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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Florida

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Title: Dental Assistant
None, although dentists are expected to provide on-the-job training to dental assistants with no formal dental assistant education.

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

  • Graduate from CODA approved program for the specific expanded function, OR
  • Complete Florida board approved expanded duties dental assistant training program

Radiography Requirements

  • Graduate from a Florida board approved dental assistant school or program, OR
  • Receive state certification from Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as a dental radiographer

Dental Assistant Salary in Florida

Lowest Salary $23,450
Median Salary $33,820
Highest Salary $45,260
Average Salary $33,890

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lowest Salary $23,560
Median Salary $33,980
Highest Salary $47,660
Average Salary $34,900

Gainesville, FL
Lowest Salary $24,210
Median Salary $35,250
Highest Salary $47,430
Average Salary $35,590

Jacksonville, FL
Lowest Salary $24,930
Median Salary $36,900
Highest Salary $47,400
Average Salary $36,640

Miami, FL
Lowest Salary $19,640
Median Salary $27,100
Highest Salary $37,500
Average Salary $28,040

Orlando, FL
Lowest Salary $25,040
Median Salary $31,940
Highest Salary $41,740
Average Salary $32,550

Palm Beach, FL
Lowest Salary $25,660
Median Salary $34,710
Highest Salary $45,560
Average Salary $35,010

* Figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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