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Dental Assisting

Advanced Certificate

Dental Assisting

Advanced Certificate

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.

Dental Assisting Program Details
General Education Prerequisite Courses
Course Credits Course Title
BIO 140W 5 Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology 
     OR
BIO 152W (4) Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND
BIO 153W (4) Human Anatomy & Physiology II 
     
COM 112W 3 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 
     OR
COM 114W (3) Interpersonal Communication 
     
ENG --- 3 Any Approved College Composition I Course 
     OR
OAT 151 (3) Business Communication I 
  11/14 Subtotal  
     
ONE-YEAR TRACK - FALL SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 106W 2 Infection Control 
DA 110 3 Clinical Dental Assisting I 
DA 110LW 4 Clinical Dental Assisting I Lab 
DA 113W 4 Oral Anatomy & Physiology 
DA 114W 2 Dental Materials I 
DA 117W 1 Dental Health and Nutrition 
HSC 140 2 Basic Medical Emergencies 
  18 Subtotal  
     
ONE-YEAR TRACK - WINTER SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 120 3 Clinical Dental Assisting II 
DA 120LW 4 Clinical Dental Assisting II Lab 
DA 121W 3 Clinical Practice 
DA 123W 2 Dental Radiology 
DA 123LW 2 Dental Radiology Lab 
DA 125W 2 Dental Materials II 
DA 125LW 2 Dental Materials II Lab 
  18 Subtotal  
     
ONE-YEAR TRACK - SPRING SESSION
Course Credits Course Title
DA 129W 2 Dental Office Management 
DA 131W 1 RDA Exam Prep 
DA 131LW 5 RDA Exam Prep Lab 
  8 Subtotal  
     
ONE-YEAR TRACK - SUMMER SESSION
Course Credits Course Title
DA 130 6 Dental Assisting Internship 
DA 133 1 Dental Assisting Internship Seminar 
  7 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 106W 2 Infection Control 
DA 113W 4 Oral Anatomy & Physiology 
DA 117W 1 Dental Health and Nutrition 
HSC 140 2 Basic Medical Emergencies 
  9 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - WINTER SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 123W 2 Dental Radiology 
DA 123LW 2 Dental Radiology Lab 
  4 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK FIRST YEAR - SPRING SESSION
Course Credits Course Title
DA 129W 2 Dental Office Management 
  2 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 110 3 Clinical Dental Assisting 
DA 110LW 4 Clinical Dental Assisting I Lab 
DA 114W 2 Dental Materials I 
  9 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - WINTER SEMESTER
Course Credits Course Title
DA 120 3 Clinical Dental Assisting II 
DA 120LW 4 Clinical Dental Assisting II Lab 
DA 121W 3 Clinical Practice 
DA 125W 2 Dental Materials II 
DA 125LW 2 Dental Materials II Lab 
  14 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - SPRING SESSION
Course Credits Course Title
DA 131W 1 RDA Exam Prep 
DA 131LW 5 RDA Exam Prep Lab 
  6 Subtotal  
     
TWO-YEAR TRACK SECOND YEAR - SUMMER SESSION
Course Credits Course Title
DA 130W 6 Dental Assisting Internship 
DA 133W 1 Dental Assisting Internship Seminar 
  7 Subtotal  
     
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 - You must achieve a "C" (2.0) minimum grade in each DA course to be eligible to continue enrollment in this program.
  • 3 - 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.
  • 4 - 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.
  • 5 - 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.
  • 6 - 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.
  • 7 - Validation is not required for this Health program.
  • 8 - 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.
  • 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.