Program Guide
Dental Assisting
Associate in Applied Science

This program guide lists the current requirements for this degree. See bottom of page for a link to previous versions of this program guide.
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Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting and additional courses with a grade of 2.0 or better, students are eligible to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting. Graduates of this program will complete requirements that qualify them to take the Michigan State Board Examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and the National Board Examination to be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). This program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, and the State of Michigan.

 
 

Requirements to complete the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting are:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

All of the following must be met in order to become eligible:

1.  Be admitted to MCC and declare intent to enter the Dental Assisting Program.

2.  Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test within the last 5 years, OR a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT within the last 5 years.  A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030 or ENGL 100 within the last 5 years will also meet this requirement.

3.  Provide proof of high school graduation or GED.

4.  Submit a current CPR card.  The card must be either the BLS Health Care Provider (American Heart Association) or the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross).

5.  Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in eligibility requirement courses (see #6 for specific courses).

6.  Complete ENGL 101 or 103 (English Composition), BIOL 150 (The Human Body) or BIOL 151 and BIOL 152 (Human Anatomy and Physiology), and COMM 131 (Fundamentals of Communication), with a "C" (2.0) grade or better.

7.  Submit a Supplemental Application for the Dental Assisting Program after all of the Eligibility Requirements listed above have been completed.

Note:  Conviction of a criminal offense may make graduates of the Dental Assisting Program ineligible to take their licensure (RDA) exam.  All applicants for a health profession license or registration in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check.  In addition, some clinical sites require students to complete criminal background checks and submit to drug screening procedures prior to the clinical experience.  All background checks and drug screenings are at the student's expense.

 
 

Occupational Specialty Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    DAST-110  Orientation to Dentistry   
    DAST-111  Infection Control for Dental Assistants   
    DAST-112  Dental and Oral Anatomy  2.5   
    DAST-112L  Dental & Oral Anatomy Lab   
    DAST-113  Dental Office Emergencies   
    DAST-115  Nutrition & Preventive Dentistry   
    DAST-116  Dental Materials   
    DAST-116L  Dental Materials Lab   
    DAST-117  Operative Techniques I   
    DAST-117C  Operative Techniques I Clinic   
    DAST-117L  Operative Techniques I Lab   
    DAST-120  Oral Pathology for Dental Assistants   
    DAST-121  Dental Jurisprudence   
    DAST-122  Pharmacology for Dental Assistants   
    DAST-123  Advanced Clinical Procedures   
    DAST-124  Expanded Functions for Dental Assistants  2.5   
    DAST-124L  Expanded Functions for Dental Assistants Lab   
    DAST-125  Operative Techniques II Clinic   
    DAST-126  Dental Specialities   
    DAST-127  Dental Business Practices   
    DAST-130  Operative Techniques III   
    DAST-130C  Operative Techniques III Clinical  18   
    DHDA-114  Dental Radiography   
    DHDA-114L  Dental Radiography Lab   
Group Total  42 70  
 

Related Requirement Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
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    ENGL-101  English Composition I   
  or  ENGL-103  Composition for Technical Fields I   
    BIOL-150  The Human Body   
      and     
    BIOL-150L  The Human Body Lab   
  or  BIOL-151  Human Anatomy and Physiology I   
      and     
    BIOL-151L  Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab   
      and     
    BIOL-152  Human Anatomy and Physiology II   
      and     
    BIOL-152L  Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab   
    COMM-131  Fundamentals of Public Speaking   
Group Total  15 19  
 

Recommended Elective Courses

 
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Hours
Contact
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      Program does not specify Recommended Elective Courses for degree completion 
Group Total  0 0  
 

General Education Requirements (minimum of 18 credits required)

 


English Composition (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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    ENGL-101  English Composition I   
  or  ENGL-103  Composition for Technical Fields I   


Humanities (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
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    ENGL-102  English Composition II   
  or  ENGL-104  Composition for Technical Fields II   


Social Science (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    PSYC-281  General Psychology   


Mathematics (3-4 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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      Students must demonstrate math competency by successful completion of a 100 level or higher Mathematics course with a 2.0 grade or better;  3-4  3-4 
      OR by recommendation to take MATH 130 or higher on the MCC Placement Test;     
      OR by scoring 25 or better on the math portion of the ACT.     


Additional General Education Credits to Fulfill General Education Requirements

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    BIOL-150  The Human Body   
      and     
    BIOL-150L  The Human Body Lab   
  or  BIOL-151  Human Anatomy and Physiology I   
      and     
    BIOL-151L  Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab   
      and     
    BIOL-152  Human Anatomy and Physiology II   
      and     
    BIOL-152L  Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab   
    COMM-131  Fundamentals of Public Speaking   
Group Total  18 18  
     
    Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
 
      PROGRAM TOTAL: 67 99  
   
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