Becoming a dental assistant can be done in two ways. It can be done through on the job training or through accredited training. Most states require accredited training but some states allow for on the job training. In the article below we will cover what the steps are to become a dental assistant and what the process will entail. Lets not waste anymore time, lets get started!

According to bls.gov the field of dental assisting is growing at 19% which is above the national average. Plus, dental work is a field that does not get smaller due to population growth, so growth is very consistent and sustained.

What does a Dental Assistant do?

Dental assistants are really important to the dental office and to the dentist. There are many tasks that they are responsible for. Below we cover them in detail.

Dental Assisting Job Duties

Dental assistants typically do the following:

Greet and make all patients feel comfortable
Prep all patients for treatments/procedures
Prep work are for procedures/treatments
Sterilize all necessary dental equipment and instruments
Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
Keep mouth of patient dry with suction
Show patients proper oral hygiene
Process any x-rays and lab tasks
Maintain records of dental work
Schedule appointments
Handle Patient billing and payments

It is common for some dental assistants to be able to do some higher level procedures in some states and with extra certifications. These are procedures like fluoride treatments and sealants.

What is the process to become an Dental Assistant?

In some states it is mandatory to take accredited training before employment as a dental assistant. In other states you can learn on the job to be a dental assistant with on the job training by the dentist. Below we will show you the path with accredited training since the on the job training speaks for itself.

STEP 1 – Have or get your H.S. diploma or GED

You cannot even start down the path without step 1 being completed.

STEP 2 – Take accredited Dental Assistant Training Classes

Most states in the nation do actually require all their dental assistants to complete an accredited program and pass a certification exam. You will find that most programs are offered at local community colleges, but they are also offered at vocational/trade or technical schools. Most dental assistant programs are 1 year in length and culminate with a certificate or diploma. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), part of the American Dental Association accredited nearly 300 dental assisting training programs in 2017. Here is a database of Accredited Dental Assistant Schools from the ADA. We have also compiled a list of what we feel are the best options for DA training.

