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Dental Assisting (CFDAC)

Certificate

Description

This program prepares students for entry-level dental assisting positions in a variety of settings such as private dental offices, dental schools, the military, and dental insurance offices. The curriculum includes the required dental radiography courses that allow graduates to expose dental radiographs in the State of Michigan. The program also prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination, which leads to the nationally recognized status of a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). As a CDA, graduates assist in the treatment of patients. Graduates of the program are also prepared to take the Michigan State Board of Dentistry examination, which gives recognition as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). As an RDA in the State of Michigan, graduates can perform specific intra-oral functions generally performed by a dentist. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Students may enroll in this program in one of two pathways. Pathway I is the format for the student who is not employed in a dental office. Pathway II (ADAEP) is the advanced standing option for the dental assistant with two or more years of experience as a dental assistant who has passed all three portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) CDA examination. These pathways are described in detail at www.wccnet.edu/health/dental.php.

For more detailed information regarding the health care programs at WCC, please visit our "Welcome to Health Care" home page at www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements for Pathway I (On Campus):
-Meet with the Dental Department. To schedule an appointment, contact Jodi Neuman at (734) 973-3332 or jneuman@wccnet.edu
-Verification of a high school diploma, GED, or higher degree
-Students must be 18 years of age by October 31st of the year they are applying
-Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6 (College Level)
-Successful completion of ACS 1035 (Introduction to Online Learning): www.wccnet.edu/academics/classes/online/introduction-class/
-HSC 101 (Healthcare Terminology) or HSC 124 (Medical Terminology) with a minimum grade of "C+" (2.3 on a 4.0 GPA scale)
-Minimum Cumulative College or High School GPA of 2.3. Only WCC's cumulative GPA will be used if the student has completed 6 or more college credits at WCC. If less than 6 college credits at WCC, the cumulative GPA will be based on the following:
-Cumulative college GPA of all colleges/universities attended if 6 or more college credits completed, but less than 6 credits at WCC
OR
-Cumulative high school GPA of all high schools attended if less than 6 college credits completed.
-Clearance of a criminal background check. Under the Bureau of Health Professions (BHP) for the State of Michigan, an individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of 2 years or a misdemeanor involving the illegal delivery, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance (including motor vehicle violations), may be ineligible to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Examination and obtain a Michigan license.
-Students must declare they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. WCC reserves the right to request that applicants successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the program.

Admission Requirements for Pathway II (ADAEP):
-Contact the Dental Department at (734) 973-3338 or Kathy Weber at weber@wccnet.edu
-Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6 (College Level)
-Successful completion of ACS 1035 (Introduction to Online Learning):
www.wccnet.edu/academics/classes/online/introduction-class/
-Applicants must be employed in a dental office at least 24 hours per week as a chairside dental assistant. The participating dentist will need to validate skills in the office and sign an agreement form.
-Applicants must pass all 3 portions (General Chairside, Radiation Health and Safety, Infection Control) of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination or be a graduate from an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited dental assisting program
-Verification of a current CPR card
-Clearance of a criminal background check. Under the Bureau of Health Professions (BHP) for the State of Michigan, an individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of 2 years or a misdemeanor involving the illegal delivery, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance (including motor vehicle violations), may be ineligible to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Examination and obtain a Michigan license.

Applying for Admission to the Program

Applying for Admission to the Pathway I (On Campus) Program:
After admission to the school, a formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site: www.wccnet.edu/health Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Student applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Upon receipt of a completed application, the student will be placed on the program waitlist following the two-month application cycle deadline in which the application was submitted. Students are encouraged to complete required general education courses (ENG 111 or BMG 207) while on the waitlist until they are notified of their program start date.

Each year approximately 24 students are moved from the waitlist to the formal program with a fall semester start. Students are moved off the waitlist and into the program in the order of first-in, first-out, with priority given to Washtenaw County residents.

Students who wish to be considered to the program need to submit their program application by the May 31st application cycle deadline of the year they are applying for. In the event that there are more spaces available than applications submitted, incomplete applications may be submitted during the April 1st - May 31st application cycle only if we can verify the student can meet all remaining admission requirements by the end of the Spring/Summer semester preceding the fall semester start. Prior to submitting an incomplete application, students must first contact the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office at (734) 973-3596, (734) 477-8998 or healthadmissions@wccnet.edu to determine if we are allowing incomplete applications to be submitted.

