Dental Assistant Associate's Degree Program Requirements

Associate in Applied Science Degree NMC Code 300

Dental Assistants are members of a highly qualified health team whose varied duties require knowledge of the basic dental sciences, proficiency in laboratory and clinical skills, and practical experience in meeting patient needs. Both the associate degree and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and approved by the Michigan Board of Dentistry.

Few jobs offer the diversity and flexibility found in Dental Assisting. While most dental assistants work as chairside or business assistants in general or specialty dental practices such as orthodontics or oral surgery, other career paths include the following: lab technicians; sales representatives in dental supply companies; and as teachers in vocational or college dental auxiliary programs. Students must be admitted to both the college and the Dental Assistant Program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Enrollment in any Dental Assistant (HDA) course requires admission to the dental assistant program OR approval from the dental assistant program director.

The following are required for admission:

  • High school or college transcript 2.0 minimum GPA, or successful GED completion
  • Mathematics: MTH 23* or MTH 23A and MTH 23B or placement into MTH 111 or higher
  • Communications: Placement into ENG 111, or completion of ENG 99* and/or ENG 108 based on COMPASS test scores

Effective: Fall 2015

General Education Requirements Credits: 18

Communications: ENG 111 and ENG 112

8

Humanities: Any Group 1 course

3

Mathematics: Placement into MTH 111 or higher, or completion of MTH 23* or MTH 23A and MTH 23B

-

Science: BIO 106

4

Social Science: PSY 101

3

* MTH 23 and ENG 99 credits do not count toward degree requirements.

Occupational Specialty Requirements: 42-43

BUS 155 Interpersonal Communications OR
COM 111 Public Speaking

3-4

HAH 120 Infection Control

2

HDA 101 Introduction to Dentistry

2

HDA 112 Dental Materials

2

HDA 113 Dental Materials Lab

1

HDA 120 Dental Anatomy

3

HDA 140 Oral Pathology/Pharmacology

2

HDA 150 Dental Office Management

2

HDA 160 Dental Emergencies

1

HDA 170 Preventive Dentistry

2

HDA 240 Chairside Procedures

5

HDA 241 Chairside Procedures Lab

2

HDA 242 Dental Radiography

2

HDA 243 Dental Radiography Lab

1.5

HDA 251 Dental Assistant Internship I

4

HDA 252 Dental Assistant Internship II

4

HDA 282 CDA/RDA Written Exam Prep

2

HDA 286 RDA Clinical Exam Prep

1

HPD 110 Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

0.2

Note: A 2.0 grade or higher is required in all HDA and HAH courses.

Program Requirements 60-61

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