Michigan Dental Assistants Association
P. O. Box 118
Lennon, MI 48449
2017-18 MDAA Legislative Chairperson is
Laura Gehrman R.D.A.,CHES, BS
You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved program to take the Registered Dental Assistant "R.D.A." Exam in Michigan. If you do not have a R.D.A. license in Michigan, you CAN NOT perform R.D.A. functions.
You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation approved (or substantially similar) class to expose X-rays in Michigan. It is the LAW!
You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation approved class to monitor Nitrous in MI. IT IS THE LAW! If you don't take the class, you CAN NOT monitor Nitrous!
Fingerprint and Background Checks
Public Act 26 of 2006 states that all individuals applying for a health professional license in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. There are some proposed changes to the act.
Additional information may be found at www.michigan.gov/healthlicense.
Changes to the Fingerprinting Process for Health Licensees
Effective 6/3/2015, please be advised that if a licensee has had a criminal background check (CBC) and fingerprints pursuant to MCL 333.16174(3), the licensee will not need to be fingerprinted again for another health profession license that is regulated by the Bureau of Professional Licensing. This will include temporary and limited licensees unless the limited license is a result of a disciplinary action.
Link to Search House Bills
R.D.A. Registered Dental Assistant is a person who has graduated or received a certificate of completion from a Dental Assisting program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The person must pass a written and clinical examination given by the State of Michigan. The Registered Dental Assistant is licensed to legally perform basic supportive procedures and expanded functions according to the State of Michigan Board of Dentistry Administrative Rules and the Public Health Code Act.
CDA Certified Dental Assistant is the credential of a person who has passed an examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. The credential is NOT currently recognized in the State of Michigan Board of Dentistry Administrative Rules in regards to functions. This person may or may not have formal education or training and may perform basic supportive procedures.
CDA, On the Job Trained (OJT) and Dental Assistant (DA) are NON-LICENSED persons who may perform basic supportive procedures. They may or may not have formal education or training and my be delegate only the procedures stated in the Board of Dentistry Administrative Rules