39,430$18.96400
FLPanama City, FL$33,870$16.28150
FLMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL$38,690$18.606,150
FLThe Villages, FL$37,270$17.92100
FLMiami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL$37,830$18.192,770
FLJacksonville, FL$36,110$17.361,310
FLSouth Florida nonmetropolitan area$33,540$16.12100
FLCape Coral-Fort Myers, FL$39,150$18.82600
FLPalm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL$36,470$17.53640
FLNortheast Florida nonmetropolitan area$34,030$16.36170
FLNorthwest Florida nonmetropolitan area$27,210$13.0850

*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Florida

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Florida;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants17,350$17.20$35,780
Physician Assistants5,090$48.79$101,480
Respiratory Therapists7,800$26.30$54,700
Dental Hygienists10,510$30.47$63,370
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers4,780$29.88$62,160
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics9,610$14.94$31,080
Pharmacy Technicians26,200$14.27$29,690
Surgical Technologists6,680$19.73$41,040
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians8,360$14.87$30,930
Home Health Aides25,720$11.02$22,920
Nursing Assistants88,110$11.78$24,510
Occupational Therapy Assistants1,750$29.92$62,240
Physical Therapist Assistants4,570$29.62$61,610
Massage Therapists7,410$20.31$42,240
Medical Assistants46,320$14.51$30,170
Medical Transcriptionists5,220$15.79$32,840
Phlebotomists7,410$14.19$29,510