Dental Assistant Programs in Massachusetts

How to become a Dental Assistant in Massachusetts

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Massachusetts

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MassachusettsMassasoit Community CollegeCantonCODA
MassachusettsMount Wachusett Community CollegeGardnerCODAhttp://mwcc.edu/dental/
MassachusettsNorthern Essex Community CollegeLawrenceCODA
MassachusettsMiddlesex Community CollegeLowellCODAhttp://www.middlesex.mass.edu/
MassachusettsCharles H McCann Technical SchoolNorth AdamsCODA
MassachusettsSoutheastern Technical InstituteSouth EastonCODA
MassachusettsSpringfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldCODAhttp://www.stcc.edu
MassachusettsQuinsigamond Community CollegeWorcesterCODAhttp://www.dentalhygiene@qcc.mass.edu

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

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Massachusetts Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (617) 847-3700
Website: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/dentist/

Dental Assistant Salary in Massachusetts

StateMassachusetts
Average Salary$44,770
Hourly Wage$21.52
Top 10% of Earners$59,770
Bottom 10% of Earners$33,080
#'s Employed8,380

The average Dental Assistant salary in Massachusetts is $44,770 –  19% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $21.52.

There are currently 8,380 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 Massachusetts;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MAHaverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH$50,170$24.12170
MABarnstable Town, MA$46,910$22.55300
MABrockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA$46,170$22.20190
MAFramingham, MA$45,270$21.77480
MAPeabody-Salem-Beverly, MA$49,210$23.66260
MALowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH $45,350$21.80370
MANantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area$44,080$21.1940
MALeominster-Gardner, MA$45,050$21.66140
MAWorcester, MA-CT$44,680$21.48750
MABoston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH$45,820$22.036,420
MANorthwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area$41,090$19.7650
MABoston-Cambridge-Newton, MA$45,410$21.834,120
MANew Bedford, MA$38,140$18.33160
MAPittsfield, MA$39,370$18.93100
MASpringfield, MA-CT$41,590$20.00800
MALynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA$41,390$19.90180
MALawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH $43,920$21.12220
MATaunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA$40,930$19.6880

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Massachusetts

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants7,370$42,080
Physician Assistants2,410$105,060
Respiratory Therapists2,540$69,970
Dental Hygienists6,250$80,490
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,760$81,370
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics5,780$39,650
Pharmacy Technicians8,540$31,680
Surgical Technologists3,440$51,400
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2,790$42,020
Home Health Aides23,520$28,670
Nursing Assistants39,990$30,130
Occupational Therapy Assistants1,150$55,410
Physical Therapist Assistants2,350$57,290
Massage Therapists1,330$51,650
Medical Assistants16,470$38,090
Medical Transcriptionists810$46,910
Phlebotomists3,100$38,240