Educational agreement to increase ranks of dental assistants in Native areas

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.-Northwestern Michigan College and Bay Mills Community College have partnered in an effort to increase the number of dental assistants serving northern Michigan, and Native American patients in particular.

In February, NMC and Bay Mills, a tribally-controlled Upper Peninsula community college in Brimley, Mich., signed an agreement that will allow Bay Mills' students to transfer to NMC's dental assistant program after their first year. NMC's yearlong dental assistant curriculum allows them to sit for the state exam to become a registered dental assistant (RDA).

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