Dental Assistant Schools and Salaries in Colorado

How to become a Dental Assistant in Colorado

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Colorado

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
ColoradoPickens Technical CollegeAuroraCODA
ColoradoPikes Peak Community CollegeColorado SpringsCODAhttp://ppcc.edu/departments/dental-assisting/
ColoradoFront Range Community CollegeFort CollinsCODA
ColoradoConcorde Career InstituteAuroraDANB
ColoradoEverest CollegeAuroraDANB
ColoradoEverest CollegeColorado SpringsDANB
ColoradoHeritage CollegeDenverDANB
ColoradoIntelliTec CollegeGrand JunctionDANB
ColoradoPima Medical InstituteAuroraDANB
ColoradoPima Medical InstituteColorado SpringsDANB
ColoradoPima Medical InstituteDenverDANB

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

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

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

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Colorado Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (303) 894-7800
Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Dental_Board

Dental Assistant Salary in Colorado

StateColorado
Average Salary$38,660
Hourly Wage$18.59
Top 10% of Earners$52,160
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,720
#'s Employed7,080

The average Dental Assistant salary in Colorado is $38,660 –  2.7% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.59.

There are currently 7,080 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 Colorado;

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Boulder, CO$42,840$20.60420
Fort Collins, CO$39,460$18.97490
Grand Junction, CO$36,090$17.35220
Greeley, CO$37,610$18.08270
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO$40,040$19.253,700
Colorado Springs, CO$35,250$16.951,270
Pueblo, CO$33,380$16.05160

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Colorado

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants6,080$18.78$39,060
Physician Assistants2,330$46.79$97,330
Respiratory Therapists1,770$28.17$58,590
Dental Hygienists4,550$37.97$78,980
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers860$38.61$80,300
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics4,110$19.57$40,710
Pharmacy Technicians4,980$16.29$33,870
Surgical Technologists1,410$23.69$49,270
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians3,230$14.68$30,530
Home Health Aides12,210$12.59$26,190
Nursing Assistants18,940$14.12$29,380
Occupational Therapy Assistants570$24.07$50,060
Physical Therapist Assistants1,040$24.02$49,970
Massage Therapists4,510$21.19$44,080
Medical Assistants9,210$16.02$33,330
Medical Transcriptionists940$19.89$41,360
Phlebotomists1,800$17.23$35,830