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Dental Assisting Advanced Certificate

Hands-on program

Prerequisites Credit Hours
**Biology 110, Biological Science or Biology 205, Human Anatomy 4
**Health 101, Introduction to Allied Healthcare Careers 2
**Health 103, Medical Terminology 2
**Health 160, Introduction to Dental Assisting 3


Major Requirements Credit Hours
Dental Assisting 166, Chairside I 3
Dental Assisting 167, Chairside II 3
Dental Assisting 168, Chairside III 3
Dental Assisting 169, Chairside V 3
Dental Assisting 170, Introduction to Dental Office Assisting 2
Dental Assisting 172, Medical Issues in Dental Office 2
Dental Assisting 174, RDA I 3
Dental Assisting 175, RDA II 3
Dental Assisting 177, Dental Assisting Clinical 4
+Dental Assisting 181, Radiography for Dental Assisting 3
Health 101, Introduction to Allied Healthcare Careers 2
Health 103, Medical Terminology 2
Health 160, Introduction to Dental Assisting 3

+ Courses are open to all employed dental assistants



Employment opportunities in Southwest Michigan are exceptional due to the recent increases in funding in support of public health dental clinics.

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for dental assistants was $41,180 in 2020. The highest-paid 10% made over $58,000.

  • Employment is expected to grow 7% through 2029, faster than average for all occupations.
  • The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.
  • Employment is primarily at dentists’ offices, and most work full time.
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