How to become a Dental Assistant in Florida
It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Florida 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 Florida below.
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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Florida.
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 Florida
|Florida||South Florida State College||Avon Park||CODA||http://www.southflorida.edu/current-students/degrees-programs/academics/dental-education/dental-hygi|
|Florida||Manatee Technical College||Bradenton||CODA|
|Florida||Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa||CODA||http://www.easternflorida.edu/academics/degrees-certifications/associate-in-science/dental-hygiene.cfm|
|Florida||Atlantic Technical College||Coconut Creek||CODA||http://www.atlantictechcenter.com|
|Florida||Daytona State College||Daytona Beach||CODA||http://www.daytonastate.edu/CampusDirectory/DeptInfo.aspx?dept=DAS|
|Florida||Broward College||Ft. Pierce||CODA||http://www.irsc.edu|
|Florida||Santa Fe College-Florida||Gainesville||CODA||http://www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/dental/index.php?section=dental_hygiene_program|
|Florida||Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville||CODA||https://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services|
|Florida||Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth||CODA||http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/dentalhealth/dental-hygiene|
|Florida||Traviss Technical College||Lakeland||CODA|
|Florida||Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College||Miami||CODA|
|Florida||Lindsey Hopkins Technical Educational Center||Miami||CODA||http://lindsey.dadeschools.net|
|Florida||Lorenzo Walker Technical College||Naples||CODA||http://www.lwit.edu|
|Florida||Northwest Florida State College||Niceville||CODA||http://www.nwfsc.edu/Academics/Departments/HealthSciences/DentalAssisting//|
|Florida||College of Central Florida||Ocala||CODA|
|Florida||Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus||Orlando||CODA|
|Florida||Gulf Coast State College||Panama City||CODA||http://www.gulfcoast.edu/health_sciences/dental/dental_hygiene/degree_plan.htm|
|Florida||Charlotte Technical College||Port Charlotte||CODA|
|Florida||Pinellas Technical College||St. Petersburg||CODA||http://www.myptc.edu|
|Florida||Tallahassee Community College||Tallahassee||CODA||https://www.tcc.fl.edu/College/TypeOfProgram/Pages/2101.aspx|
|Florida||Hillsborough Community College||Tampa||CODA||http://www.hccfl.edu|
|Florida||Erwin Technical College||Tampa||CODA||http://www.erwin.edu|
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 Florida and surrounding states on the map below.
Florida Dental Assistant License Requirements
Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Florida law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Florida Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental assistants in Florida. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
Phone: (850) 488-0595
Dental Assistant Salary in Florida
|Top 10% of Earners||$50,850|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$27,060|
The average Dental Assistant salary in Florida is $37,920 – almost 1% above the national average.
This represents an hourly wage of $18.23.
There are currently 19,040 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 Florida;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|FL||Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL||$40,820||$19.62||290|
|FL||Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL||$37,680||$18.12||390|
|FL||North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL||$40,770||$19.60||940|
|FL||Homosassa Springs, FL||$36,420||$17.51||60|
|FL||Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL||$37,840||$18.19||160|
|FL||Punta Gorda, FL||$38,680||$18.60||140|
|FL||Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL||$35,640||$17.14||530|
|FL||Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL||$35,860||$17.24||430|
|FL||Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL||$38,070||$18.30||180|
|FL||Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL||$38,890||$18.70||1,880|
|FL||Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL||$39,230||$18.86||2,670|
|FL||West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL||$40,030||$19.25||1,510|
|FL||Port St. Lucie, FL||$39,430||$18.96||400|
|FL||Panama City, FL||$33,870||$16.28||150|
|FL||Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL||$38,690||$18.60||6,150|
|FL||The Villages, FL||$37,270||$17.92||100|
|FL||Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL||$37,830||$18.19||2,770|
|FL||South Florida nonmetropolitan area||$33,540||$16.12||100|
|FL||Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||$39,150||$18.82||600|
|FL||Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL||$36,470||$17.53||640|
|FL||Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area||$34,030||$16.36||170|
|FL||Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area||$27,210||$13.08||50|
*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Florida
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Florida;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||4,780||$29.88||$62,160|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||9,610||$14.94||$31,080|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||8,360||$14.87||$30,930|
|Home Health Aides||25,720||$11.02||$22,920|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||1,750||$29.92||$62,240|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||4,570||$29.62||$61,610|