Dental Assistant Programs in Kentucky

How to become a Dental Assistant in Kentucky

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


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

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 Kentucky

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
KentuckyWest Kentucky Community and Technical CollegePaducahCODA

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

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Kentucky Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (502) 429-7280
Website: http://dentistry.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

Dental Assistant Salary in Kentucky

StateKentucky
Average Salary$34,900
Hourly Wage$16.78
Top 10% of Earners$48,090
Bottom 10% of Earners$23,400
#'s Employed4,320

The average Dental Assistant salary in Kentucky is $34,900 –  7.3% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $16.78.

There are currently 4,320 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 Kentucky;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
KYLouisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN$38,760$18.641,440
KYLexington-Fayette, KY$35,300$16.97720
KYOwensboro, KY$34,050$16.37100
KYElizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY$32,660$15.70150
KYBowling Green, KY$31,620$15.20170
KYSouth Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area$33,580$16.14420
KYCentral Kentucky nonmetropolitan area$32,140$15.45390
KYEast Kentucky nonmetropolitan area$30,670$14.75230
KYWest Kentucky nonmetropolitan area$28,290$13.60400

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Kentucky

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants4,410$33,610
Physician Assistants850$98,430
Respiratory Therapists2,380$47,850
Dental Hygienists2,060$57,320
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers810$60,570
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics4,560$30,220
Pharmacy Technicians7,410$27,830
Surgical Technologists1,630$39,330
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,530$28,800
Home Health Aides2,960$23,620
Nursing Assistants23,100$24,480
Occupational Therapy Assistants510$57,940
Physical Therapist Assistants1,540$53,770
Massage Therapists580$39,270
Medical Assistants8,140$28,910
Medical Transcriptionists980$32,030
Phlebotomists2,050$29,390