Aug 14, 2022  

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.

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
  2. You must achieve a "C" (2.0) minimum grade in each DA course to be eligible to continue enrollment in this program.
  3. Core prerequisite courses must be completed prior to taking any DA course. A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
  4. Once enrolled in the DA course sequence, you will be required to provide documentation of a current physical exam including a Hepatitis B and TB Carrier test prior to enrolling in any second semester course. A Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended by the faculty and by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  5. In addition to tuition, textbook costs, and supply costs, you must purchase laboratory attire and other infectious disease barriers. You must provide your own transportation to dental office facilities and internship office assignments. You must supply your own patients for DA 123LW .
  6. HSC 140  can be taken prior to enrollment in the program for CPR certification. However, if HSC 140  is taken prior to enrollment into the Dental Assisting program, you must maintain valid CPR certification for the second semester of the program and the sequential courses. It is also required for the Certification Exam and the Registered Dental Assistant Exam.
  7. Validation is not required for this Health program.
  8. 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.
  9. Students seeking to transfer credit to another college or university should take the approved English composition courses instead of OAT courses; also BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  instead of BIO 140W . Consult with the Advising office for assistance with course selection.
  10. File an application for an associate or dual degree and/or certificate with the Registrar's Office by at least 3 months prior to expected graduation. See Graduation Requirements .
  11. Delta College reserves the right to modify graduation requirements.
    1. BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  can be taken in place of BIO 140W  
    2. COM 114W  can be taken in place of COM 112W  
    3. ENG 111A , ENG 111B , ENG 111C , ENG 111H  or OAT 151  can be taken in place of ENG 111  

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:


    Follow the link below to find out who is included in the calculation of this rate:

    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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