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As a Dental Assistant, you are part of the team that provides dental health care for patients under the direction of a licensed dentist. In this career, you have a range of employment opportunities — a solo or group practice, specialty practice, hospital or public health clinic, dental school, or dental lab.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn fundamentals of dentistry and dental procedures including dental anatomy, hygiene, materials, and radiology.
  • Get hands-on training through clinical practice opportunities.
  • Be eligible, upon program completion, to sit for two board exams:
    1. The Dental Assisting National Board Exam to earn the credential CDA, Certified Dental Assistant.
    2. The State of Michigan Board Exam, to earn the credential RDA, Registered Dental Assistant.

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
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, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; (312) 440-2718.

For more information about our certificate programs, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit www.Baker.edu/gainfulemployment.

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Career Facts

  • For Dental Assistants, the average salary is about $32,300.
  • Dental Assistant is one of today’s fastest growing occupations.
  • By 2016, employment is expected to grow 29 percent, much faster than other occupations.
  • Benefits vary widely, depending on the dental practice.
  • The American Dental Association indicates that about 87% of dentists offer their Assistants reimbursement for continuing education courses.
  • About half of Dental Assistants have a 35- to 40-hour work week. Others work part-time or variable schedules.
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