Preparing you not just for a job, but also a profession

A career as a dental assistant in Oakland County, MI offers many benefits beyond just a fulfilling role in the community and higher wages. For instance, most positions offer health care benefits, retirement or 401(k) plans, uniform allowances, paid vacation, paid holidays, free dental care, profit-sharing, paid sick days, as well as the ability to be promoted. We understand how fulfilling this career will be and how important it is not only to learn the skills necessary but also to learn the appropriate demeanor and compassionate bedside manner to succeed in this profession.

  • Job Interviewing Skills

    Who better to teach you how to master superb job interviewing skills and techniques than someone who actually has experience with hiring dental assistants? We will not only teach you exactly what dentists are looking for, but we will also conduct mock interviews with feedback so that you can be sure to make a wonderful first impression that makes you stand out in a crowd.

  • Job-Specific Training

    Our curriculum works top to bottom through all of the necessary and essential educational requirements needed to sustain a job as dental assistant. You will receive an in-depth education in dental anatomy, terminology, techniques, infection control, disinfecting, instrument processing, equipment use, and OSHA guidelines. You will also have access to some of the most current dental literature available today. It's all available to you here in Oakland County.

  • MDA X-ray Curriculum and Certification

    You will use the Michigan Dental Association’s (MDA) curriculum to learn the correct skills necessary to pass the MDA’s state dental X-ray certification exam. If you pass the MDA’s exam, you will be legally certified to operate and use dental X-ray equipment in the state of Michigan.

  • Job Placement Assistance

    Although we cannot promise specific job placement, and students alone will do most of the job searching, we do inform students of opportunities that come across our desk. Due to our vast connections and reputation in the profession, as well as our various professional memberships we retain, we oftentimes are privy to multiple job opportunities before they even reach the papers or any other form of advertising. Want to work in Birmingham, MI or another local community? Let us help.

  • Certificate of Completion and Graduation Requirements

    Students must successfully complete a written midterm, final, and X-ray exam. In addition to that, students must also complete 30 hours of hands-on chairside clinical training (student to student) and demonstrate X-ray competence. In recognition of satisfactory fulfillment of the prescribed requirements, students will receive a Careers in Dental Assisting diploma. (Something to certainly be proud of and something that is definitely recognized and respected within the dental community).

  • Letter of Recommendation

    If we determine that a student has honorably fulfilled all the requirements prescribed by the Careers in Dental Assisting program, we will provide you with a letter of recommendation. This letter will relay to those interested in hiring our students an outline of our program as well as something personal that stood out throughout the course of training that we would find prudent to share. However, it is our firm and strict policy that we retain the right to refuse the writing of any such letter should we feel it is not truly warranted (i.e., it is not a guaranteed thing, so work hard!).





    Dr. Newingham received his undergraduate degree from Albion College and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Spear Institute, a world-renowned post-doctoral school for advanced dentistry, and currently serves as a mentor on staff at the school in Arizona. He is also a graduate and mentor at the Kois Center, another prestigious school, located in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Newingham’s passion for education and dentistry not only shine through his resume and traveling schedule, but also with this truly unmatched ten-week educational experience.



    Crescence, affectionately referred to as “Cres,” has been a dental assistant for more than 32 years and has been employed at our office for more than 21 years. Cres has also been an instructor and mentor for 15 years alongside Lynne. She is a certified dental assistant and also the materials and equipment specialist at our office.



    Lynne has 39 years of experience not only as a dental assistant but also as an administrator and secretary at our practice. She also boasts two decades of experience as a clinical director. Lynne has lectured and graduated hundreds of students who have gone on to become not only dental assistants but also hygienists and even doctors. Lynne’s expertise is both unrivaled and widely known throughout the profession. Her reputation for graduating competent students often leads to recruitment requests from doctors throughout the metropolitan area.



The course will run ten (10) consecutive weeks, eight classroom hours per week for a total of eighty (80) classroom hours of instruction. Another 30 hours of “practical training” will be given where you will be working on each other (student to student). Total course time will be approximately 110 hours.

These topics are listed in no particular order. All of the subjects listed below will be covered in some form whether via classroom instruction, video, hands-on clinical experience, or all three combined. Most days will consist of all three types of educational experiences and will generally run for a period of 8 hours with a lunch break. All educational tools, visual aides, textbooks, equipment, and instrumentation will be provided by Careers in Dental Assisting at no additional cost. Individual needs warrant different amounts of time for home study to prepare for course work, but our experience tells us it could range between 30 to 50 hours.

  • The Dental Profession (4hrs)
    • Introduction to Dental Assisting
    • Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting
  • The Sciences (4hrs)
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Dental Anatomy
  • Infection control and Hazardous Materials (16hrs)
    • Disease Transmission
    • Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials
    • Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation
    • Instrument Processing
  • Dental Treatment (8hrs)
    • Clinical Dentistry (four-handed dentistry)
    • Moisture Control (rubber dam)
  • Patient Care (4hrs)
    • The Dental Patient
    • The Dental Examination
    • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
    • Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Dental Radiography (38hrs)
    • MDA curriculum for X-ray certification
    • Radiation Safety and production of X-rays
    • Oral Radiography (digital and traditional)
  • Preventive Dentistry (4hrs)
    • Preventive care (Diagnodent, Spectra, Intra-oral cameras)
    • Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants
  • Restorative Dentistry (12hrs)
    • Instruments, Handpieces, and Accessories
    • Restorative Materials
    • Restorative Procedures
    • Impression Materials and Laboratory Procedures
    • Prosthodontics
  • Specialized Dentistry (16hrs)
    • Periodontics
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Pediatrics
    • Orthodontics
  • Preparation for Employment (4hrs)
    • The Job Search
    • Examination Preparation Practice Exam


Tuition for 10-week course is: $2,695.00
– $200.00 due with application
– Remaining $2,495.00 due before 5th week of course

Tuition fee includes all of the following:
– Textbook: “Essentials of Dental Assisting”, Debbie S. Robinson, Doni L. Bird, 4th edition 2007.
– Use of all educational tools, visual aides, equipment, materials, and instrumentation
– MDA X-ray certification (if you pass the state exam)
– Careers in Dental Assisting diploma (if you pass the course exam)
– Letter of recommendation (if earned)