Dental Assistant Programs in Minnesota

How to become a Dental Assistant in Minnesota

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Minnesota

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MinnesotaNorthwest Technical CollegeBemidjiCODAhttp://www.ntcmn.edu/academics/programs/dental_technology/dental_assisting/
MinnesotaCentral Lakes CollegeBrainerdCODAhttp://www.clcmn.edu
MinnesotaMinnesota West Community and Technical CollegeCanbyCODA
MinnesotaHennepin Technical CollegeEden PrarieCODAhttp://www.hennepintech.edu
MinnesotaHibbing Community CollegeHibbingCODA
MinnesotaMinneapolis Community & Technical CollegeMinneapolisCODAhttp://www.minneapolis.edu
MinnesotaMinnesota State Community and Technical CollegeMoorheadCODAhttp://www.minnesota.edu/programs_majors.php?program=dental
MinnesotaSouth Central CollegeNorth MankatoCODA
MinnesotaRochester Community & Technical CollegeRochesterCODAhttp://www.rctc.edu/program/dh/
MinnesotaDakota County Technical CollegeRosemountCODA
MinnesotaSt. Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint CloudCODAhttp://www.sctcc.edu
MinnesotaHerzing UniversitySt. Louis ParkCODAhttps://www.herzing.edu/career-programs/healthcare
MinnesotaCentury CollegeWhite Bear LakeCODAhttp://www.century.edu/futurestudents/programs/pnd.aspx?id=17

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

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Minnesota Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (612) 617-2250
Website: http://mn.gov/boards/dentistry/

Dental Assistant Salary in Minnesota

StateMinnesota
Average Salary$48,770
Hourly Wage$23.45
Top 10% of Earners$62,430
Bottom 10% of Earners$37,270
#'s Employed5,630

The average Dental Assistant salary in Minnesota is $48,770 –  29.6% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $23.45.

There are currently 5,630 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 Minnesota;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MNNortheast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, MN$46,340$22.28130
MNMinneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI$50,610$24.333,650
MNRochester, MN$49,970$24.02300
MNMankato-North Mankato, MN$48,050$23.10120
MNSoutheast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area$45,690$21.97260
MNDuluth, MN-WI$43,980$21.14270
MNSt. Cloud, MN$44,140$21.22250
MNNorthwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area$42,300$20.34400
MNSouthwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area$46,020$22.13250

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Minnesota

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants5,520$44,220
Physician Assistants2,010$106,740
Respiratory Therapists1,540$65,070
Dental Hygienists4,620$71,010
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,400$75,610
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics4,380$38,260
Pharmacy Technicians7,290$33,520
Surgical Technologists2,040$51,100
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2,570$34,020
Home Health Aides27,550$25,420
Nursing Assistants31,570$28,670
Occupational Therapy Assistants550$45,660
Physical Therapist Assistants1,200$50,270
Massage Therapists2,530$45,180
Medical Assistants8,730$36,200
Medical Transcriptionists1,770$36,710
Phlebotomists1,700$35,250