Dental Assistant Programs in Louisiana

How to become a Dental Assistant in Louisiana

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

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

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 Louisiana

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Louisiana. 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 Louisiana and surrounding states on the map below.

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Louisiana Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (504) 568-8574

Dental Assistant Salary in Louisiana

Average Salary$29,660
Hourly Wage$14.26
Top 10% of Earners$38,770
Bottom 10% of Earners$20,980
#'s Employed4,310

The average Dental Assistant salary in Louisiana is $29,660 –  21.2% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $14.26.

There are currently 4,310 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 Louisiana;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
LALafayette, LA$31,950$15.36530
LANew Orleans-Metairie, LA$29,630$14.251,350
LAAlexandria, LA$30,700$14.76160
LAHouma-Thibodaux, LA$28,940$13.91140
LACentral Louisiana nonmetropolitan area$27,920$13.42140
LAMonroe, LA$27,500$13.22280
LAHammond, LA$29,130$14.0060
LASouthwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area$27,460$13.20110
LANortheast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area$30,340$14.59140
LABaton Rouge, LA$30,380$14.61700
LAShreveport-Bossier City, LA$30,360$14.60390
LALake Charles, LA$26,620$12.80300

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Louisiana

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants4,110$29,190
Physician Assistants580$86,190
Respiratory Therapists2,150$52,120
Dental Hygienists1,960$56,340
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers670$59,480
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,820$37,040
Pharmacy Technicians5,640$30,070
Surgical Technologists1,870$38,910
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,370$27,270
Home Health Aides9,870$20,160
Nursing Assistants23,950$20,910
Occupational Therapy Assistants450$54,050
Physical Therapist Assistants1,090$45,030
Massage Therapists520$36,160
Medical Assistants5,950$26,980
Medical Transcriptionists1,000$30,540