Dental Assistant Programs in Arkansas

Steps to become a Dental Assistant in Arkansas

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Arkansas 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 Arkansas below.


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Arkansas

SchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite
Arkansas Northeastern CollegeBlythevilleCODA-
University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical CollegeNorth Little RockCODA-

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Arkansas. 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.

You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in Arkansas and surrounding states on the map below.

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Arkansas Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (501) 682-2085
Website: http://www.dentalboard.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Dental Assistant Salary in Arkansas

Average Salary$33,860
Hourly Wage$16.28
Top 10% of Earners$46,670
Bottom 10% of Earners$23,480
#'s Employed2,750

The average Dental Assistant salary in Arkansas is $33,860 –  10% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $16.28.

There are currently 2,750 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 Arkansas;

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Jonesboro, AR$33,650$16.18200
Fort Smith, AR-OK$35,880$17.25270
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR$33,710$16.21720
Hot Springs, AR$32,000$15.38140
Pine Bluff, AR$32,150$15.4660
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO$34,160$16.42630

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Arkansas

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Physician Assistants400$35.04$72,880
Respiratory Therapists1,080$24.05$50,020
Dental Hygienists1,400$30.97$64,410
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers360$28.15$58,550
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,220$14.06$29,230
Pharmacy Technicians3,620$13.79$28,680
Surgical Technologists890$19.23$40,010
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians300$12.68$26,380
Home Health Aides7,040$9.05$18,830
Nursing Assistants17,950$10.61$22,070
Occupational Therapy Assistants200$31.41$65,340
Physical Therapist Assistants990$25.02$52,030
Massage Therapists260$18.65$38,790
Dental Assistants2,530$15.64$32,520
Medical Assistants2,900$13.82$28,750
Medical Transcriptionists650$14.39$29,920
Phlebotomists880$13.11$27,280