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Dental Assisting Technology and Management

Dental assistants help others look and feel their best—working with dentists to help patients maintain and improve their oral health and quality of life.

Once You Complete the Program

Dental assistants seek employment in a private dental office, dental school, hospital, clinic or public health setting where they set up equipment, sterilize instruments, and take radiographs and impressions. Students completing the dental assisting program can expect to take the Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB) to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Getting Started

The Dental Assisting Technology and Management program is a selective-admissions program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Dental Assisting Application Book.

For more information, contact:
Health Science Division

Dental Assisting Program Information Sessions

Register above to attend a free information session. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Dental Assisting Technology and Management Program

The application for the Fall 2023 program will be accepted after January 3, 2023. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2023.

To begin the application process:

  1. Read the Dental Assisting Application Booklet.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Health Science Application for the Dental Assisting Technology and Management program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your receipt.)

Apply Here

Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.

Licensure Requirements

Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida.  Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) in the State of Florida includes possession of a valid form of identification.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in your state. Some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum. 

Completion of the Dental Assisting program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) in Florida.


The Indian River State College Dental Assisting and Management program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

IRSC Dental Clinic and Services

The Dental programs at IRSC offer dental services for individuals seeking dental care. Services are available to patients of all ages and are by appointment only. IRSC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students are in training under the direction of experienced and licensed faculty which may result in longer appointment times. Services are offered at reduced prices.  For more information or to make an appointment, contact the IRSC Dental Clinic 772-462-7529.

Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.

Associate of Science

With an Associate in Science Degree from IRSC, you’ll be well-prepared for a professional career as a dental assistant. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Dental Assisting Technology Management Applied Technology Diploma

Earn a valuable Applied Technology Diploma at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

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