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Dental Assisting
Dental Assisting
Program Admissions

LMC's Dental Assisting programHow to Apply - Admission to LMC

  • Fill out the Lake Michigan College application.
  • Have high school transcripts (or GED results) and college transcripts sent to the Admissions Office.
  • Take COMPASS Assessment. This is a basic skills assessment which covers reading and writing (English). This is a College requirement for all first time college students. Other students follow catalog policy for admission.
  • Call or visit Financial Aid (optional).
  • Talk with the Dental Assisting advisor.
  • With the assistance of the Dental Assisting advisor, register for classes.

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LMC's Dental Assisting programEntrance Requirements for Dental Assisting Program

  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • English (Writing): Passing score achieved through Lake Michigan College Placement Assessment. Please see your advisor for more information. A student may be enrolled in the appropriate transitional studies course concurrently with DENT 165.
  • Reading (Reading): Passing score achieved through Lake Michigan College Placement Assessment: Please see your advisor for more information. A student may be enrolled in the appropriate transitional studies course concurrently with DENT 165.
  • Interview with Dental Assisting Program Director or designee.
  • Candidates for the Associate in Applied Science degree must meet the algebra proficiency requirement.

Admission Criteria for Handicapped Students

The Lake Michigan College Dental Assisting program prepares students to become registered dental assistants, registered by the State of Michigan. It is necessary that each student be able to reach a minimum level of competency. Anyone taking the Dental Assisting program at Lake Michigan College must be able to work with the patient in the most helpless conditions, and in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. To meet this requirement, the student must have:

  • The visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify the absence of respiratory movement in a patient.
  • Enough hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker's face.
  • Sufficient physical ability (minimal impairment of upper and lower extremities) to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Sufficient speaking ability to be able to question the patient verbally about his/her condition and to relay information about patient verbally to others.
  • Enough manual dexterity to draw up solutions in a syringe.

Failure to meet the above criteria will result in denial of admission. General good health is required of Dental Assisting students. Policies and procedures that assist students in maintaining good health during the dental assisting program are available on request. Policies and procedures on blood borne and infectious diseases are available to be viewed in room C-317 on the Napier Avenue Campus upon request.

How to Get Credit for the Knowledge You Have

LMC has multiple Pathways for receiving credit for prior experience and knowledge of dental assisting. Pathways II, III, or IV could speed the process to certification and ability to write the RDA Examination.

Advantages to Receiving Prior Experiential Learning Credit

  • Receive 18 to 27 college credits
  • Receive credit for work experience
  • Flexible time commitment
  • Receive recognition of your basic dental knowledge
  • Outstanding educational value (cost & quality)


I: Certificate Program - traditional entry for any student

I: Associates Degree - traditional entry for any student

II. Articulation agreements with high school dental assisting programs

III. Current certified dental assistants can obtain credit for prior experience

IV. Non-credentialed working dental assistants can challenge each course

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