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Dental Assisting

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Registered Dental Assistants are licensed healthcare professionals who administer direct restorative and preventive dental services to dental patients, under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Registered Dental Assistants are unique members of the dental healthcare team as they care for their patients providing a variety of services. The Registered Dental Assistant, licensed by the State of Michigan, is able to: place, pack and carve amalgam restorations; inspect and chart the oral cavity; expose, process and mount dental radiographs; remove sutures; size and place temporary fillings and crowns; perform selective coronal polish; capture vital signs; achieve pulp vitality tests; apply fluoride and dental sealants; as well as place and remove a dental dam, periodontal dressing and retraction cords. Additionally, a Registered Dental Assistant can assist the doctor at chairside, relate home healthcare instructions to patients, prepare instruments and operatories for sterilization and disinfection, as well as perform the role of an administrative assistant. The profession blends technical skills with people skills.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn and develop the full range of skills essential to the practice of dental assisting through classroom work and clinical practice.
  • Be prepared and eligible to sit for two board exams:
    1. The Dental Assisting National Board Exam to earn the credential CDA, Certified Dental Assistant.
    2. The State of Michigan Board Exam, to earn the credential RDA, Registered Dental Assistant.

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; (312) 440-2718.

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Career Facts

  • For Dental Assistants, the average salary is about $32,300.
  • Dental Assistant is one of today’s fastest growing occupations.
  • By 2016, employment is expected to grow 29 percent, much faster than other occupations.
  • Benefits vary widely, depending on the dental practice.
  • The American Dental Association indicates that about 87% of dentists offer their Assistants reimbursement for continuing education courses.
  • About half of Dental Assistants have a 35- to 40-hour work week. Others work part-time or variable schedules.
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