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2019 - 2020 Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Catalog

Dental Assisting - Advanced Certificate

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Program Code: CHA.35512

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. 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.

Fall or Winter First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 11

Total Semester Credits: 18

Total Semester Credits: 18

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Credits: 62


  1. Due to the limited capacity of the Delta College dental facilities and the specific requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs, enrollment is limited. Approximately 20 students are accepted for DA courses each Fall semester.
  2. The following courses must be completed prior to taking any DA course: BIO 140W  or BIO 152W  and BIO 153W COM 112W , and ENG 111   or OAT 151   with a “C” (2.0) minimum grade.
  3. Validation is not required for the Dental Assisting Advanced Certificate or AAS.
  4. This program can be completed in a one-year track or a two-year track option. A limited number of two-year track seats are available each year. See the program coordinator for two-year track scheduling assistance.
  5. HSC 140  can be taken prior to enrollment in the program for CPR certification. However CPR certification must be current for the duration of the program. CPR certification is also required for the Certification Exam and the Registered Dental Assistant Exam.
  6. Once enrolled in the DA course sequence students are required to complete health requirements including but not limited to 1) physical exam with completion of physical form, 2) current CPR certification for the healthcare provider/professional rescuer which must remain current through the program and is required for the Licensing/Certification Exams, 3) an annual TB skin test, 4) immunization records including MMR, Td/Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B or signed waiver. These requirements will be discussed at the required orientation.  All certifications and immunizations must be up-to-date and remain current throughout the program. A Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended by the faculty and by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  7. In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, students should plan for the following expenses once enrolled in the DA course sequence: immunizations and CPR certification to meet health requirements, laboratory coats, clinic shoes, scrubs, safety glasses, supplies, board examination fees, Association dues, transportation and possible parking fees, and additional miscellaneous purchases.  
  8. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from various dental office and internship assignments. Sites may not be in your community.
  9. Students must supply their own patients DA 123LW .
  10. Students must achieve a “C” (2.0) minimum grade in each DA course to be eligible to continue enrollment in this program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Delta College

Undergraduate certificate in Dental Assisting - Advanced Certificate
Program Length: 30 months

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 30 months1

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$7,470 for in-state tuition and fees

$11,720 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$3,100 for books and supplies

$10,305 for off-campus room and board

Other Costs:

Additional program equipment, materials, or required testing fees, approximately $1575

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*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

N/A* of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it2

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt3

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with N/A* interest rate4.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate earns

$25,626 per year after leaving this program5

Graduates who got jobs

0% of program graduates got jobs according to the state job placement rate7

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Dental Assistants

Licensure Requirements6

This program meets licensure requirements in


*State requires students to sit for licensure EXAM

Additional Information:

No additional notes provided.

Date Created: 6/16/2017

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  1. The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (30 months).

  2. The share of students who borrowed Federal, private, and/or institutional loans to help pay for college.

  3. The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

  4. The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a NA* interest rate.

  5. The median earnings of program graduates who received Federal aid.

  6. Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

  7. State Job Placement Rate:

    Name of the state this placement rate is calculated for:


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    What types of jobs were these students placed in?

    The job placement rate includes completers hired for: Any jobs

    Positions that recent completers were hired for include: n/a

    When were the former students employed?

    This rate is based on program completers who were already employed or within six months of completion

    How were completers tracked?

    Graduation application survey and follow up survey

  8. Accreditor Job Placement Rate: N/A


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