For more information on WCC's policy regarding the waitlist process and application cycles, students may view or download the Admission and Waitlist Process for High Demand Programs on the WCC Web site:
www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/

Applying for Admission to the Pathway II (ADAEP) Program:
After admission to the school, a formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site: www.wccnet.edu/health Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Student applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Upon receipt of a completed application, the student will be accepted to the program on a first-come basis until all seats in the program are filled. Students are encouraged to complete required general education courses (ENG 111 or BMG 207) prior to their program start date.
Each semester approximately 12 students are accepted to the formal program for a fall, winter or spring/summer start (see note below).*

Continuing Eligibility

Entrance and Continuing Eligibility Requirements for Pathway I (On Campus):
-Second criminal background check may be required prior to starting the program. Failure to receive an acceptable background check at any time will result in dismissal from the program.
-Mandatory attendance at the new student orientation session upon acceptance into the program.
-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses. All dental courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale) or better in order to graduate from this program.
-A current CPR card is required prior to beginning the winter semester.
-Completion of satisfactory physical examination must be documented on the WCC Report of Medical History form by the date specified during orientation. This form contains verification of childhood immunizations, negative TB test, and evidence of the Hepatitis B vaccination.
-Students must maintain personal health insurance throughout the program.

Entrance and Continuing Eligibility Requirements for Pathway II (ADAEP):
-Second criminal background check may be required prior to starting the program. Failure to receive an acceptable background check at any time will result in dismissal from the program.
-Mandatory attendance at a two (2) day on-campus workshop upon acceptance into the program.
-Continual employment, working at least 24 hours per week as a chairside dental assistant.
-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses. All dental courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale) or better in order to graduate from this program.

Contact Information

Division
Math, Science & Health
Department
Allied Health Department
Advisors
Kristina Sprague, Kathleen Weber

Requirements

Select a concentration for requirements and total credits required for program.

First Semester
Class Title Credits
DEN 102 Managing Safe Practice in Dentistry 1
DEN 106 Biomedical Science for Dental Assistants 2
DEN 107 Oral Anatomy 2
DEN 108 Dental Radiography 2
DEN 110 Basic Clinical Dental Assisting 4
DEN 112 Dental Materials 3
Total 14
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
DEN 118 Preventive Dentistry 2
DEN 120 Oral Diagnosis 1
DEN 128 Dental Radiography Practicum 1
DEN 129 Oral Pathology and Dental Therapeutics 2
DEN 130 Clinical Practice 2
DEN 131 Principles of Dental Specialties 4
Total 12
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
DEN 202 Advanced Clinical Practice 2
DEN 204 Advanced Functions 4
DEN 212 Dental Practice Management 3
BMG 207 or Business Communication
ENG 111 Composition I ** 3 - 4
Total 12 - 13
Total Credits Required
38 - 39
DANB Exam
Class Title Credits
Students must pass all three portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam prior to entry. 22
Total 22
First Semester
Class Title Credits
DEN 204 Advanced Functions 4
DEN 230 Alternative Dental Assisting Education Project 9
BMG 207 or Business Communication
ENG 111 Composition I ** 3 - 4
Total 16 - 17
Total Credits Required
38 - 39

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Footnotes

*It is suggested that students who wish to be considered to the program for a particular semester submit their completed program application at least one month prior to the start of that semester.

If at any time we have more applicants than seats available in the program, we will begin to follow our policy regarding the waitlist process. For more information on WCC's policy regarding the waitlist process and application cycles, students may view or download the Admission and Waitlist Process for High Demand Programs on the WCC Web site: www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/.

**If you are planning to pursue an Associate's degree.

Dental Assisting Certificate and Degree Completion
Students completing the Dental Assisting courses outlined above will obtain a Certificate in Dental Assisting. Students may also complete an associate degree by using the same core dental assisting courses in addition to completing the general education requirements and electives for an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting.

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