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GRCC has two programs in our Dental Department: Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene.

Students in the 10-month Dental Assisting program learn through a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical educational experiences. With our small class sizes, students get individualized instruction in our state-of-the-art dental clinic and materials lab. Students enjoy many opportunities for hands-on learning, simulating and practicing a multitude of dental procedures. To refine these skills, each dental assisting student is assigned to an off-campus dental office for clinical practice. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board CDA exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant and the State of Michigan RDA exam to become a registered/licensed dental assistant.

The GRCC Dental Hygiene Program is a minimum 3-year program. The first year consists of pre-dental hygiene courses. Four of these are pre-requisites that are required to enter  the second year, when the actual dental hygiene courses begin.  At completion of the DH program, the student is qualified to sit for the Dental Hygiene National Board examination and the regional licensing exam for the State of Michigan (NERB). Upon passing both of these exams, the Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) can practice anywhere in Michigan. RDH licensure can be obtained in other states by fulfilling the requirements of the respective state boards of dentistry. Both RDAs and RDHs are in very high demand locally and statewide. Employment options in both career areas offer excellent wages, benefits and working conditions.