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Dental Assisting (CFDAC)

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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

A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site.
- www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/

Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Admission to the Dental Assisting Program is on a first-come basis for qualified applicants who have met all the admission requirements. A limited number of students are admitted to the Dental Assisting Program.

It is strongly advised that students complete the general education requirement of ENG 111 or BMG 207 before entering the Dental Assisting Program.

Requirements for application for Pathway I:
- All applicants are required to successfully complete ACS 1035 Introduction to Online Learning. www.wccnet.edu/academics/classes/online/introduction-class/
- As part of skill validation prior to clinical placement, all students must demonstrate a proficiency in the English language.
- Applicants must undergo a criminal background check.
- Verification of a high school diploma, GED, or higher degree.
- Overall cumulative high school GPA or college GPA must be a minimum of 2.3.
- Admission to the Dental Assisting Program is contingent upon students declaring that 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 Dental Assisting Program.
- Completion of HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology or HSC 124 Medical Terminology with a minimum grade of grade of C+ (2.3 on a 4.0 GPA scale).
- Contact the Dental Assisting Department at 734-973-3332 or Jodi Neuman at jneuman@wccnet.edu

Requirements for application for Pathway II:
- All applicants are required to successfully complete ACS 1035 Introduction to Online Learning.
- Applicants must undergo a criminal background check.
- Applicants must pass all 3 portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) CDA examination
- Applicants must be employed in a dental office. The dentist/mentor will need to validate skills in the office and sign an agreement form.
- Contact the Dental Assisting Department at 734-973-3338 or Kathleen Weber at weber@wccnet.edu.

Continuing Eligibility

- Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses. All dental courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order to graduate from this program.
- A current CPR card is required prior to enrolling in DEN 130 Clinical Practice.
- 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.
- All students must be 18 years of age prior to the start of Dental Radiography DEN 108.

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

*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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