What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Dental assisting examDental assistants from Northwestern Michigan College find jobs with a variety of responsibilities. Following are examples:

  • Working chairside with a dentist to provide dental treatment
  • As a preventive therapist providing treatment/patient education to all ages
  • Performing lab procedures such as making plaster study models and bleach trays
  • Exposing dental x-rays, using computerized and traditional techniques
  • Making, placing, and removing temporary fillings
  • Placing protective sealants on teeth
  • Working in dental insurance companies as insurance analysts
  • Working in sales for dental supply companies
  • Working as a dental assistant educator
  • Working as dental consultants with multiple offices
  • Working at the front desk with appointment scheduling, insurance forms, patient accounts, and computer software
  • Working as an assistant in specialty offices such as orthodontics or oral surgery

Program Requirements

Program Contact Information:

Alison Collins, Director of Dental Assistant Program

  • (231) 995-1250
  • acollins@nmc.edu
  • Northwestern Michigan College
    1701 E. Front Street
    Traverse City, Ml 49686

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What you'll find at NMC

  • Transfer courses, two-year associate degrees and professional certificates
  • Online learning options
  • Access to BA and advanced degrees through NMC's University Center
  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Reasonable tuition
  • Excellent academic reputation
  • Dedicated faculty & staff
  • On-campus housing options
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