The Best Accredited Dental Assistant Schools

School/WebsiteAddress
Alamance Community College1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, North Carolina 27253-8000
Albany Technical College1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Allan Hancock College800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454-6399
All-State Career School-Allied Health Campus50 W Powhattan Ave, Essington, Pennsylvania 19029
All-State Career-Baltimore2200 Broening Hwy Ste 160, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Altierus Career College Everett906 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste 600, Everett, Washington 98208-3700
Altierus Career College-Arlington300 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011-6630
Altierus Career College-Atlanta West2841 Greenbriar Parkway, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331-2620
Altierus Career College-Austin9100 US Hwy 290 East, Bldg 1-Ste 100, Austin, Texas 78724-2479
Altierus Career College-Bissonnet9700 Bissonnet St-Ste 1400, Houston, Texas 77036-8001
Altierus Career College-Chesapeake825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320-2639
Altierus Career College-Colorado Springs1815 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916-2300
Altierus Career College-Columbus825 Tech Center Dr, Gahanna, Ohio 43230-6653
Altierus Career College-Fort Worth SouthLa Gran Plaza 4200 S FWY Suite 1940, Ft Worth, Texas 76115-1407
Altierus Career College-Houston Hobby7151 Office City Dr, Houston, Texas 77087-2737
Altierus Career College-Norcross1750 Beaver Ruin Rd-Ste 500, Norcross, Georgia 30093-2813
Altierus Career College-Tacoma2156 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402-3004
Altierus Career College-Thornton9065 Grant St, Thornton, Colorado 80229-4339
Altierus Career College-Woodbridge14555 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192-6808
Altierus Career Education-South Plainfield5000 Hadley Road, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080-1125
Altierus Career Education-Southfield21107 Lahser Road, Southfield, Michigan 48033-4400
Amarillo College2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79109
American Career College-Anaheim1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, California 92801-0000
American Career College-Long Beach236 East 3rd Street, Long Beach, California 90802-3174
American Career College-Los Angeles4021 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
American Career College-Ontario3130 East Sedona Court, Ontario, California 91764
American College for Medical Careers5959 Lake Ellenor Lake, Orlando, Florida 32809
American College of Healthcare and Technology11801 Pierce St., Suite 100, Riverside, California 92505
American Institute-Clifton346 LEXINGTON AVE, CLIFTON, New Jersey 07011
American Institute-Somerset80 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, New Jersey 08873-1100
American Institute-Toms River2363 Lakewood Rd, Toms River, New Jersey 08755
American Institute-West Hartford99 South Street, West Hartford, Connecticut 06110-1922
Antonelli College-Cincinnati124 E Seventh St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Antonelli College-Hattiesburg1500 N 31st Ave, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401
Antonelli College-Jackson2323 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Mississippi 39232
Arkansas Northeastern College2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center1783 State Route 60, Ashland, Ohio 44805-9377
ATA Career Education7351 Spring Hill Drive, Suite 11, Spring Hill, Florida 34606
ATA College10200 Linn Station Rd Ste 125, Louisville, Kentucky 40223
Athens Technical College800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Atlantic Technical College4700 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida 33063-3902
Augusta Technical College3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
Autry Technology Center1201 W Willow, Enid, Oklahoma 73703-2506
Baker College1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program1501 Bon View Avenue, Ontario, California 91764-5500
Bates Technical College1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Blake Austin College611 Orange Dr Ste K, Vacaville, California 95687
Blue Cliff College-Metairie3200 Cleary Ave, Metairie, Louisiana 70002-5714
Blue Mountain Community College2411 NW Carden Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Brightwood Career Institute-Broomall1991 Sproul Road, Suite 42, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008
Brightwood Career Institute-Philadelphia3010 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Brightwood College-Arlington2241 South Watson Road, Suite 181, Arlington, Texas 76010
Brightwood College-Bakersfield1914 Wible Road, Bakersfield, California 93304
Brightwood College-Beaumont6115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77706
Brightwood College-Corpus Christi1620 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78416
Brightwood College-Dallas12005 Ford Road, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75234
Brightwood College-Dayton2800 East River Road, Dayton, Ohio 45439
Brightwood College-El Paso8360 Burnham Road, Suite 100, El Paso, Texas 79907
Brightwood College-Fort Worth2001 Beach Street, Suite 201, Fort Worth, Texas 76103-2310
Brightwood College-Fresno44 Shaw Avenue, Rodeo Plaza Shopping Center, Clovis, California 93612
Brightwood College-Friendswood3208 Farm to Market 528, Friendswood, Texas 77546
Brightwood College-Hammond7833 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, Indiana 46324
Brightwood College-Houston711 East Airtex Drive, Houston, Texas 77073
Brightwood College-Indianapolis4200 S East Street, Suite 7, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Brightwood College-McAllen1500 South Jackson Road, McAllen, Texas 78503-1625
Brightwood College-Modesto5172 Kiernan Court, Salida, California 95368
Brightwood College-Nashville750 Envious Lane, Nashville, Tennessee 37217-5318
Brightwood College-Palm Springs2475 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262-7011
Brightwood College-Riverside4040 Vine Street, Riverside, California 92507-0000
Brightwood College-Sacramento4330 Watt Ave., Suite 400, Sacramento, California 95821
Brightwood College-San Antonio-San Pedro7142 San Pedro Avenue, Suite 100, San Antonio, Texas 78216-1899
Brightwood College-San Diego9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 92123
Brightwood College-Vista2022 University Dr, Vista, California 92083-7736
Brookline College-Phoenix2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Brookline College-Tempe1140-1150 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Broward College111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
California Healing Arts College500 East Carson Plaza Drive, Suite 103, Carson, California 90746-7323
Camden County College200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Career Training Academy-Lower Burrell179 Hillcrest Shopping Center, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania 15068
Carrington College-Albuquerque1001 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107-1642
Carrington College-Boise1122 N. Liberty St., Boise, Idaho 83704-8742
Carrington College-Citrus Heights7301 Greenback Ln., Ste. A, Citrus Heights, California 95621
Carrington College-Las Vegas5740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 140, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Carrington College-Mesa1001 W. Southern Ave., Ste. 130, Mesa, Arizona 85210
Carrington College-Phoenix North8503 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063
