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Auburn Hills Dental Programs Granted Accreditation

July 21, 2009

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has granted accreditation to the dental assisting certificate and associate degree, and the dental hygiene associate degree programs at Baker College of Auburn Hills. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body that operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

“Congratulations to Iris Lane, Sheree Duff, Kelly Roos and the entire dental program staff and faculty for this outstanding achievement,” said Jeff Love, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “It is through their hard work and dedication that we are able to achieve this accreditation.”

The dental programs at Baker College of Auburn Hills were granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements,” and the formal report of the Commission following their site visit listed no recommendations for program improvement. Accreditation is valid for seven years.

Baker’s dental assisting programs are designed to prepare individuals to sit for two board exams: The dental assisting national board exam to earn the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential, and the state of Michigan board exam to earn the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential. Graduates of the Baker College of Auburn Hills dental assisting programs may work in a variety of dental practice settings, including solo and group practices, specialty practices, hospital dental clinics, dental schools, public health clinics and dental laboratories.

The dental hygiene associate degree program at Baker College of Auburn Hills prepares students to sit for four board exams: the national dental hygiene board examination, the northeast regional examination, the local anesthesia examination and the nitrous oxide sedation examination. These allow graduates from the program to practice the profession of dental hygiene. Baker’s dental hygienist graduates may find employment as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, consumer advocates, sales managers and consultants. They may work in a variety of health care settings, including private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, correctional institutions or nursing homes.

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