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Dental Assisting

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

Upon completing this program, you will be able to take the State of Michigan licensure exam to become a Registered Dental Assistant. The Delta College Dental Assisting program prepares you for entry-level positions. Your associate degree may offer more employment opportunities and increased advancement mobility.

Opportunities are available for part-time and full-time employment in private dental offices and clinics as well as in military, sales, research and teaching settings.


Earning Potential

In this career field, job growth has increased by 3% in the last 2 years. Plus, demand is expected as current dental assistants move toward retirement.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $31,828 a year.


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Likely Careers

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Faculty
    Amazing faculty

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed.

    The faculty in the dental assisting program have over 60 years of teaching experience! Awesome, huh!

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About Delta's 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. 

Accreditation

The dental assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
800-621-8099 or 312-440-4653
www.ada.org/coda

Program goals

Upon completing this program, students 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).

The Delta College Dental Assisting program goals are:
  1. Prepare the students to successfully complete the State of Michigan Licensure Exam for a Registered Dental Assistant.
  2. Prepare the student to successfully complete the National Dental Assisting Certification.
  3. To prepare the student for entry level proficiency for employment.
  4. Allow the student the opportunity to develop the general education abilities as stated in the general education requirements of Delta College.

Why you should choose Delta 

Flexibility

Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Dental Assisting offers a one-year full-time program or a two-year part-time program. See the program detail page to compare the tracks.

Compare One Year & Two Year Tracks

Hands-on experience

At our dental clinic, you can get hands-on experience working with dentists and patients that are referred from the Helen M. Nickless Medical Clinic.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Dental CLINIC

Program history

Delta's Dental Assisting program has been in place since 1969! And, hundreds of working dental assisting professionals graduated from our program.

Program faculty members

Have a question for one of our awesome faculty members? Contact them!

Facts & Figures

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100% of recent grads passed the State of Michigan RDA Exam.

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Of those seeking employment in the profession, 100% are employed.

 

Related Programs

Delta College offers over 150 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs:

 

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"We have a great opportunity in our area for employment. There’s positions right now going unfilled. We need to encourage people to look at the dental assisting profession as an opportunity."

Pam Smith, Dental Assisting Program Coordinator