Carrington College-Pleasant Hill380 Civic Dr., Ste. 300, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Carrington College-Pomona901 Corporate Center Dr., Ste. 300, Pomona, California 91768-2642
Carrington College-Portland2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Fl., Portland, Oregon 97232-1309
Carrington College-Sacramento8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California 95826
Carrington College-San Jose5883 Rue Ferrari, Ste. 125, San Jose, California 95138
Carrington College-San Leandro15555 East 14th St., Ste. 500, San Leandro, California 94578-1977
Carrington College-Spokane10102 E. Knox Ave., Ste. 200, Spokane, Washington 99206-4187
Carrington College-Stockton1313 West Robinhood Drive, Ste. B, Stockton, California 95207
Carrington College-Tucson201 N. Bonita Ave., Ste. 101, Tucson, Arizona 85745
Central Carolina Community College1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, North Carolina 27330-9840
Central Community College3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
Central Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central Piedmont Community College1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Centura College-Norfolk7020 North Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia 23518-4833
Centura College-Richmond Main7914 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235-5250
Century College3300 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Cerritos College11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, California 90650-6298
Chaffey College5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002
Charter College17200 S.E. Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 100, Vancouver, Washington 98683-7575
Chattahoochee Technical College980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Chattanooga State Community College4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406-1097
Chemeketa Community College4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, Oregon 97305
City College of San Francisco50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, California 94112-1898
Clark College1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
College of Alameda555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pky, Alameda, California 94501
College of Central Florida3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, Florida 34474
College of San Mateo1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, California 94402-3784
College of Southern Nevada6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
College of the Redwoods7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, California 95501-9300
Columbus Technical College928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Community Care College4242 South Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
Community College of Rhode Island400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Concorde Career College-Aurora111 N. Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010-4314
Concorde Career College-Dallas12606 Greenville Ave Ste 130, Dallas, Texas 75243
Concorde Career College-Garden Grove12951 Euclid Street, Suite 101, Garden Grove, California 92840-9201
Concorde Career College-Grand Prairie305 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052-3831
Concorde Career College-Kansas City3239 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2407
Concorde Career College-Memphis5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
Concorde Career College-North Hollywood12412 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91606-3134
Concorde Career College-Portland1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300, Portland, Oregon 97232-4203
Concorde Career College-San Antonio4803 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Concorde Career College-San Bernardino201 East Airport Drive, Suite A, San Bernardino, California 92408-3403
Concorde Career College-San Diego4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92113-1964
Concorde Career College-Southaven7900 Airways Blvd, Ste 103, Southaven, Mississippi 38671
Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville7259 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32256-6905
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar10933 Marks Way, Miramar, Florida 33025
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando3444 McCrory Place, Orlando, Florida 32803
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa4202 W Spruce, Tampa, Florida 33607-4127
Contra Costa College2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, California 94806-3195
Cuyahoga Community College District700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, Ohio 44141-1296
Cypress College9200 Valley View, Cypress, California 90630-5897
Dakota County Technical College1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999
Danville Community College1008 S Main St, Danville, Virginia 24541-4004
Davis Technical College550 E 300 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037-2699
Daymar College-Clarksville2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Daymar College-Murfreesboro415 Golden Bear Court, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128
Daytona State College1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
Delta College Inc19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433-8947
Delta College of Arts & Technology7380 Exchange Place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806-1529
Delta College of Arts & Technology-Lafayette Campus200 Republic Ave., Suite F, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
Delta College-Slidell Campus105 Gause Blvd., West, Slidell, Louisiana 70460-2624
Delta Technical College6550 D Interstate Blvd., Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637
Des Moines Area Community College2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
Diablo Valley College321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Downey Adult School12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, California 90241
Eagle Gate College-Layton915 N 400 W, Layton, Utah 84041
Eagle Gate College-Murray5588 South Green Street, Murray, Utah 84123-6965
Eastern Iowa Community College District101 W Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus52 University Blvd, Roswell, New Mexico 88202-6000
ECPI University5555 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
El Paso Community College9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79925
Emily Griffith Technical College1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203
Erie Community College121 Ellicott St, Buffalo, New York 14203-2698
Essex County College303 University Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Fayetteville Technical Community College2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303-0236
First Institute of Travel, Inc.790 McHenry Avenue, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
Flint Hills Technical College3301 W 18th St, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5957
Florence-Darlington Technical College2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501-0548
Florida Career College7891 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024-6916
Florida Career College-Orlando989 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32807-3528
Florida Career College-UEI College-Phoenix9215 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2718
Florida National University-Main Campus4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, Florida 33012
Florida SouthWestern State College8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Florida State College at Jacksonville501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Foothill College12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022
