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Dental Assisting (CFDAC)



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 health.wccnet.edu/dentalassisting/certification/.

Admissions Requirements

Washtenaw Community College uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Welcome to Health Care home page at health.wccnet.edu/.

Contact Information

Health Sciences
Allied Health Department
Kristina Sprague
Kathleen Weber


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

Semester 1 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum 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
Semester 2 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum 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
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer)
Class Title Minimum 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
Class Title Minimum 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 Minimum 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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*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 Occupational Studies.

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