Dental Assistant Programs in Arizona

How to become a Dental Assistant in Arizona

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Arizona given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.

In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in Arizona below.


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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Arizona.

Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.

Top Dental Assistant Schools in Arizona

SchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite
Phoenix CollegePhoenixCODAhttp://www.phoenixcollege.edu/
Rio Salado CollegeTempeCODAhttp://www.riosalado.edu
Pima County Community CollegeTucsonCODAhttp://www.pima.edu/

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Arizona. For more entry level and post secondary Dental Assisting options you can also view all DANB accredited programs.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.

The map below shows results for schools offering dental assisting programs in Arizona and surrounding states;

Still haven’t found what you are looking for? You might also be interested in exploring dental hygiene programs in Arizona.

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Arizona Dental Assistant License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Arizona law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Arizona State Borad of Dental governs the licensing of dental assistants in Arizona. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (602) 242-1492
Website: https://dentalboard.az.gov/

Dental Assistant Salary in Arizona

StateArizona
Average Salary$39,580
Hourly Wage$19.03
Top 10% of Earners$50,010
Bottom 10% of Earners$29,270
#'s Employed7,030

The average Dental Assistant salary in Arizona is $39,580 –  5.2% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $19.03.

There are currently 7,030 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Arizona;

AreaSalary# EmployedHourly Wage
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ$40,8404,910$19.64
Yuma, AZ$35,030140$16.84
Tucson, AZ$37,330920$17.95
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ$36,580260$17.59
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ$37,700110$18.13
Flagstaff, AZ$33,680130$16.19
Prescott, AZ$36,660210$17.62

*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Arizona

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Arizona;

Career# EmployedHourly WageAverage Salary
Dental Assistants6,820$18.03$37,500
Physician Assistants2,460$46.12$95,920
Dental Hygienists3,090$39.40$81,950
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,130$38.70$80,490
Radiologic Technologists3,190$29.74$61,860
Occupational Therapy Assistants400$28.25$58,770
Respiratory Therapy Technicians350$25.08$52,170
Surgical Technologists2,190$23.95$49,820
Massage Therapists3,880$22.52$46,850
Physical Therapist Assistants1,420$21.23$44,160
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians4,930$20.01$41,630
Medical Transcriptionists1,050$18.03$37,490
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics3,720$17.66$36,740
Pharmacy Technicians9,060$15.88$33,040
Medical Assistants16,890$15.51$32,260
Phlebotomists2,520$14.53$30,220
Nursing Assistants13,530$13.89$28,890
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,270$12.63$26,260
Home Health Aides13,420$11.18$23,240