Dental Assisting (CFDAC)

Certificate

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.

This is a high demand program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Students may enroll in this program in one of two pathways. Pathway I is for students with no previous dental experience. 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.

Pathway I

This Pathway is for the student with no previous dental experience. Students attend classes in a traditional on-campus setting blended with online components. Students should expect to complete the program in three consecutive semesters.

Pathway II (ADAEP)

This Pathway is for the dental assistant with two or more years of dental assisting experience. The applicant also must be a current Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) meaning that they have passed all three portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) CDA exam.

Applicants will receive college credit for passing the DANB CDA examination prior to entry. Students will be required to attend a mandatory two-day on-campus workshop at the beginning of the semester. They will then return to their offices to complete assigned class projects under the supervision of their licensed dentist mentor. The two will work as a team to complete clinical validations for the program. Homework, class assignments, lectures, and tests will be completed using the WCC online Blackboard system. E-mail will enable communication with the WCC course instructor. At the end of the semester, the students will be required to return to campus to complete a clinical final.

Accreditation

WCC's Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611 (312-440-4653). CODA logo

 

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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/.

Washtenaw Community College uses a limited enrollment process for admission to this program. 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 Health Care website at health.wccnet.edu/. Prerequisite and program requirements along with WCC's point system and scales are reviewed annually and subject to change.

Students are expected to meet the prerequisite and program requirements of the catalog term for the semester in which they first begin the program. Details regarding WCC's admissions process and to download the application can be found on WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program information page .

Admission Requirements for Pathway I (On Campus):
Each year approximately 24 students are accepted to Pathway I for a Fall start on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Participation in a mandatory information session. Contact Jodi Neuman at [email protected]
3. Program prerequisite courses:
a. ACS 1035 (Introduction to Online Learning)
b. HSC 101 or HSC 124 with a minimum grade of C+/2.3
4. Academic Reading Level of 6 (College Level)
5. Academic Writing Level of 6 (College Level)
6. Verification of high school diploma, GED or higher degree.
7. 18 years of age by October 1st of the year student starts the program.
8. Signed Student Competencies Form (see application packet). WCC reserves the right to request, before or during the program, that students successfully demonstrate specific physical and cognitive abilities related to the program.
9. Residency verification.

Admission Requirements for Pathway II (ADAEP):
Each year, approximately 36 students are accepted to Pathway II for a Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semester start (12 per semester) on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Contact Tina Sprague in the Dental Assisting Department at [email protected].
3. Program prerequisite courses:
a. ACS 1035 (Introduction to Online Learning)
4. Academic Reading Level of 6 (College Level).
5. Academic Writing Level of 6 (College Level).
6. Current and valid CPR card.
7. Pass all three portions (GC, RHS and ICE) of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) Examination or graduate from an American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Accredited Dental Assisting program.
8. Students must be employed in a dental office at least 24 hours per week as a chairside dental assistant. The participating dentist must validate the student's skills (see the Student Agreement of Participation and Dentist Agreement of Participation forms in the admission packet).
9. Residency verification.

A formal application and acceptance to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program information page. Completed and signed applications must be submitted during the dates indicated on the application to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office in the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building. Applications for both pathways are processed on a first-qualified, first admitted basis.

Continuing Eligibility for Pathway I (On Campus):
1. Students must purchase an account from a college-designated vendor to obtain a criminal background check and submit health records to the department by the deadlines provided at the mandatory orientation session.
2. Additional background checks may be conducted at any time during the program. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Any student found to have a positive drug screen for drugs prohibited by State of Michigan or Federal law (including marijuana) or controlled substances will be dismissed from the program. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students must complete any other health requirements as designated by the clinical sites.
4. All Dental Assisting (DEN) and support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0.
5. Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Continuing Eligibility for Pathway II (ADAEP):
1. Continual employment working a minimum 24 hours per week as a chairside dental assistant during the program is required.
2. All Dental Assisting (DEN) and support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0.
3. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting as requested by the Dental Assisting Department. Any student found to have a positive drug screen for drugs prohibited by State of Michigan or Federal law (including marijuana) or controlled substances will be dismissed from the program. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.
4. Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Division
Health Sciences
Department
Allied Health Department
Advisors
Karolyn Lehn
Jodi Neuman
Kristina Sprague

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

Concentrations

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   Patient Records 1
DEN 128   Dental Radiography Practice 1
DEN 129   Patient Assessment 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
Total 12
Total Credits Required
38
DANB Exam
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
Total 16
Total Credits Required
38

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 Occupational Studies.