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Below we are going to show all the options for dental assistant schools in Illinois, how to go about getting certified, what the salary outlook is in Illinois and more. The time for entrance in to the healthcare field in Illinois has never been better and we are very excited about it and so should you!

Options for Dental Assistant Schools in Illinois

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What is the process to become a dental assistant in Illinois?

The governing body in charge of regulation and certification for dental professionals and assistants and dental assistant schools in Illinois is the Illinois Board of Dentistry. A dental assistant at the entry level, as long as they are supervised by a licensed dentist can perform basic functions and chair-side procedures without certification and regulation per the state of Illinois Dental Practice Act.

Becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant in Illinois will require more training and work. Lets take look at what it will take.

1 – Be at least 18 years old
2 – Show adequate level of expertise and clinical experience
3 – Take and successfully complete approved training that is specific to any expanded function you are looking to perform on the job, or you can go about completing an approved dental assisting program that must include the expanded function you are looking to preform on the job in the training curriculum. All functions must be done under supervision of the licensed dentist too.

There are expanded functions that require more training and time than others in Illinois. Coronal polishing, place pit and fissure sealants, monitoring patients under sedation and monitoring patients under nitrous oxide have other requirements and we list them below.
1 – Be 18 years old
2 – Have a valid and current DANB CDA certification or candidates must have at least two years clinical experience or have over 4,000 hours of clinical experience
3 – Pass a pre-examination on basic dental procedures and the dentistry funamentals
4 – Take and complete a 40-hour training at an institution that holds a current CODA accreditation

CODA Approved Illinois Dental Assisting Programs

John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road Carterville 62918
(618) 985-3741 x8639

Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road Centralia 62801

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive Elgin 60123

Lewis & Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road Godfrey 62035

Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue Oglesby 61348
815-224-0359 x359

Dental Assistant Salary and Jobs Outlook in Illinois

There is over a 10% growth in new dental assisting jobs across Illinois and we are really pumped up about that fact! See the pay outlook for Illinois below too.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Springfield, ILHourly$14.39$20.05$26.68
Peoria, ILHourly$14.62$18.86$34.56
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$11.87$18.65$24.25
Champaign-Urbana, ILHourly$13.46$18.10$27.10
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan DivisionHourly$12.49$18.10$24.02
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-ILHourly$13.53$17.58$23.48
Rockford, ILHourly$12.84$17.46$23.01
Decatur, ILHourly$13.33$17.11$21.63
West Central IllinoisHourly$11.12$16.86$21.40
South IllinoisHourly$11.97$16.72$25.27
St. Louis, MO-ILHourly$12.27$16.41$23.50
Northwest IllinoisHourly$11.73$16.10$19.72
East Central IllinoisHourly$12.45$15.80$23.19
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-ILHourly$10.65$14.70$19.48
Kankakee-Bradley, ILHourly$10.73$14.46$32.61

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