Use the dental assistant program search application to find a medical trade school or college with accredited dental assistant certificate and associate’s degree programs. Online, accelerated, weekend class and hybrid (classroom/online) dental assisting degree and CDA programs are available at some schools. Certificate training programs can take 8-12 weeks, associate’s degree programs take 2 years.
“To become a certified Dental Assistant, you’ll need to sit for, and pass, an Certified Dental Assistant (CDE) exam which is given by the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB). Passing this proves to your potential employer that you are proficient and knowledgeable in the ways of dental assisting. “
Find a dental assistant school near you:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Colleges with Dental Assistant Programs
Listed colleges are accredited and offer financial aid assistance to those who qualify.
- Alterius Career College
- American College for Medical Careers
- Keystone Technical Institute
- Ultimate Medical Academy
- Vista College
- Intercoast College
- Fortis Institute
Many other dental assistant schools are available, use the program search to find one near you.
“How to become a dental assistant:
- Get your high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll in a dental assistant program or complete an externship with hands-on training.
- Complete your state’s licensing requirements.
- Decide if you want to specialize in areas such as an orthodontist dental assistant, preventative functions, or restorative functions, and get certified.“
Dental Assistant Salary: “The median annual wage for dental assistants was $37,630 in May 2017. … The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,130. Dental assisting is a fast growing career and employment is expected to grow 19% through 2024.”