Lake Michigan College's Dental Assisting program trains you in the skills and knowledge needed in the dental health field. Your dental assisting education at Lake Michigan College will combine training in writing, speaking, and organizing, along with technical education in chair side and laboratory assisting.
While the LMC program is a fully accredited, college-level group of courses, high school students may explore dental assisting as a career by completing the beginning courses while still in high school.
To become an R.D.A., you must complete an approved college program, such as Lake Michigan College's, and pass the State of Michigan Board Examination. Satisfactory completion of this certificate program qualifies the student for the National Board Examination (CDA), the State Licensing Examination (R.D.A.), and certifies in Standard First Aid and in CPR (American Red Cross). The Associate of Applied Science degree is an added career credential.
Open Entry/Open Exit Format
Students in the Dental Assisting program at LMC are not limited by semester timelines, but can begin courses any time during any semester through the Open Entry/Open Exit format (OE/OE). The program may be taken full or part time. Day and evening courses are available.
OE/OE is a supporting element of compentency-based education in which students can learn and progress at their own rate. One student's performances is not compared to the performances of other students, but is compared to checklists that have definite standards of acceptability.
The OE/OE program format lets the student enter the job market throughout the year.
Equipment and Technology in the Classroom
Because today's dental office utilizes technology-based equipment, you will work with high-level technology during your coursework.
A new dental assisting lab opened in 2011 on the Napier Avenue Campus. This new classroom area gives you access to some of the latest dental assisting training equipment. One of the recent additions to the dental assisting lab at LMC is the digital dental x-ray machine which provides instantaneous images with virtually no patient exposure to radiation. You will also practice techniques on special dental mannequins that help you simulate the work you'll eventually do on patients.
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities. PowerPoint presentations, videos, DVDs, the Internet and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in class.
After you have learned the required procedures in the classroom and lab, you will begin applying your new talents in a dental office through clinical experiences: Clinical I and Clinical II will allow you to work side-by-side with dentists and other dental professionals and become experienced with actual patient situations.
Your performance in the clinical setting will be reviewed weekly with your LMC dental assisting instructor.
An Accredited Program
Lake Michigan College's Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body by the Council of Post Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. The Michigan State Board of Dentistry also accredits the program.
American Dental Assistants Association
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Chicago, IL 60601-2211