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Dental Assistant Program

The Dental Assistant diploma program at Dorsey Schools is designed to prepare each student to become a member of the dental healthcare team and provide dental care to patients under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. In addition to the classroom instruction, and as a required part of the Dental Assistant program at Dorsey Schools, students will receive an externship component that takes place during the last module of training, which allows students to assimilate the knowledge acquired in the classroom into clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the Dental Assistant program at Dorsey Schools, students may challenge two components of a national certification exam.

  • Instruction on how to provide dental care to patients under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
  • Exposure to administrative dental office procedures, including records management, appointment scheduling, communication skills, and a basic foundation of bookkeeping.
  • Coverage of topics such as dental anatomy and physiology, terminology, dental materials, preventative oral care, two-handed and four-handed dental chairside assisting, radiography, sterilization, instrumentation, pharmacology, dental specialties, and laboratory procedures.
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to challenge the national certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., upon completion of 3,500 hours of dental work experience.
  • Dearborn Campus
  • Roseville Campus

Dental Assistant Career Outlook

The dental assistant is a valuable member of a professional dental healthcare team. They typically have many tasks which can often include caring for the patient, taking X-rays, assisting the dentist during procedures and scheduling appointments, among other responsibilities. Positions in dental assisting may be found in a variety of dental practice settings including solo and group practices, specialty practices, hospital dental practices, dental schools, and public health clinics.

  • According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.a
  • In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 4.4% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Dental Assistant program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become a valued member of a dental healthcare team

  • Bright Smile
  • Detroit Dental Specialists
  • Great Expressions
  • Hoffman Dental Care
  • Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Inc.
  • Rosenberry Family Dental
  • …and more!

Why Choose Dorsey

Dorsey Schools is a respected post-secondary institution, having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan since 1934. At Dorsey Schools, you’re not just a number. You have specific goals; goals that are unique to you as an individual and as a student at Dorsey Schools, we’re going to work hard to help you reach those goals. Our instructors and administrators know students individually and they care about each individual student. In addition, our schools are designed to help students throughout their time with us from the Admissions process through Financial Aid to Career Services, our administrators are readily available. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have a strong commitment to our students and the communities in which they live and work.

  • Small Class Sizes: Many of our lecture classes have a maximum of a 30:1 student to teacher ratio (some may be up to 40:1, it varies by campus), and most lab classes have a maximum of an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, allowing students to receive personal attention and the one-on-one guidance needed for success.
  • Quality Instructors: Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated and committed to our students’ success. Every Dorsey Schools instructor meets or exceeds State of Michigan and accreditation criteria, guidelines, and qualifications. It’s not uncommon for Dorsey students to see their instructors as their coach and mentor throughout their studies.
  • Hands-on Training: We provide our students with program-specific curriculum dedicated to assist them in learning the skills needed for that specific career. Learning at Dorsey Schools often takes place in both lecture and lab settings allowing students the ability to practice the skills they are learning. Many of our programs also include an Externship prior to graduation, designed to model the work environment students may experience upon Graduation.*
  • Short-Term Training Programs: Many of the programs at Dorsey Schools can be completed in a year or less, allowing you to complete your training in a relatively short period of time.**
  • TEN Convenient Campus Locations: We have TEN campus locations (Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Madison Heights, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Taylor, Waterford-Pontiac, Wayne-Westland) prepared to assist the people of Michigan develop skills needed for exciting new career opportunities. Each of our campuses has a dedicated staff available to help you throughout your studies.
  • Convenient Class Schedules: We realize our students are busy and often juggle commitments outside of school. As a result, we offer Day, Afternoon, and Evening classes*** designed to fit your schedule.
  • Tuition Planning: Each of our campuses has Financial Aid Representatives available to meet with students and discuss financing options. We realize the Financial Aid process can be difficult to understand, but our team will help students understand the process and options available to them. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Career Services: Each of our campuses has Career Services professionals dedicated to offer employment assistance to all eligible graduates. In addition, Dorsey Schools has developed relationships with employers in Michigan which, when coupled with the job search skills students learn, creates positive employment possibilities for our graduates. Dorsey Schools is your Career Connection™.

*Programs vary by campus
**Completion time varies by program
***Availability varies by campus


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Dental Assistants (SOC Code: 31-9091), http://milmi.mt.gov (visited July 11, 2016).

NOTE: The Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Health Professions and the Board of Dentistry, are responsible for the licensing of individuals who want to practice dentistry, dental hygiene and advanced levels of dental assisting. Students attending a course in dental assisting that is offered by a licensed proprietary school that is not accredited by the American Dental Association are not eligible for licensure by the State of Michigan. Dorsey Schools is classified as a licensed proprietary school and is not accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of this program are not eligible for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant. However, graduates of this program may challenge a certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. after completing 3,500 hours of dental work experience. Dorsey’s Dental Assistant program includes the opportunity to sit for the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and the Infection Control (ICE) certification exams, which are two components of the Dental Assisting national Board (“DANB”) Certified Dental Assistant (“CDA”) exam. Graduates of this program may complete the third exam component necessary for DANB’s CDA credential, which is challenged after completing “a minimum of 3,500 hours’ work experience as a dental assistant, accrued over a period of at least two years (24 months, if employed full-time) to a maximum of four years (48 months, if employed part-time) which employment must be verified by a licensed dentist.”

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