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In Massachusetts, there is a great feeling of excitement for healthcare jobs across the state and those looking at getting in to accredited dental assistant programs in Massachusetts should be really excited! The overall healthiness of the allied health profession speaks volumes of the future aspects of the career. Below, we cover all the details for getting certified as a dental assistant in MA for you.

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How to become a dental assistant in Massachusetts

The oversight for dental professions in Massachusetts is done by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry. Registration with the board is mandated for al dental assistants in Massachusetts. There are four types of dental assistant in Massachusetts and we get in to the details on how you can go about earning each title below.

(OJT) On-the-Job Trained Dental Assistants – The entry level on the job trained dental assistant is just as the name suggests, trained on the job by the licensed dentist. Duties are limited in scope to support tasks and chairside assistance.

(FTDA) Formally Trained Dental Assistants – A (FTDA) formally trained dental assistant has to take and complete a CODA accredited dental assistant training program that is at least 1 year long, is recognized by (NEASC) New England Association of Schools and Colleges or that the respective dental assisting program meets the standards laid out by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

(CDA) Certified Dental Assistants – If you are CODA certified in Massachusetts you have are certified to do same duties on the job as the FTDA.

Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDA) – The three requirements for becoming an EFDA in Massachusetts are below:

1 – Enroll in to and complete a CODA approved dental assistant program
2 – Have a Current DANB certification
3 – Take and complete CODA accredited expanded functions courses and training.

CODA Approved Dental Assisting Courses in Massachusetts

Massasoit Community College
900 Randolph Street Canton 02021
508-588-9100 x 2754

Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street Gardner 01440

Northern Essex Community College
45 Franklin Street Lawrence 01841

Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square Lowell 01852

Charles H McCann Technical School
70 Hodges Cross Road North Adams 01247
413-663-5383 x183

Southeastern Technical Institute
250 Foundry Street South Easton 02375

Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square Springfield 01105
(413) 755-4861

Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street Worcester 01606

Dental Assistant Salary and Jobs Outlook in Massachusetts

Aspiring candidates for dental assistant jobs in Massachusetts will be happy to hear about the 6% growth throughout the state and they can see what the salary outlook is below.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NHHourly$16.40$24.96$30.14
Nashua, NH-MAHourly$15.28$23.46$30.02
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MAHourly$13.87$22.12$29.40
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MAHourly$16.64$21.82$28.23
Worcester, MA-CT MetropolitanHourly$15.34$21.81$28.79
Barnstable Town, MA MetropolitanHourly$16.64$21.76$28.51
Pittsfield, MA MetropolitanHourly$14.19$20.62$24.11
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MAHourly$13.64$20.60$24.98
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NHHourly$13.59$20.30$28.57
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MAHourly$15.08$20.24$24.84
Framingham, MAHourly$16.15$20.24$26.31
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NHHourly$10.01$20.21$29.29
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MAHourly$14.88$20.11$24.48
Springfield, MA-CT MetropolitanHourly$15.22$19.60$27.47
Peabody, MAHourly$13.25$19.06$28.86
Nantucket Island and Martha's VineyardHourly$15.91$18.06$23.34
New Bedford, MA MetropolitanHourly$15.87$18.04$22.75
Northwest MassachusettsHourly$13.04$17.18$22.58

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