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Asistencia Dental

General Information

The Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions is a member of the oral health team. The program provides training on chair side assisting techniques and expanded functions in basic restorative and preventive dentistry, that enable students to successfully perform as Dental Assistants with Expanded Functions (EFDA) in the public and the private sectors.

Upon completion of the program courses, students receive an Associate Degree in Dental Assistance with Expanded Functions. This is a two-year program with a total of seventy-three (73) semester credit-hours. Students must complete the first year of general education courses at an accredited college or university (30 semester credit- hours). Professional courses are taken at the Medical Sciences Campus during the second year of studies. (43 trimester credit-hours).

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must present evidence of courses completion within the following areas at an accredited college or university. For specific courses within each subject, please contact the program.

Required Courses

Spanish 6 Semester Credit hours
English 6 Semester Credit-Hours
Social Sciences or Humanities 6 Semester Credit-Hours
Biological Sciences 6 Semester Credit-Hours
Mathematics 3 Semester Credit-Hours
Electives 3 Semester Credit-Hours
Total 30 Sem. Credit-Hours


Students who wish to be considered for admission to this program must also meet the following requirements:
· Obtain a minimum general grade point average at least 2.00 in required courses.
· Have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in biological sciences and mathematics.
· Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate the students must:
· Obtain a general grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
· Satisfactorily complete all didactic and clinical practice courses, as specified by the program.


Our college offers the only Dental Assisting Program in Puerto Rico fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


First Semester   Credits
AUXD 2007 Oral Embriology/Histology
AUXD 2015 Dental Oral/Head and Neck Anatomy
AUXD 2017 Microbiology/Pathology/Therapeutic
AUXD 2025 Dental Radiology
PAXD 2010 Intr. To General and Specialties Dental Procedures
PAXD 2015 Dental Materials
PAXD 2016 Dental Instruments
PAXD 2017 Chairside Assisting and Basic Clinical Procedures Lab
PAXD 2018 Expanded Functions in Preventive Laboratory
PAXD 2029 Expanded Functions in Restorative Laboratory

Second Semester   Credits
AUXD 2005 Anatomy and Physiology
AUXD 2020 Psychology
AUXD 2225 Practice Management, Ethic and Jurisprudence
PAXD 2024 Expanded Functions in Preventive Dentistry Clinic
PAXD 2101 Clinical Practice I
PAXD 2030 Expanded Functions in Restorative Dentistry Clinic

Summer   Credits
PAXD 2102 Clinical Practice II

Course Descriptions

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Informative Sheet

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Seek Third-Party Comments

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Job Opportunities

Rapid employment growth and above average job turnover should result in good job opportunities.

The types of practice settings available to dental assistant include:
· Solo dental practices
· Group practices
· Specialty practices
· Public health dentistry
· Dental school clinics
· Health Insurance companies
� Teaching at dental assistants schools
· Dental product sales representatives

Dental Assistants Earning Potential

Dental assistants earn salaries equal to other health care personnel. The salary of a dental assistant depends primarily upon the responsibilities associated with the specific position and the geographic location of employment.

Program Faculty

Prof. Angel R. Aja Rol�n
Prof. Edgardo Figueroa Gonz�lez
Prof. Asl�n M. Gonz�lez Pe�a
Prof. Mirna L. Pacheco Rodr�guez
Prof. Blanca I. Rodr�guez Calder�n

Mailing Address:

University of Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus
College of Health Related Professions
Undergraduate Department
Dental Assisting Program
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Physical Address

Medical Center
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
· Medical Sciences Campus, Main Building, 1st Floor, Office B-110
Tel.: (787) 758-2525, Ext. 1158, 1156
Fax: (787) 751-3061

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