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Dental Assisting - General Management - AAS/ABS

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Program Code: DE.30518

Dual associate degrees are available in several Health curricula and the Automotive Service Technology curricula with the General Management Program. Your diploma will list both the Associate in Applied Science Degree and the Associate in Business Studies Degree.

You will need to earn the required number of credits for your Associate in Applied Science Degree plus 24 credits from the courses below for the Associate in Business Studies Dual Degree.

If you have earned a degree previously, you may not use courses from that degree to satisfy the requirements of a Dual Degree. It is possible that your previous degree may have included one or more of the required business courses. You do not have to retake such classes, but must replace them from the list of approved business courses under the dual degree to complete the additional 24 credits by instruction at Delta College.

Fall First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 16

Winter First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 17

Spring First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 15

Full or Part-Time Tracks

Upon completion of BIO 140W  (or equivalents), COM 112W  or COM 114W , and ENG 111  or OAT 151  with a “C” (2.0) minimum grade, students will select whether they will register for the full-time track or the part-time track. Both are listed blow.

Dental Assisting Full-Time Track

Dental Assisting Part-Time Track:

Total Semester Credits: 7

Total Semester Credits: 6

Spring First Year: PT

Total Semester Credits: 2

Total Semester Credits: 9

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Credits: 99


  1. In addition to completing all the courses for an approved applied science program (see above), you must complete a minimum of 24 credits by instruction at Delta College.
  2. If a student has already earned credit in one or more of the required courses, the student will select other courses from the list of electives to total 24 credits.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Validation is not required for the Dental Assisting Advanced Certificate or AAS.
  6. This program can be completed in a Full-Time Track of Part-Time Track. It is highly recommended you contact the Program Coordinator at 989-686-9483 to discuss registration.
  7. ENG 112  or OAT 152 , LW 221W , POL 103W , and PSY 211W  or equivalents are required for AAS degree completion with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).
  8. According to State rules and regulations, licensure may be delayed or denied depending on the history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances (including traffic violations). Questions dealing with this issue should be directed to the Michigan State Office of Health Services at (517) 335-0918.
  9. Background check is required prior to applying for licensure.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from various dental office and internship assignments. Sites may not be in your community.
  14. Students must supply their own patients DA 123LW .
  15. Students must achieve a “C” (2.0) minimum grade in e ach DA course to be eligible to continue enrollment in this program.
  16. Students pursuing the General Management ABS it is preferred you take OAT 151  and OAT 152 .

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