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    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

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    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

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Dental Assisting Associate Degree from Baker College

Dental AssistingAssociate of Applied Science

Help make smiles healthier.

Prepare to work in a professional environment.

Registered Dental Assistants provide dental services and perform dental procedures under the direction of a licensed dentist. Along with assisting the dentist at chairside, they prepare instruments and other materials for patient treatment, size and place temporary fillings and crowns, apply fluoride and sealants, and more. It’s work that requires adaptability, attention to detail, and good listening skills.

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Career Facts

$34,500

Median salary for Dental Assistants

25%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$70,210

Median salary for Dental Hygienists

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Overview

Baker’s College Dental Assisting associate degree program combines study in the classroom, lab, and clinic as well as off-site externships. You receive hands-on training in the fundamentals of dentistry and the latest dental procedures, and learn computer and work skills that will help you excel in your career. 

When you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to take the exams you need to become certified as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), and well prepared for a variety of job opportunities, from a private dental practice to a hospital or dental lab.

Course Information
Dental Assisting Major Requirements59 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
DAS 101
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5 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the dental profession and the role of the dental assistant. Topics include the history of dentistry, dental equipment and instruments, infection control, team positioning, four-handed dentistry techniques and emergency dental management. 30 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Dental Assisting I5
DAS 102
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides the foundation for dental charting, clinical examination, management of the medically compromised patient, assisting in restorative dentistry, management of pain and anxiety, and an introduction to clinical assisting through rotations in the Baker College dental hygiene clinic. 30 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 101.
Dental Assisting II5
DAS 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a study of head and neck anatomy and tooth morphology with an introduction to the development and structural anatomy of the orofacial region. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Dental Anatomy, Histology and Embryology4
DAS 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to biomedical sciences as they relate to dentistry. Course content includes microbiology, oral pathology, pharmacology, and a comprehensive study of the principles of infection control employed in the dental office.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Biomedical Science4
DAS 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a study of the composition, chemical and physical properties, manipulation, and uses of dental materials. Laboratory experiences include the application and manipulation of various materials used in dentistry. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 101.
Dental Materials4
DAS 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a study of radiation physics, hygiene, and safety theories. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of oral radiographic techniques. Includes exposure of intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs, quality assurance, and patient management criteria. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 111.
Dental Radiology4
DAS 151
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to business office procedures, including telephone management, appointment control, receipt of payment for dental services, completion of third-party reimbursement forms, supply inventory maintenance, data entry for charges and payments, management recall systems, basic dental computer software, and operation of basic business equipment.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 102.
Dental Office Management3
DAS 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a study of the prevention of the dental disease, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride, community dental health, and nutrition. Students will participate in a community preventive dental health project.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 121A.
Nutrition and Preventative Dentistry2
DAS 201A
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11 Quarter Hours

Provides 300 hours of dental assisting practice and experience in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on infection control, data collection, patient management techniques, communication, professionalism and ethics, and entry-level, four-handed dental assisting procedures. A one hour weekly seminar for 10 weeks is conducted to integrate theory and laboratory practices and student reflection on individual experiences.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 221A.
Clinical Practice11
DAS 211B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform Registered Dental Assistant functions. Emphasis is on acid etch, sealant placement, provisional coverage, fluoride application, dental dam application, selective coronal polishing, fabrication of amalgam restorations, provisional coverage fabrication, and supragingival cement removal. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 131.
RDA Functions4
DAS 221A
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3 Quarter Hours

Introduces the dental assistant to dental specialty practices. The following specialties are included: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics and dental public health. The course includes Registered Dental Assistant clinical skills related to each specialty. 10 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 102.
Dental Specialties3
DAS 231
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1 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the development of professionalism for dental office personnel. The course will explore the legal and ethical practice of dentistry, risk management, and the study of the state Dental Practice Act. Content includes the exploration of interpersonal skills and factors related to job satisfaction.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 102.
Professional Concepts1
DAS 261
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive review of the Dental Assisting Curriculum. This course is designed as a guide for students to enhance their individual preparation for national and state dental assisting board exams. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. This is the capstone course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DAS 211B.
CDA/RDA Exam Preparatory4
SCI 100F
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161B
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 91

Program Description

Registered Dental Assistants are licensed healthcare professionals who administer direct restorative and preventive dental services to dental patients, under assignment of a licensed dentist. Registered Dental Assistants are unique members of the dental healthcare team as they care for their patients providing a variety of services. The Registered Dental Assistant, licensed by the state of Michigan, is able to: place, pack, and carve amalgam restorations; inspect and chart the oral cavity; expose, process, and mount dental radiographs; remove sutures; size and place temporary fillings and crowns; perform selective coronal polish; capture vital signs; achieve pulp vitality tests; apply fluoride and dental sealants; place and remove a dental dam, periodontal dressing, and retraction cords. Additionally, a Registered Dental Assistant can assist the doctor at chairside, relate home healthcare instructions to patients, prepare instruments and operatories for sterilization and disinfection, as well as perform the role of an administrative assistant. The profession blends technical skills with people skills. Successful completion of this program allows the individual to sit for two board exams: (1) the State of Michigan Board Exam, to earn the credential RDA, Registered Dental Assistant and (2) the Dental Assisting National Board Exam to earn the credential CDA, Certified Dental Assistant. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. This is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. 

