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MCC’s Military Bridge Program Fast Tracks Vets into Dental Assisting careers

MCC's Military Bridge Program will enable veterans to get academic credit for military dental training toward an associate's degree.
MCC's Military Bridge Program will enable veterans to get academic credit for military dental training toward an associate's degree.

Mott Community College has made it easier for military veterans to transition from military to civilian life by helping them translate their military training into a civilian career pathway in Dental Assisting.

The College developed a Dental Assistant Military Bridge Program to enable former military personnel who were trained as a Dental Assistant Apprentice (USAF), Dental Specialist (Army) or Dental Assistant (Navy) to directly transfer military credits to MCC’s Dental Assistant program. This is currently the only METC bridge program for a Dental Assistant Certificate in the US.

Interested veterans can contact Dr. Denise Polk at denise.polk@mcc.edu or call 810- 762-0493 for more information on how to get started.

The MCC Bridge Program allows veterans to complete the MCC Dental Assistant program in less time and transition into a civilian career more quickly. To see the complete Bridge Program degree pathway, visit https://www.mcc.edu/da-military-bridge.

Not only can veterans complete MCC’s Dental Assisting program more quickly with the Bridge Program, but they can build on their education as well. “The Dental Assistant Military Bridge Program for veterans can ladder into Dental Assisting with opportunities for credit attainment toward Dental Hygiene,” said Dr. Rebecca Myszenski, Dean of the Health Sciences Department at MCC.

“This program can ladder into an Associate’s of Science in Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene,” said Myszenski, “and if students choose to pursue Dental Hygiene, additional credit will be given for specific courses.” Upon completion of a Dental Hygiene Associate’s degree, laddering opportunities and articulation agreements are in place with the University of Michigan and Detroit Mercy dental school for students wishing to pursue a career as a dentist.

MCC has transfer pathways to their university partners for students who complete an Associate’s degree in Dental Assisting. Students will be able to transfer their credits to university partners to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care related fields.

MCC’s Dental Assisting associate’s degree prepares students 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).

The job market for Dental Assistants is expected to grow by 19% through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, representing a growth of 64,600 new jobs nationwide. The news is even better to certified Dental Assistants. A 2017 report by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) shows that Dental Assistants who hold DANB CDA certification earn more per hour than non-certified assistants, a difference of $20.46 versus $17.76.

To be able to offer the Military Bridge Program, MCC had to submit the proposal the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for review. After reviewing the bridge program, CODA granted the MCC Dental Assisting program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements,” allowing the College to offer former military personnel the bridge credits with no changes to program accreditation.

METC (Medical Education and Training Campus) is the United States Department of Defense tri-service training facility at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. It operates as an integrated campus under a single university-style administration, with nearly 50 programs of study available to U.S. military enlisted students and a small number of foreign military students, from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

MCC is a Veteran Friendly School
MCC is committed to supporting veterans and their families. The new Dental Assisting program for veterans is part of the College’s promise to ensure veterans understand their VA benefits and other forms financial aid and scholarships, and keep veteran students focused on career outcomes and pathways to ensure they complete their academic and career goals.

The College received a Gold ranking as a Veteran Friendly School for the 2017-18 academic year by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). Gold is the highest ranking the organization awards to colleges and universities. It is the College’s third Gold designation in as many years.


Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: https://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php

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September 11, 2019
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