Dental Assistant Programs in Michigan

How to become a Dental Assistant in Michigan

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Michigan given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.

In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in Michigan below.


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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Michigan.

Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.

Top Dental Assistant Schools in Michigan

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MichiganWashtenaw Community CollegeAnn ArborCODA
MichiganLake Michigan CollegeBenton HarborCODA
MichiganBaker CollegeClinton TownshipCODAhttp://www.baker.edu
MichiganWayne County Community College DistrictDetroitCODAhttp://www.wcccd.edu/academic/pdfs/Dental%20Hygiene.pdf
MichiganMott Community CollegeFlintCODAhttp://catalog.mcc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3&poid=304
MichiganGrand Rapids Community CollegeGrand RapidsCODAhttp://www.grcc.edu/dentalprograms/dentalhygiene
MichiganNorthwestern Michigan CollegeTraverse CityCODA
MichiganDelta CollegeUniversity CenterCODAhttp://www.delta.edu

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Michigan. For more entry level and post secondary Dental Assisting options you can also view all DANB accredited programs.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.

You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in Michigan and surrounding states on the map below.

Still haven’t found what you are looking for? You might also be interested in exploring dental hygiene programs in Michigan.

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Michigan Dental Assistant License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Michigan law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Michigan Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental assistants in Michigan. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (517) 373-1820
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense

Dental Assistant Salary in Michigan

StateMichigan
Average Salary$36,480
Hourly Wage$17.54
Top 10% of Earners$49,080
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,600
#'s Employed9,550

The average Dental Assistant salary in Michigan is $36,480 –  3.1% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.54.

There are currently 9,550 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Michigan;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MIBay City, MI$38,490$18.5070
MIKalamazoo-Portage, MI$41,540$19.97300
MIGrand Rapids-Wyoming, MI$41,990$20.19920
MIMidland, MI$39,970$19.22110
MILansing-East Lansing, MI$38,850$18.68410
MINorthwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area$37,550$18.06380
MINiles-Benton Harbor, MI$35,730$17.18100
MINortheast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area$35,510$17.07170
MIBattle Creek, MI$37,800$18.17120
MIAnn Arbor, MI$37,480$18.02510
MIJackson, MI$37,810$18.18130
MIMuskegon, MI$36,820$17.70160
MIMonroe, MI$37,910$18.2390
MIBalance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area$35,210$16.93540
MIWarren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI$35,220$16.933,270
MIUpper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area$37,200$17.89280
MIFlint, MI$34,660$16.66510
MIDetroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI$34,980$16.824,530
MISaginaw, MI$32,120$15.44230
MIDetroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI$34,360$16.521,260

*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Michigan

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Michigan;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants9,160$34,900
Physician Assistants4,220$93,620
Respiratory Therapists3,940$53,660
Dental Hygienists9,870$61,230
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers2,460$59,810
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics6,500$31,480
Pharmacy Technicians10,870$30,020
Surgical Technologists3,390$42,660
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2,900$31,300
Home Health Aides32,100$22,210
Nursing Assistants49,780$27,990
Occupational Therapy Assistants1,090$48,530
Physical Therapist Assistants4,020$46,890
Massage Therapists2,130$45,140
Medical Assistants22,790$29,900
Medical Transcriptionists2,090$31,760
Phlebotomists2,480$29,970