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 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.
Delta College- Dental Assisting Coordinator