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IF you want to get in to one of the top dental assistant schools in Virginia you will need to follow the steps we lay out for you below. We detail how to get certified, what the pay is like and what the future holds for this amazing growing Virginia healthcare career.

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How you can a Become a Virginia Dental Assistant

The Virginia Board of Dentistry oversees all of the Virginia dental assistants and regulates them. There are two classes of Dental Assistants in Virginia and they are the (DA I) Dental Assistant I and (DA II) Dental Assistant II. We go in to detail about what the jobs are and the duties and tasks they can perform below.

DA I – Basic chairside supporting duties can be done under the supervision of a licensed dentist in Virginia. No specific education requirements are mandated for them under current Virginia Board of Dentistry regulations.

DAII – Candidates can become a DA II by passing an examination,complete a CODA approved and accredited dental assisting program in Virginia and then successfully earn the DANB (CDA) Certified Dental Assistant certification. DA II status can also be earned by endorsement if you have also qualified in another state as a CDA. If the aforementioned method is how you go about getting DA II status you will have to attest that you have read all regulations and codes sanctioned by the Virginia Board of Dentistry.

The ability to go about certifying to be able to assist in the monitor or the administration of any sedation of patients candidates will have to of undergone a Basic Cardiac Life Support training or one of a similar fashion given by a Virginia Dentistry Board-approved provider. Candidates can also hold current certification as a Dental Anesthesia Assistant that is licensed by the (ADSA) American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, or the (AAOMS) American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Approved Dental Assisting Courses in Virginia

Germanna Community College
2130 Germanna Highway Locust Grove 22508

Centura College-Norfolk
7020 N Military Highway Norfolk 23518-4833

Fortis College- Richmond
2000 Westmoreland Street Suite A Richmond 23230
804-323-1020 x1836

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
700 East Jackson Street P.O. Box 85622 Richmond 23285-5622

Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Drive Springfield 22150

Dental Assistant Salary and Jobs Outlook in Virginia?

There is a wonderful 23% growth over the next ten years for new jobs for dental assistants in Virginia and if you want to see more about what they make across Virginia, see the table below.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Harrisonburg, VAHourly$13.80$20.60$24.62
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan DivisionHourly$14.14$20.19$29.37
Charlottesville, VAHourly$15.95$19.23$23.91
Richmond, VAHourly$15.25$19.16$26.68
Lynchburg, VAHourly$14.03$18.53$27.57
Roanoke, VAHourly$12.78$18.25$23.51
Winchester, VA-WVHourly$11.12$17.48$26.42
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VAHourly$13.07$17.01$32.34
Northwestern VirginiaHourly$11.48$16.17$22.45
Southside VirginiaHourly$13.14$16.08$18.82
Northeastern PeninsulasHourly$10.50$15.91$18.89
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NCHourly$12.47$15.60$22.58
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VAHourly$10.59$14.72$20.66
Southwestern VirginiaHourly$9.36$14.23$21.87

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