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The Washtenaw Community College Dental Assisting Program provides an accredited, one-year certificate program that prepares students for entry-level careers in dental assisting. In these positions, graduates will perform the legally delegated duties of the dental assistant according to the Administrative Rules of the Michigan Board of Dentistry.

To achieve this mission, program faculty are committed to the following goals:
  • Prepare students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to obtain state licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant.
  • Provide a curriculum that prepares students to function as integral members of the dental team.
  • Provide the community with well-prepared, entry-level dental assistants.

These commitments reflect the mission of the College, the DA mission, and certain philosophical beliefs concerning the profession of dental assisting, and the education of dental assistants. These beliefs are:
  • Maintaining close connections to dental practitioners benefits the DA program, its faculty, and its students. These connections allows program faculty to: understand and meet the needs of the dental community; integrate current knowledge, procedures, and technology into the program; and to select clinical sites for students.
  • Dental assisting is a caring profession which demands that the assistant communicate with support, teach, and care for patients in a manner that leads patients to self-care.
  • The dental assistant is an important member of the dental health team, helping to increase patient access to dental care, as well as increasing the productivity and efficiency of dental practices.
  • Students should be offered options for program completion that recognize knowledge and skills developed in on-the-job training at dental offices.

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