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Dental Assisting - Advanced Certificate

Dental Assistants perform various types of patient care, office duties, and laboratory functions in a dental setting. Opportunities are available for full-time and part-time employment in private dental offices and clinics as well as military, sales, research, and teaching.

About the Program

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to assist the dentist in diagnostic, operative, restorative, preventive and surgical procedures, as well as perform independent duties once you pass the Registered Dental Assistant exam. Registered Dental Assistants in Michigan place and carve amalgam restorations; do selective coronal polishing; place sealants, fluoride, periodontal dressings, temporary crowns, dental dams, cavity liners and bases, orthodontic elastics and ligatures and arch wires, take impressions and radiographs, remove sutures, provide patient education, and perform business office, laboratory and infection control duties.

Fast Facts

  • Forty years in existence with hundreds of graduates working across the region.
  • At the Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic – Dental College Dental Site, you can get hands-on experience working with dentists and patients.
  • After graduating from this program you are eligible to take the certification exam of the Dental Assisting National Board to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and the Michigan Department of Community Health exam to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).
  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Careers and Job Outlook

The average yearly earning for a Dental Assistant in Michigan is $34,140.
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 State Occupational Employment, and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System.

 Salary depends on experience, duties and responsibility, geographic location and individual employer. The job outlook for dental assistants is good. This occupation is projected to grow faster, through 2018, than other occupations of this nature, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is some advancement available is this field. Dental assistants become office managers, dental-assisting instructors, or dental product sales representatives, but opportunities are limited for those without further education. Some dental assistants become dental hygienists after going back to school.

Find Out More

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Pam Smith RDA, CDA, M.A.
Associate Professor
Delta College- Dental Assisting Coordinator
pamelasmith@delta.edu




Dental Assisting - Advanced Certificate


Program Code: CHA.35512

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to assist the dentist in diagnostic, operative, restorative, preventive and surgical procedures, as well as perform independent duties once you pass the RDA exam. Registered Dental Assistants in Michigan place and carve amalgam restorations; do selective coronal polishing; place sealants, fluoride, periodontal dressings, temporary crowns, dental dams, cavity liners and bases, orthodontic elastics and ligatures and arch wires; take impressions and radiographs; remove sutures; provide patient education; perform business office, laboratory and infection control duties. Opportunities are available for full-time and part-time employment in private dental offices and clinics as well as military, sales, research, and teaching. Salary depends on experience, duties and responsibility, geographic location and individual employer. Employment opportunities are comparable to the economy within the Great Lakes Bay Region and the state of Michigan. You should display the following positive attributes; manual dexterity; physical and mental health; vision; communication skill; ability to work as a team member; ability to follow directions; professional judgment and conduct; neat work habits; professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene; commitment to continuing education. Upon completing this program, you are eligible to take the certification exam of the Dental Assisting National Board to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and the Michigan Department of Community Health exam to become a Registered Dental Assistant ( RDA). This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

General Education Prerequisite Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 140W5Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology ______________
OR ______________
BIO 152W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
______________
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________
OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication ______________
______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
OR ______________
OAT 151(3)Business Communication I ______________
11/14Subtotal

ONE-YEAR TRACK - The following courses must be taken in the sequence shown.

ONE-YEAR TRACK - FALL SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 106W1Infection Control ______________
DA 1103Clinical Dental Assisting ______________
DA 110LW4Clinical Dental Assisting I Lab ______________
DA 113W4Oral Anatomy & Physiology ______________
DA 114W2Dental Materials I ______________
DA 117W1Dental Health and Nutrition ______________
HSC 1402Basic Medical Emergencies ______________
17Subtotal

ONE-YEAR TRACK - WINTER SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 1203Clinical Dental Assisting II ______________
DA 120LW4Clinical Dental Assisting II Lab ______________
DA 121W4Clinical Practice ______________
DA 123W2Dental Radiology ______________
DA 123LW2Dental Radiology Lab ______________
DA 125W2Dental Materials II ______________
DA 125LW2Dental Materials II Lab ______________
19Subtotal

ONE-YEAR TRACK - SPRING SESSION

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 129W3Dental Office Management ______________
DA 131W1RDA Exam Prep ______________
DA 131LW4RDA Exam Prep Lab ______________
8Subtotal

ONE-YEAR TRACK - SUMMER SESSION

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 130W6Dental Assisting Internship ______________
DA 133W1Dental Assisting Internship Seminar ______________
7Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK - The following courses must be taken in the sequence shown.

TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 113W4Oral Anatomy & Physiology ______________
DA 117W1Dental Health and Nutrition ______________
HSC 1402Basic Medical Emergencies ______________
7Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - WINTER SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 123W2Dental Radiology ______________
DA 123LW2Dental Radiology Lab ______________
4Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - SPRING SESSION

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 129W3Dental Office Management ______________
3Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 106W1Infection Control ______________
DA 1103Clinical Dental Assisting ______________
DA 110LW4Clinical Dental Assisting I Lab ______________
DA 114W2Dental Materials I ______________
10Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - WINTER SEMESTER

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 1203Clinical Dental Assisting II ______________
DA 120LW4Clinical Dental Assisting II Lab ______________
DA 121W4Clinical Practice ______________
DA 125W2Dental Materials II ______________
DA 125LW2Dental Materials II Lab ______________
15Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - SPRING SESSION

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 131W1RDA Exam Prep ______________
DA 131LW4RDA Exam Prep Lab ______________
5Subtotal

TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - SUMMER SESSION

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DA 130W6Dental Assisting Internship ______________
DA 133W1Dental Assisting Internship Seminar ______________
7Subtotal



62/65Total Credits Required


Notes

1 - Due to the limited capacity of the Delta College dental facilities and the specific requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs, enrollment is limited.
2 - Once enrolled in the DA course sequence, you will be required to provide documentation of a current physical exam including a Hepatitis B and TB Carrier test prior to enrolling in any second semester course. A Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended by the faculty and by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
3 - In addition to tuition, textbook costs, and supply costs, you must purchase laboratory attire and other infectious disease barriers. You must provide your own transportation to dental office facilities and internship office assignments. You must supply your own patients for DA 123L and DA 131L.
4 - HSC 140 can be taken prior to enrollment in the program for CPR certification. However, if HSC 140 is taken prior to enrollment into the Dental Assisting program, you must maintain valid CPR certification for the second semester of the program and the sequential courses. It is also required for the Certification Exam and the Registered Dental Assistant Exam.
5 - You must achieve a "C" (2.0) minimum grade in each DA course to be eligible to continue enrollment in this program.
6 - Validation is not required for this Health program.
7 - This program can be completed in a one-year track or a two-year track option. A limited number of two-year track seats are available each year. See the program coordinator for two-year track scheduling assistance.
8 - Core prerequisite courses must be completed prior to taking any DA course. A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
9 - Students seeking to transfer credit to another college or university should take the approved English composition courses instead of OAT courses; also BIO 152 and BIO 153 instead of BIO 140. Consult with the Advising office for assistance with course selection.



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