Forsyth Technical Community College2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103-5197
Fortis College7033 Airport Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36608
Fortis College-Centerville555 E Alex Bell Rd, Centerville, Ohio 45459-2712
Fortis College-Cincinnati11499 Chester Road Ste 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Fortis College-Columbia246 Stoneridge Dr Ste 101, Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Fortis College-Cuyahoga Falls2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Fortis College-Montgomery3736 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, Alabama 36109
Fortis College-Orange Park700 Blanding Blvd. Suite 16, Orange Park, Florida 32065
Fortis College-Phoenix555 N 18 St Ste 201, Phoenix, Arizona 85006
Fortis College-Richmond2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Fortis College-Salt Lake City3949 S 700 E Ste 150, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
Fortis College-Smyrna2140 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Georgia 30080-1348
Fortis Institute-Birmingham100 London Pkwy Ste 150, Birmingham, Alabama 35211
Fortis Institute-Pensacola4081 E Olive Rd Ste B, Pensacola, Florida 32514
Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie9022 South US Highway 1, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952
Fortis Institute-Scranton517 Ash Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-2903
Fortis Institute-Towson700 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204-9840
Fox Valley Technical College1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912-2277
Frederick Community College7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21702-2964
Front Range Community College3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031
Galaxy Medical College6400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 115, North Hollywood, California 91606-1593
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Germanna Community College2130 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508-2102
Great Falls College Montana State University2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Great Lakes Institute of Technology5100 Peach Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16509-2482
Greenville Technical College506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606
Guilford Technical Community College601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
Gulf Coast State College5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts2121 S El Camino Real Bldg C 200, San Mateo, California 94403
Gwinnett Technical College5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-5702
Hagerstown Community College11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6514
Harcum College750 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-3470
Harris School of Business-Upper Darby Campus20 South 69th St., Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082
Harris School of Business-Voorhees Campus401 White Horse Rd., Voorhees, New Jersey 08043
Harris School of Business-Wilmington Campus1413 Foulk Road, Suite 100, Wilmington, Delaware 19803
Harrisburg Area Community College1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999
Harrison College-Indianapolis550 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
Hawkeye Community College1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701
Herzing University-Akron1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44306-3931
Herzing University-Minneapolis435 Ford Road, Suite 1000, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
High Desert Medical College701 West Avenue K, Suite 123, Lancaster, California 93534-1134
Hillsborough Community College39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33606-3584
Houston Community College3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Hudson Valley Community College80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, New York 12180
Imperial Valley College380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, California 92251-0158
Indian River State College3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
Indiana University-Northwest3400 Broadway, Gary, Indiana 46408-1197
Institute of Professional Careers4448 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Intellitec College-Grand Junction772 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
InterCoast Colleges-Riverside1989 Atlanta Ave, Riverside, California 92507
Iowa Western Community College2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
Ivy Tech Community College50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia 23228-2327
John C Calhoun State Community College6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, Alabama 35671
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Labette Community College200 S 14th, Parsons, Kansas 67357-4201
Lake Area Technical Institute1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
Lake Michigan College2755 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022-1899
Lake Washington Institute of Technology11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
Lakeshore Technical College1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
Lamar State College-Orange410 Front St, Orange, Texas 77630
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center1730 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, Pennsylvania 17584
Lanier Technical College2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30507
Lawson State Community College3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717
Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton365 Westgate Drive, Brockton, Massachusetts 02301-1818
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lowell211 Plain St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Lincoln Technical Institute-Somerville5 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District15181 St Rte 58 S, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Luzerne County Community College1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
Madison Adult Career Center600 Esley Ln, Mansfield, Ohio 44905
Madison Area Technical College1701 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
Manatee Technical College6305 State Rd 70 East, Bradenton, Florida 34203
Manchester Community CollegeGreat Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Mandl School-The College of Allied Health254 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019-5516
Manor College700 Fox Chase Rd, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046-3399
Martin Community College1161 Kehukee Pk Rd, Williamston, North Carolina 27892-9988
Massasoit Community CollegeOne Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
Medical Training College10525 Plaza Americana Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-5820
MedQuest College10400 Linn Station Road, Suite 120, Louisville, Kentucky 40223-1882
Mercer County Technical Education Center1397 Stafford Dr, Princeton, West Virginia 24740
Meridian College7020 Professional Pkwy E, Sarasota, Florida 34240
Meridian Community College910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, Mississippi 39307-5801
Metropolitan Community College Area30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Columbus150 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Middlesex Community CollegeSprings Rd, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-9124
Midlands Technical College1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Mid-Plains Community College1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101
