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Becoming a dental assistant in North Dakota is much more simple than it may look. We show how that is with our free guide below and we cover the details about dental assistant schools in North Dakota from start to finish for you.

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What is the process to become a dental assistant in North Dakota?

The four-part process for becoming a dental assistant in North Dakota is shown below.

Step 1 – Complete your high school diploma or GED

Regardless of the job you choose to pursue, earning a high school diploma should be considered the first step. The same is the case with regards to most jobs in medical care.

Step 2: Choose a program accredited by CODA and sign-up for training

If you have chosen to pursue your certification, the next thing is to enroll in a dental assistant training program that is recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Dental assisting schools in North Dakota and around the country are governed by the CODA, who works to standardize instruction in the trade all-around the country. Accreditation by the CODA is considered imperative because only students from a program in ND that is recognized by this organization can take either of the national certification exams.

CODA Approved Dental Assisting Programs in North Dakota

Dental Assisting – North Dakota State College of Science – Dental Assisting Program
800 N. 6th Street Wahpeton 58076-0002 701-671-2334
Program Director: Ms. Rhonda Edwardson
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2017
Next Accreditation Visit: 2024

Step 3: Graduate from the program and complete the requisite internship hours

The next step is to finish the accredited course you have chosen. The academic and hands-on portions of the conventional program can often be completed in a year or less.

The majority of training classes devote the classroom part of their course of study to the content that will be covered in the national certification tests. In terms of the hands-on portion of the course, this is when trainees get hands-on experience in a functioning dental office environment.

Step 4: Pass the NELDA or CDA Certification Exam

To get a nationally-accepted dental assistant certification in ND, you will need to pass the NELDA or CDA examination. You will need to finish a course accredited by the CODA to be qualified to challenge one of these examinations. You’ll earn the national credential of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) by passing either examination.

We take a closer look at these assessments here.

How much does a dental assistant make in North Dakota?

The data table below contains the data on salary for dental assistants in North Dakota and come from latest statistics.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
North DakotaHourly$15.78$19.55$29.54
Bismarck, ND MSAHourly$16.74$21.52$26.25
West Central North Dakota BOSHourly$16.20$20.60$25.97
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSAHourly$16.08$19.75$25.88
East Central North Dakota BOSHourly$13.26$19.51$24.69
Far Western North Dakota BOSHourly$15.16$18.99$28.31
Far Eastern North Dakota BOSHourly$15.67$18.65$34.69
Fargo, ND-MN MSAHourly$15.67$18.54$34.16

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