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Health & Wellness Division

Dental Assisting Program

See Dental Assisting - Advanced Certificate
See Dental Assisting - Associate In Applied Science

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. Salaries are negotiable. Fringe benefits may include paid vacation, sick leave, insurance, etc. 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.

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

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