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If you want to become a dental assistant in Oregon, reading our article below will greatly inform you in the process. We go in to great detail about the whole process from picking the right program, all the way to graduation and certification.

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How to become a dental assistant in Oregon.

The four steps to becoming a dental assistant in Oregon are outlined below.

Step 1 – Finish high school or earn your G.E.D.

The very first step towards whatever position you pursue should always be completing a high school diploma. Working in the healthcare field is no exception. And even in the few cases where it’s feasible to secure a position without your high school diploma, the jobs usually don’t offer much in terms of compensation or opportunities for growth.

Step 2: Sign-up for classes accredited by the CODA

Choosing a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited course is the next step if you have decided to get certified. The CODA is a nationally-respected organization that coordinates dental assisting coursework across the nation. Accreditation by the CODA is deemed essential due to the fact that only students from a course in Oregon that is recognized by this body may take one of the national certification exams.

CODA Approved Dental Assisting Programs in Oregon

Dental Assisting – Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way Bend 97701 541-383-7574
Program Director: Ms. Lynn Murray
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2013
Next Accreditation Visit: 2020

Dental Assisting – Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Avenue Eugene 97405 541-463-5638
Program Director: Ms. Leslie D. Greer
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2015
Next Accreditation Visit: 2022

Dental Assisting – Linn-Benton Community College
Healthcare Occupations Center
300 Mullins Drive Lebanon 97355 (541) 917-4493
Program Director: Ms. Stacey Gerger
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2011
Next Accreditation Visit: 2018

Dental Assisting – Blue Mountain Community College
2411 Northwest Carden Pendleton 97801 (541) 278-5876
Program Director: Ms. Crystal Patton-Doherty
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2012
Next Accreditation Visit: 2020

Dental Assisting – Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue HT Room 206 Portland 97219 971-722-4235
Program Director: Ms. Josette L Beach
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2017
Next Accreditation Visit: 2024

Dental Assisting – Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Road Roseburg 97470-0226 541-440-4710
Program Director: Ms. Tamara Loosli
Discipline Code: DA
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2015
Next Accreditation Visit: 2022

Dental Assisting – Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive, N.E. PO Box 14007 Salem 97309-7070 503-399-5265
Program Director: Ms. Lynn George
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 necessary internship hours

Graduating from the approved program you decided on in the previous step is going to be your next objective. The academic and internship portions of the conventional program can oftentimes be finished in a year or less.

A lot of training classes dedicate the academic segment of their curriculum to the material that will be covered in the national certification assessments. Allowing students hands-on training in a real dental office, conversely, is the emphasis of the internship part of a program.

Step 4: Pass the NELDA or CDA Certification Exam

In order to earn a nationally-recognized dental assistant certification, you have to pass the NELDA or CDA exam. Becoming eligible to challenge either of these exams requires you to initially graduate from a CODA-accredited training program. You will receive the national credential of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) by passing either examination.

Each of these exams are described in more detail here.

Dental assistant Pay in Oregon

according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics dental assistant salary in Oregon varies somewhat from the nationwide average, as is displayed in the table below.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Yearly$25,460$36,940$52,000
OregonHourly$14.04$20.56$26.63
Yearly$29,210$42,760$55,390
Bend, OR MSAHourly$16.79$21.63$27.09
Yearly$34,930$44,990$56,350
Corvallis, OR MSAHourly$16.24$21.20$24.84
Yearly$33,770$44,100$51,660
Medford, OR MSAHourly$16.16$21.00$23.84
Yearly$33,610$43,680$49,590
Coastal Oregon BOSHourly$15.26$20.83$24.01
Yearly$31,740$43,320$49,930
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSAHourly$13.99$20.76$27.65
Yearly$29,100$43,190$57,520
Eugene-Springfield, OR MSAHourly$13.32$18.99$24.27
Yearly$27,700$39,500$50,470
Salem, OR MSAHourly$13.15$18.44$23.95
Yearly$27,340$38,360$49,810
Southern Oregon BOSHourly$14.76$18.28$24.50
Yearly$30,700$38,030$50,960
Eastern Oregon BOSHourly$12.43$17.86$23.53
Yearly$25,850$37,150$48,940
Linn County (BOS)Hourly$13.17$16.67$19.79
Yearly$27,390$34,670$41,160

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