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Gaining entry in to accredited dental assistant schools in Oregon is a cinch once you read our informative resource below. We cover it all from what the options are for certification, the dental assistant titles across Oregon, what the pay will be like and much more! Healthcare jobs in Oregon are in high demand and we are doing our part to showcase them all!

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Become an Oregon Dental Assistant by Following The Steps Below

In Oregon, a dental assistant can perform any basic supportive tasks without specific training. That being said there four defined titles of dental assistants in Oregon that can perform expanded functions and they are an (EFDA) Expanded Function Dental Assistant, an (EFDA) with Restorative Functions Certification, (EFODA) Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant and an (ADA) Anesthesia Dental Assistant.

How to qualify as an EFDA in Oregon

The three ways to become an Oregon EFDA are listed for you below.

1 – Qualify as an EFDA in Oregon is to earn an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency. This is done by passing an Oregon Public Health Division, Office of Environmental Public Health, Oregon Health Authority, Radiation Protection Services, or the (OBD) Oregon Board of Dentistry approved training and also by successfully passing the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. All candidates must also take and also graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting training in Oregon.

2 – Get an EFDA title in Oregon is to earn an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency like we mentioned above, pass the (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam as we mentioned above, pass the (ORXG) Oregon Expanded Functions – General Dental Assisting exam, and you must also have a current endorsement from a currently licensed dentist clearly defining and stating that you have finished all the clinical requirements required.

3 – Get EFDA title and that is to attain an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency as we mentioned above, take and also pass the (ORB) Oregon Basic Dental Assisting exam as we mentioned above, pass the (ORXG) Oregon Expanded Functions – General Dental Assisting exam as we have mentioned above, and then have a currently licensed dentist show you have all the requirements for the title..

The Oregon EFDA with Restorative Functions Certification is earned by the full completion of an Oregon Board-approved curriculum from a dental assistant program that is currently accredited by CODA and they must also have gone through and have passed the (WREB) Western Regional Examining Board Restorative Exam.

An Oregon (EFODA) – Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant is earned when a candidate has gone and successfully met all of the required elements of one of 4 differing pathways to EFDA status. The three pathways by examination are as follows.

1 – Complete a CODA-accredited dental assisting program
2 – Pass the DANB (CDA) Certified Dental Assistant exam or the (COA) Certified Orthodontic Assistant exam, passing the (ORXO) Oregon Expanded Functions – Orthodontic Assisting exam and by a licensed dentist’s endorsement showing clinical requirement completion.
3 – The Oregon Basic Dental Assisting exam (ORB) can be swapped for the (COA) Certified Orthodontic Assistant exam in the second pathway shown above in line 2.

Another distinctive high level option for being a dental assistant in Oregon is as an Anesthesia Dental Assistant. They hold a current BLS/CPR certification for Health Care Providers and have completed the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia Assistants Course given by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants Course that is given by by the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

CODA Approved Dental Assisting Programs in Oregon

Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way Bend 9770

Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Avenue Eugene 97405

Linn-Benton Community College
Healthcare Occupations Center
300 Mullins Drive Lebanon 97355
(541) 917-4493

Blue Mountain Community College
2411 Northwest Carden Pendleton 97801
(541) 278-5876

Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue HT Room 206 Portland 97219

Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Road Roseburg 97470-0226

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive, N.E. PO Box 14007 Salem 97309-7070

Dental assistant Pay in Oregon

With a current number of 5,270 people working as dental assistants in Oregon and an expected growth of over 15% the field is seeing tremendous growth above the national average and should be really exciting for the near future! The salary outlook across Oregon is detailed for you below in our data table.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Bend, ORHourly$16.79$21.63$27.09
Corvallis, ORHourly$16.24$21.20$24.84
Medford, ORHourly$16.16$21.00$23.84
Coastal OregonHourly$15.26$20.83$24.01
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WAHourly$13.99$20.76$27.65
Eugene-Springfield, ORHourly$13.32$18.99$24.27
Salem, ORHourly$13.15$18.44$23.95
Southern OregonHourly$14.76$18.28$24.50
Eastern OregonHourly$12.43$17.86$23.53
Linn CountyHourly$13.17$16.67$19.79

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