Health Science
Health Science
Health Science

Dental Assisting


Lake Michigan College
-Bertrand Campus
-Napier Campus

Career Opportunities Include:

· Dental Assistant
· Hygienist
· Medical Assistant

GRADES: 11-12

Class Description

This college-level course covers diagnostic, operative, and preventive procedures in the dental area. Students work with instruments, mannequins, computers, and records. This is the beginning course for dental assistants.

· Open entry/open exit with college.

*This course may be available for college credit through Lake Michigan College.

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Career Outlook

Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They work chairside as dentists examine and treat patients.

Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they may devote their own time to more profitable procedures.

Most assistants learn their skills on the job, although an increasing number are trained in dental assisting programs; most programs take one year or less to complete.

Job prospects should be excellent.

Median annual wages of dental assistants were $32,380 in 2008.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2007-2008 Edition.