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Thinking of enrolling in to accredited dental assistant schools in Missouri? It could not be a better time, the healthcare field as a whole is growing and we cover all the details of the career from choosing the right accredited dental assistant program in Missouri to getting your certification in our article below. Many of the allied health jobs across Missouri are seeing amazing growth in their future and the dental assistant field is absolutely no different!

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How to become a dental assistant in Missouri

The Missouri Dental Association is the regulating body in charge of all dental professionals in Missouri and according to their dental practice act, all basic dental assisting procedures can be done by a dental assistant if they are under direct supervision of a licensed dentist at the time of performing the procedures. No training or certification is required to do the basic functions of a dental assistant in Missouri.

All Missouri DANB CDA certified dental assistants are able to perform assistance in the administration of nitrous oxide to patients if they have successfully taken and subsequently completed a Missouri Dental Association approved training course and also then passed the competency test that goes with it.

The highest level of dental assistant in Missouri is the Expanded-Functions Dental Assistant. To become one you will have to get a permit from the Missouri Dental Association. You will ahve options for becoming one by either being a graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program with expanded function training, or take and pass an approved expanded functions training, and be a DANB (CDA) Certified Dental Assistant, or have take and successfully pass the Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills Examination and then complete an approved training in dental assisting expanded functions and you can become a Expanded Functions Dental Assistant in Missouri.

Complete List of CODA Approved Dental Assistant Programs in Missouri

Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway Springfield 65802

St. Louis Community College, Forest Park
5600 Oakland Avenue St. Louis 63110-1393

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
3444 Broadway Room 410M Kansas City 64111-2764

State Technical College of Missouri
One Technology Drive Linn 65051

Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Roads Joplin 64801

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street Kansas City 64108

Concorde Career College-Kansas City
3239 Broadway Blvd. Kansas City 64111

State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street Sedalia 65301-2199

Ozarks Technical Community College – Dental Hygienist Program
1001 East Chestnut Expressway Springfield 65802

St. Louis Community College, Forest Park
5600 Oakland Avenue St. Louis 63110-1393

North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street Trenton 64683

How Does the Outlook for Dental Assistant Pay and Jobs in Missouri Look?

The data shows that a 14% increase is on the way over the next decade for all dental assisting jobs in Missouri and that is just great! Combine that with the competitive salary we detail below and getting in to a dental assistant job in Missouri is looking pretty sweet!

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Springfield, MOHourly$13.25$17.98$23.35
Kansas City, MO-KSHourly$10.20$17.35$25.16
Southwest MissouriHourly$11.07$17.30$23.14
Joplin, MOHourly$13.47$17.13$21.64
Jefferson City, MOHourly$13.26$17.07$23.39
Columbia, MOHourly$9.53$16.91$20.03
North MissouriHourly$12.48$16.47$22.95
St. Louis, MO-ILHourly$12.27$16.41$23.50
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MOHourly$10.37$16.36$22.95
St. Joseph, MO-KSHourly$12.98$15.98$19.55
Southeast MissouriHourly$10.39$15.73$25.68
Central MissouriHourly$12.79$15.31$18.49
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-ILHourly$10.65$14.70$19.48

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