For those students who wish to get into the workforce quickly, a 30-week dental assisting diploma program at Concord Career College offers both clinical and administrative training, including a laboratory environment and hands-on, six-week externship. The dental assistant program at Advanced Career Training (ACT) in Jacksonville will prepare students for dental x-ray technician, dental assistant, dental office manager, dental receptionist, chair-side assistant and dental surgical assistant careers. If you are considering transfer to a state university yet want to be prepared for a career two accredited, two-year associate degrees in dental hygiene are available from Florida Community College at Jacksonville FCCJ.
A 24-month clinically-intensive Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is available to students at Jacksonville University. The program leads to either an Orthodontic Certificate or, with an additional six to 12 months of study, a combined Orthodontic Certificate and MBA degree to enhance your ability to run a practice. Those seeking to achieve a DDS or more advanced dental studies will need to attend one of two full-fledged dental school programs in Florida have two options: Nova Southeastern University's College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale and the University of Florida in Gainesville.