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Getting started in dental assistant schools in Ohio is a lot easier than you may think. Check out the steps below with our latest article. We cover what it takes from deciding on a school, to getting certified in the state of Ohio as a dental assistant. It is a great time for looking at healthcare jobs in Ohio due to their 27% growth!

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What is the procedure to become a dental assistant in Ohio?

The Ohio State Dental Board oversees all dental professionals and training in Ohio. Dental assistants have three options for becoming a dental assistant in Ohio and they are a (BQP) Basic Qualified Personnel, a (DANB) CDA Certified Dental Assistant or an (OCDAC) Certified Ohio Dental Assistant and an (EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary. Proof of immunization or inoculation against the hepatitis B virus is also required by the Ohio State Dental Board.

(BQP) Basic Qualified Personnel – (BPQs) Basic Qualified Personnel go through training from their dentist in a supervised format, this can be done in the dental office or at in institution for training.

(OCDAC) Certified Ohio Dental Assistant – The (OCDAC) Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification and the CDA certification from DANB is accepted in Ohio for certification as a dental assistant. If candidates want to do additional procedures like coronal polishing they will have to go through additional training.

(EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary – An (EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary is individual that is qualified because they passed a Ohio State Board approved (EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary training and they successfully taken and passed the (EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary test that is administered by the (CODT) Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio or the test administered by the (CDCA) Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. A valid and current CPR certificate is also mandatory for the certification as an EFDA in Ohio.

Certified Ohio Dental Assistant certification can be earned of you pass the certification exam in Ohio which three parts which we detail for you below.

1 – Written Exam – There are 250 multiple choice questions. chairside skills, procedures, anatomy of the mouth, specialties, materials, sterilization and OSHA regulations are examples of topics that are covered on the certification exam in Ohio..
2 – Clinical Exam – Patient Education, dental materials, retainers, chairside skills and duties, insurance, instruments and bur identification.
3 – Radiology Exam – Mounting and the exposing of patients to x-rays and there are 101 written questions are covered on the exam for radiology.

Dental Assisting Classes in Ohio That are CODA Approved

Fortis College Cuyahoga Falls
National Institute of Technology
2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls 44221
330-923-9959 x4647

Eastern Gateway Community College
4000 Sunset Boulevard Steubenville 43952

Choffin Career and Technical Center
200 East Wood Street Youngstown 44503
(330) 744-8749

Dental Assistant Outlook for Jobs and Salary in Ohio

With almost 13% expected growth for new jobs in Ohio for dental assistants, the time for entry in to approved dental assistant schools could not be any better. See what the pay is across Ohio and more below.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Dayton, OHHourly$13.44$18.99$27.98
Springfield, OHHourly$12.09$18.37$27.11
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-INHourly$14.07$18.35$26.03
Columbus, OHHourly$12.29$18.28$31.90
Akron, OHHourly$11.31$17.87$23.80
Toledo, OHHourly$13.17$17.66$25.46
Other OhioHourly$12.94$17.52$24.39
Mansfield, OHHourly$12.80$17.44$23.17
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OHHourly$13.02$17.24$22.90
Lima, OHHourly$11.21$17.14$22.53
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PAHourly$12.87$16.50$21.56
Eastern OhioHourly$11.14$16.09$30.02
Southern OhioHourly$12.70$15.69$27.59
Canton-Massillon, OHHourly$11.67$15.49$20.76
West Northwestern OhioHourly$12.50$15.24$22.19
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OHHourly$9.74$14.34$18.92
Wheeling, WV-OHHourly$10.14$14.32$19.95

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