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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Michigan

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
  • Registered Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Title: Dental Assistant
None. Dental assistants in Michigan can perform basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions

  • Be licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in the state of Michigan
  • Complete a CODA accredited course in the desired expanded functions, in accordance with Michigan Board of Dentistry requirements

Registered Dental Assistant Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

  • Receive certification or degree from a CODA accredited or Michigan Board of Dentistry approved dental assistant program
  • Pass the Michigan Board of Dentistry comprehensive and clinical exam or equivalent out of state exam
  • Apply to board for licensing

Radiography Requirements

  • Complete a dental radiography course that is substantially equivalent to a CODA accredited program

Dental Assistant Salary in Michigan

Lowest Salary $24,500
Median Salary $33,640
Highest Salary $44,740
Average Salary $33,730

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Ann Arbor, MI
Lowest Salary $24,760
Median Salary $34,660
Highest Salary $47,310
Average Salary $35,030

Detroit, MI
Lowest Salary $19,780
Median Salary $30,260
Highest Salary $43,990
Average Salary $31,010

* Figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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