Midwest Institute2 Soccer Park Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
Midwest Technical Institute-East Peoria280 High Point Ln, East Peoria, Illinois 61611
Midwest Technical Institute-Moline3620 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois 61265-4421
Midwest Technical Institute-Ridgeland113 Market Ridge Drive, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157-6027
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield3600 South Glenstone Outer Rd, Springfield, Missouri 65804-4414
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield2731 Farmers Market Road, Springfield, Illinois 62707
Milan Institute-Amarillo7001 I-40 West, Amarillo, Texas 79106
Milan Institute-Boise9050 W. Overland Rd. Suite 200, Boise, Idaho 83709
Milan Institute-Las Vegas710 South Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4031
Milan Institute-Merced780 Loughborough Drive, Merced, California 95340-2626
Milan Institute-Palm Desert75-030 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 203, Palm Desert, California 92211
Milan Institute-Sparks950 Industrial Way, Sparks, Nevada 89431
Milan Institute-Visalia6500 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, California 93277
Miller-Motte College-Greenville1021 WH Smith Blvd Ste 102, Greenville, North Carolina 27834
Milwaukee Area Technical College700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Milwaukee Career College3077 N Mayfair Rd Ste 300, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Montgomery College51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Moreno Valley College16130 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley, California 92551
Mount Wachusett Community College444 Green St, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
Mountainland Technical College2301 West Ashton Blvd., Lehi, Utah 84043
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeOne Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
National American University-Westwood Teach-Out Site350 Blackhawk Street, Aurora, Colorado 80011-8754
National University CollegeCarr. #2 Edificio National College Plaza, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
NHTI-Concord's Community College31 College Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-7412
Nicolet Area Technical College5364 College Drive, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-0518
North Central State College2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
Northcentral Technical College1000 Campus Dr, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1899
Northeast Iowa Community College1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
Northeast State Community College2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, Tennessee 37617-0246
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
Northern Essex Community College100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830-2399
Northern Virginia Community College4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
NorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeOne College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091
Northwest Career College7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Ste 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Northwest Florida State College100 College Boulevard, Niceville, Florida 32578-1295
Northwest Suburban College5999 S. New Wilke Road, Rollng Meadows, Illinois 60008-4504
O C Collins Career Center11627 State Rte 243, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619-0000
Ogden-Weber Technical College200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84404-4089
Ogeechee Technical CollegeOne Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Opportunities Industrialization Center120 Jackson St, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
Orange Coast College2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Oxnard College4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, California 93033-6699
Ozarks Technical Community College1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
Palm Beach State College4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
Pasadena City College1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91106-2003
Pasco-Hernando State College10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
PCI Health Training Center8101 John Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, Texas 75247-4720
Pearl River Community College101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
Phoenix College1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Pickens Technical College500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307
Pikes Peak Community College5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
Pima Community College4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Pinnacle Career Institute-Lawrence1601 W 23rd Street, Suite 200, Lawrence, Kansas 66046-2703
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City10301 Hickman Mills Dr., Kansas City, Missouri 64137-1659
Pittsburgh Career Institute421 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-1907
Platt College-Berks Technical Institute2205 Ridgewood Rd, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610-1168
Platt College-Central OKC309 S Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128-1112
Platt College-Lawton111 S.W. C Ave., Lawton, Oklahoma 73501
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Chattanooga6397 Lee Highway, Suite 100, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Columbus1800 Box Rd, Columbus, Georgia 31907
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-6072
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Wilmington5000 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
Platt College-STVT-Corpus Christi2000 South Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, Texas 78416
Platt College-STVT-McAllen2400 Daffodil Ave., McAllen, Texas 78501
Ponce Paramedical College Inc1213 Acacia Street Villa Flores Urb, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-2901
Porter and Chester Institute of Branford221 W Main St, Branford, Connecticut 06405
Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford670 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, Connecticut 06615-7158
Portland Community College12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
Prince George's Community College301 Largo Rd, Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
Provo College1450 W 820 N, Provo, Utah 84601
Pueblo Community College900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Purdue University Fort Wayne2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805-1499
Purdue University Global-Omaha5425 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134-1002
Quinsigamond Community College670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
Raritan Valley Community College118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
Reedley College995 N Reed Ave, Reedley, California 93654
Remington College-Cleveland Campus14445 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44125-1957
Remington College-Fort Worth Campus300 E. Loop 820, Fort Worth, Texas 76112-1225
Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus20985 Interstate 45 South, Webster, Texas 77598
Remington College-Nashville Campus441 Donelson Pk Ste 150, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Remington College-North Houston Campus11310 Greens Crossing Blvd, Ste 300, Houston, Texas 77067
Renton Technical College3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
Rio Salado College2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Rogue Community College3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, Oregon 97527-9291