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.                                                                     

  • Demonstrate gross and fine motor control with corresponding hand-eye coordination for safe and comfortable patient care.
  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, patients, and providers.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal, written, and electronic health information.
  • Observe and correctly interpret laboratory demonstrations and patient conditions as a part of clinical and laboratory procedures.
  • Operate a rheostat to safely perform tasks such as fabrication of provisional restorations and application of dental sealants.
  • Palpate the head, neck, and oral cavity, percuss teeth, and perform other diagnostic modalities; characterize and interpret findings appropriately.
  • Accurately characterize and interpret the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of body  structures and fluids.
  • Accurately assess equipment, medication, solutions, and other products/supplies to ensure patient safety.
  • Observe/guard patients' response before, during, and after clinical dental treatment.
  • Access the patient to safely perform clinical dental treatment.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to include obtaining, interpreting, and documenting written and verbal information.
  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data for purposes of safe and effective delivery of radiography and mixing and delivering dental materials.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to deliver patient care in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. , patient unconsciousness, aspiration of materials, etc.) and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and Standard Precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Dental Assistant's Code of Ethics and professional standards, Baker College conduct guidelines and clinical site policies and procedures.
Mission

The mission of the Dental Assisting Program at Baker College is to create dental health care professionals who will be life-long learners with the passion, knowledge, and skills needed to provide exceptional patient care in a diverse and ever changing environment.

Philosophy

The dental assisting program, at Baker College of Port Huron, part of the Health Sciences Division, provides an education based in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences. The goal of the academic division is to support and carry out the college mission. This goal is accomplished by developing and delivering curriculum and fulfilling the three components of instruction, learning and assessment. Emphasis will be put on developmental education/advising, curriculum delivery, faculty and staff training, and outcomes.

The major emphasis of dental assisting education is educating a dental auxiliary who is ethically and morally responsible, clinically competent and facilitates comprehensive quality care. The primary responsibility for faculty is to approach the educational process with positive reinforcement, stressing excellence, relevance, and purpose in recognizing our close relationship with our community. The dental assisting program will strive to meet and exceed its goals in concert with local dental professionals with continued review of current theory and emerging technology.

Program Goals
  • Prepare a dental assistant who will be competent with respect to the “Baker College Competencies for the Dental Assistant.
  • Maintain competent dental assisting faculty and staff with clinical / work experience to ensure a quality and current educational program.
  • Maintain admission’s policies to ensure qualified students.
  • Satisfy students with the quality of their dental assisting education.
  • Graduate students who are engaged in community service and life-long learning.
  • Maintain an active Advisory Board.
  • Prepare curriculum that is current and relevant.
  • Maintain a quality assurance program for program enhancement.
Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association., 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; (312) 440-2718. This is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Please reference http://www.ada.org for further information. 

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Auburn Hills
THIS COMPLETED APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE ACADEMIC OFFICE ON THE AUBURN HILLS COMPUS.  The application will then be given to the Director of Dental Assisting.  A receipt will be given to verify the application was received, when the application is turned into the ACADEMIC OFFICE.   If compliance of the physical process of the application process cannot be met for any reason, the student must speak to the Dental Assisting Program Director, Kelly Roos, personally at 248.276.6669

A MANDATORY PROGRAM ORIENTATION SESSION will be held to prepare individuals for program entry.

Students will be notified on Friday, June 15, 2012, as to their status of enrollment into the Dental Assisting Professional track. 

Download the Baker College of Auburn Hills Application for the Dental Assisting Program.

Port Huron
THIS APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE ACADEMIC OFFICE ROOM.  The application will then be given to the Program Director. The student will be given a receipt when the application is turned in to verify that it was received.  If the student cannot comply with this requirement for any reason, they must speak to Mrs. Meikle, personally at (810) 989-2105.

You will be notified by June 15th, 2012, or sooner if possible, as to your status of enrollment. Those accepted will need to attend a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of the professional track.

Download the Baker College of Port Huron Application for the Dental Assisting Program.

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Campus Contacts

Baker College of Auburn Hills

Kelly J. Roos, CDA, R.D.A., M.S.

Director of Dental Assisting
1500 University Drive    
Auburn Hills, MI  48236
(248) 276 6669
kelly.roos@baker.edu


Baker College of Port Huron

Lori J. Meikle, CDA, R.D.A., M.S.

Director of Dental Assisting
3403 Lapeer Road
Port Huron, MI  48060
(810) 989 2105
lori.meikle@baker.edu

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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