Dental Assistant Programs in Illinois

How to become a Dental Assistant in Illinois

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Illinois

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
IllinoisJohn A. Logan CollegeCartervilleCODAhttp://www.jalc.edu/allied-health-and-public-service/dental-hygiene-program
IllinoisKaskaskia CollegeCentraliaCODA
IllinoisElgin Community CollegeElginCODA
IllinoisLewis & Clark Community CollegeGodfreyCODAhttp://www.lc.edu/program/dentalhygiene/
IllinoisIllinois Valley Community CollegeOglesbyCODA

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

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Illinois Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (312) 353-7875
Website: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/dentist.asp

Dental Assistant Salary in Illinois

StateIllinois
Average Salary$39,030
Hourly Wage$18.76
Top 10% of Earners$51,170
Bottom 10% of Earners$26,930
#'s Employed12,710

The average Dental Assistant salary in Illinois is $39,030 –  3.7% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.76.

There are currently 12,710 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 Illinois;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
IDLewiston, ID-WA$38,730$18.6270
IDCoeur d'Alene, ID$37,230$17.90250
IDBoise City, ID$37,570$18.06850
IDPanhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area$32,360$15.56120
IDSouthwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area$34,390$16.5380
IDSouth Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area$31,520$15.15220
IDIdaho Falls, ID$31,770$15.28270
IDSoutheast Idaho nonmetropolitan area$30,430$14.63200
IDPocatello, ID$29,480$14.17140

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Illinois

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants13,200$17.85$37,120
Physician Assistants2,900$42.62$88,650
Respiratory Therapists4,930$26.17$54,430
Dental Hygienists7,820$33.60$69,880
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers2,150$35.92$74,710
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics12,060$20.38$42,380
Pharmacy Technicians19,160$14.52$30,210
Surgical Technologists2,750$21.57$44,870
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians3,640$15.84$32,940
Home Health Aides32,300$11.36$23,640
Nursing Assistants59,550$12.54$26,080
Occupational Therapy Assistants2,100$28.65$59,590
Physical Therapist Assistants4,540$25.52$53,090
Massage Therapists3,400$18.01$37,460
Medical Assistants18,420$15.37$31,970
Medical Transcriptionists1,580$16.99$35,340
Phlebotomists5,330$16.51$34,340