Rose State College6420 S E 15th, Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110-2799
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, South, Salisbury, North Carolina 28146
Rutgers University-New Brunswick83 Somerset St, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1281
Saint Louis Community College3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044
San Antonio College1819 N. Main Ave.,, San Antonio, Texas 78212-3941
San Diego Mesa College7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, California 92111-4998
San Jacinto Community College8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia8344 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, California 93291-9283
Santa Fe College3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6210
Santa Fe Community College6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-4887
Santa Rosa Junior College1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
Savannah Technical College5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5594
Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
Seacoast Career School-Manchester Campus670 North Commercial St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
South Puget Sound Community College2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, Washington 98512-6292
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Brownsville2144 Central Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Weslaco2419 E. Hagger Ave., Weslaco, Texas 78599
Southern Crescent Technical College501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809-9778
Spartanburg Community College107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Spokane Community College1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
Springfield Technical Community College1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-1296
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 44720
Stone Academy-Waterbury101 Pierpont Road, Waterbury, Connecticut 06705
Stone Academy-West Haven560 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, Connecticut 06516
Tallahassee Community College444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro1303 Old Fort Pky, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129-3311
The College of Health Care Professions-Austin6330 E. Highway 290 Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78723
The College of Health Care Professions-Dallas8585 N. STEMMONS FREEWAY, SUITE 300, NORTH TOWER, Dallas, Texas 75247
The College of Health Care Professions-McAllen Campus1917 W. Nolana Ave Suite 100, McAllen, Texas 78504-4398
The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest240 Northwest Mall, Houston, Texas 77092
The College of Health Care Professions-San Antonio4738 N. W. Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
The College of Health Care Professions-Southwest Houston7322 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY SUITE 100, Houston, Texas 77074
Trident Technical College7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
Tulsa Technology Center3420 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
UEI College-Bakersfield3737 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, California 93308-0000
UEI College-Fresno3602 N. Blackstone, Suite 0268, Fresno, California 93726
UEI College-Gardena661 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Gardena, California 90247
UEI College-Riverside1860 University Avenue, Riverside, California 92507-5344
Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater1255 Cleveland St, Clearwater, Florida 33755-4933
Umpqua Community College1140 Umpqua College Rd., Roseburg, Oregon 97470-0226
Union County College1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016-1528
Unitech Training Academy-Alexandria7228 England Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Unitech Training Academy-Houma6007 West Park Avenue, Houma, Louisiana 70364
Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette3253 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
Unitech Training Academy-Metairie6660 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Metairie, Louisiana 70003-0000
Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe111 Crosley Street, Suite 4, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
United Education Institute-Anaheim401 Carl Karcher Way, Anaheim, California 92801-2409
United Education Institute-Chula Vista310 Third Avenue, Suite C6/C7, Chula Vista, California 91910-3953
United Education Institute-Encino5445 Balboa Boulevard, Encino, California 91316-1951
United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus6055 Pacific Boulevard, Huntington Park, California 90255
United Education Institute-Morrow1564 Southlake Parkway, Morrow, Georgia 30260-2941
United Education Institute-Ontario4730 Ontario Mills Parkway, Ontario, California 91764-5574
United Education Institute-UEI College San Marcos2085 Montiel Road, San Marcos, California 92069-3587
United Education Institute-UEI College Stockton4994 Claremont Avenue, Stockton, California 95207-0000
United Education Institute-West Covina339 N. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, California 91731-2806
Universidad del EsteCarr. # 190 Esq. Calle 220 Bo. Sabana Abajo, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985-0985
Universidad Metropolitana1399 Ave. Ana G. Méndez, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926-2602
University of Alaska Fairbanks1731 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-3347
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 87557
Vatterott College-Des Moines7000 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Vatterott College-Dividend2655 Dividend Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38132
Vatterott College-Fairview Heights110 Commerce Lane, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208
Vatterott College-Kansas City4131 N. Corrington Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64117
Vatterott College-Springfield3850 South Campbell, Springfield, Missouri 65807
Virginia College-Lubbock5005 50th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79414
Virginia Highlands Community College100 VHCC Drive, Abingdon, Virginia 24212-0828
Vista College6101 Montana Ave, El Paso, Texas 79925-2021
Volunteer State Community College1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066-3188
Wake Technical Community College9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
Washtenaw Community College4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Wayne Community College3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
Wayne County Schools Career Center518 W Prospect St, Smithville, Ohio 44677
West Los Angeles College9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California 90230-3519
Western Iowa Tech Community College4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
Western Technical College400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Westmoreland County Community College145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, Pennsylvania 15697-1895
Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology4004 N Webb Rd. Bldg 100, Wichita, Kansas 67226
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871-8727
Wytheville Community College1000 E Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382-3308
Yakima Valley CollegeSouth 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
York Technical College452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
YTI Career Institute-Altoona2900 Fairway Dr, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
YTI Career Institute-York1405 Williams Road, York, Pennsylvania 17402

