MCC fast tracks vets into dental assisting careers

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) has made it easier for military veterans to transition from military to civilian life by helping them translate their military training into a civilian career pathway in Dental Assisting.

The College developed a Dental Assistant Military Bridge Program to enable former military personnel who were trained as a Dental Assistant Apprentice (USAF), Dental Specialist (Army) or Dental Assistant (Navy) to directly transfer military credits to MCC’s Dental Assistant program. This is currently the only METC bridge program for a Dental Assistant Certificate in the US.

Interested veterans can contact Dr. Denise Polk at denise.polk@mcc.edu or call 810- 762-0493 for more information on how to get started.

The MCC Bridge Program allows veterans to complete the MCC Dental Assistant program in less time and transition into a civilian career more quickly. To see the complete Bridge Program degree pathway, visit www.mcc.edu/ da-military-bridge.

To be able to offer the Military Bridge Program, MCC had to submit the proposal the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for review. After reviewing the bridge program, CODA granted the MCC Dental Assisting program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements,” allowing the College to offer former military personnel the bridge credits with no changes to program accreditation. — G.G.