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Dental Assisting Associate in Applied Science Degree

Learn within your schedule

Unlike most programs where everyone graduates at the same time, the Dental Assisting program allows you to work at your own pace. So if you want to finish your classes and start working in a dental office as soon as possible, there is nothing to slow you down. If you need to work or attend to other responsibilities while you are in the program, that’s okay, too. Labs are located at both the Benton Harbor and Niles campuses, with varied hours.

The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, (CODA), 2111 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-440-4653 a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is also accredited by the Michigan State Board of Dentistry.


General Education Requirements Credit Hours
Biology 110, Biological Science or Biology 205, Human Anatomy 3
English 101, English Composition 3
English 102, English Composition, or English 103, Technical Writing, or Communication 101, Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Mathematics 122, Intermediate Algebra, or Mathematics 123, Quantitative Reasoning 4
Psychology 201, Introduction to Psychology 3


Major Requirements Credit Hours
Dental Assisting 165, Introduction to Dental Assisting 3
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 171, Introduction to Dental Radiography 3
Dental Assisting 172, Medical Issues in Dental Office 2
Dental Assisting 173, Clinical I 6
Dental Assisting 174, RDA I 3
Dental Assisting 175, RDA II 3
Dental Assisting 176, Clinical II 5
+Dental Assisting 180, Dental Radiography 2

+ Courses are open to all employed dental assistants


Once you pass your exam and start working, you can expect to earn about $36,000 per year. Plus, the need for dental assistants is expected to grow 14% by 2024, so your chances of getting and keeping a job are excellent!

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Ken Kettler is the Academic Advisor for Health Sciences programs at Lake Michigan College.

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