About Online Dental Assisting classes

Online education is available in the dental assistant field. Be sure to check with your school to see what their availability is for online dental assistant training. Most schools and programs allow general education courses online at the minimum.

Step 3 – Complete the program

Successful completion of your accredited training is critical to advancing to the next step in the process to becoming a dental assistant.

Step 4 – Get your Dental Assisting Certification

At the end of your program there is a certification exam. Passing this test gets you right on the doorstep of success! You are as close as you can be to your goal once you do this!

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Dental Assisting Information by State

About Dental Asst. salary

With tremendous expected growth in the field as a whole, becoming a dental assistant seems smart. But with above average pay it is an even better idea!

What is the average salary for a Dental Assistant?

According to the latest government statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the median salary is $37,630 per year and $18.09 per hour. Both are above average for allied health positions.

Dental Assistant Salary by State

Area NameHourly Avg. WageAnnual Avg Salary
Alabama16.1033490
Alaska22.0745900
Arizona19.0339580
Arkansas16.2833860
California19.2039930
Colorado18.5938660
Connecticut21.0643800
Delaware19.7641090
Florida18.2337920
Georgia17.7836980
Hawaii17.9337290
Idaho16.6434620
Illinois18.7639030
Indiana18.7839070
Iowa19.1839900
Kansas17.1235610
Kentucky16.7834900
Louisiana14.2629660
Maine19.7140990
Maryland20.1041820
Massachusetts21.5244770
Michigan17.5436480
Minnesota23.4548770
Mississippi16.0433360
Missouri17.7436900
Montana17.8137050
Nebraska16.9835310
Nevada17.6236650
New Hampshire22.6847170
New Jersey20.4042440
New Mexico16.7734880
New York17.8737170
North Carolina19.7741130
North Dakota21.9345600
Ohio18.4438360
Oklahoma16.9135180
Oregon20.4242470
Pennsylvania18.2137870
Rhode Island19.9541490
South Carolina18.3238110
South Dakota18.4638410
Tennessee17.3536090
Texas17.2735920
Utah14.5530270
Vermont21.1043900
Virginia16.8335010
Washington20.6042850
West Virginia20.4542540
Wisconsin14.3629860
Wyoming18.4938450

Source: www.bls.gov

What is the job outlook for Dental Assistants?

There were 332,000 jobs in 2016 for dental assistants and most of those jobs are in dental offices, As you can see from the table below.

Dentists Office 91%
Government Office 2%
Physicians Office 2%

As we wrote about above, the current job outlook is great at a 19% growth over the next decade!! Becoming a dental assistant is an outstanding choice for a medical field career.