Dental Assisting

Program Overview

Certificate, Dental Assisting

Registered Dental Assistants are licensed healthcare professionals who administer direct restorative and preventive dental services to dental patients, under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Registered Dental Assistants are unique members of the dental health care 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; as well as place and remove a dental dam, periodontal dressing, and retraction cords. Additionally, a Registered Dental Assistant can assist the doctor at chairside, relate home health care 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. Please reference www.ada.org for further information. Program Status: Limited Enrollment

Associate of Applied Science, Dental Assisting

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 health care 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 health care 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. Please reference www.ada.org for further information. Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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.

 

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