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Dental Assisting Dual with General Management

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

Dental Assisting Dual with General Management

If you want a career as a dental assistant but also have an interest in business management, this dual associate degree from Delta College is for you.

With this program, you have the opportunity to earn a second associate's degree in general management learning important skills for positions as a dental office manager, dental office professional or sales. It's a great way to get that business background and increase your earning potential.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in dental assisting? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions 5 and 6.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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About Delta's Program

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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. 

Professional licensure

Students are eligible to receive the CDA national credential but is not recognized by all states and the RDA license which each state has their own requirements. There is no guarantee of licensing in another state.  You may apply and that state's licensing board will look at your credentials/education and decide requirements for gaining the license. Please contact the Coordinator for further information.


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

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 students the opportunity to develop the general education abilities as stated in the general education requirements of Delta College
Program history

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

Why you should choose Delta 


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has three centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op Opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Transfer options

The transferability of courses between colleges/universities depends on the college/university into which you transfer. Visit Transfer Programs and Procedures to see the full procedure.

Facts & Figures


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


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


Related Programs

Delta College offers over 140 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs: