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.
- 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
- 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
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
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.
Delta College- Dental Assisting Coordinator