Expanded Functions for the Dental Health Care Team

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Course Description

This hands-on program is designed to instruct the dental assistant and/or dental hygienist to perform the expanded functions listed below. Formal training is required by the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Vouchers will be awarded upon program completion. Demonstration of competency and satisfactory completion of written and clinical examinations are required.

Course Schedule:

7:30 am                  Registration
8:00 am – 6:00 pm  Presentation (lunch Iincluded)

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Thomas Leonard

Thomas developed a passion for dentistry while pursuing a degree in Integrated Biology at the University of Florida. He began his dental training at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine in 2007. He joined the Psi-Omega Professional Dental Fraternity, became a student member of the American Dental Association, and was appointed to the American Student Dental Association Board of Directors—all during his freshman year. Dr. Leonard continued to hold many leadership positions throughout his training, culminating in senior class president and vice president of the Oral Surgery Honors Society. He graduated in May 2011, obtained his Florida dental license, and joined a private practice in Sunrise, Florida. Dr. Leonard is also a clinical adjunct faculty member at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine, where he works with third-and fourth-year students while they craft treatment plans and complete comprehensive dental care on patients. He is also on the board review faculty team that prepares senior dental students for their various licensure examinations. Currently, Dr. Leonard is pursuing a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and serves our country as an officer in the Army Reserve Dental Corps.

Educational Objectives and Benefits:

  • place and remove matrices
  • place and remove rubber dam
  • place bases and liners
  • place and remove periodontal dressings
  • place provisional restorations
  • place and remove retraction cord
  • remove excess cement from dental restorations
  • remove sutures
  • polish amalgam restorations
  • polish clinical crowns of teeth for stain removal
  • apply topical fluoride
  • apply pit and fissure sealants
  • cement temporary crowns and bridges with temporary cement
  • make alginate impressions for diagnostic casts

Additional Information:


Minimum of three months of experience as a general practice chair-side dental assistant or hygienist

Reward Program

  • 2 or more participants from the same office  are eligible for a Dental health Care Team 15% discount, please contact the Office for Professional Development, Continuing Education for more details

Advanced Continuing Education Certificate Program

This course is eligible towards the Advanced Continuing Education Certificate in Dental Health Care,  please see Advanced Continuing Education Certificate for additional information.