Dental Assistant Programs in Mississippi

How to become a Dental Assistant in Mississippi

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

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

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 Mississippi

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MississippiPearl River Community CollegeHattiesburgCODA
MississippiHinds Community CollegeJacksonCODA
MississippiMeridian Community CollegeMeridianCODA

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

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Mississippi Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (601) 944-9622

Dental Assistant Salary in Mississippi

Average Salary$33,360
Hourly Wage$16.04
Top 10% of Earners$45,780
Bottom 10% of Earners$22,950
#'s Employed2,240

The average Dental Assistant salary in Mississippi is $33,360 –  11.3% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $16.04.

There are currently 2,240 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 Mississippi;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MSGulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS$35,090$16.87270
MSJackson, MS$35,900$17.26580
MSNortheast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area$32,600$15.68390
MSNorthwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area$37,110$17.84190
MSHattiesburg, MS$29,420$14.15220
MSSouthwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area$30,790$14.80120
MSSoutheast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area$28,710$13.81280

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Mississippi

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Physician Assistants200$51,040
Respiratory Therapists1,550$48,180
Dental Hygienists1,080$55,110
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers610$61,890
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,120$35,820
Pharmacy Technicians3,330$28,520
Surgical Technologists1,220$38,070
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians480$32,020
Home Health Aides8,120$21,270
Nursing Assistants13,750$21,290
Occupational Therapy Assistants380$54,750
Physical Therapist Assistants890$47,300
Massage Therapists180$25,030
Dental Assistants2,170$30,830
Medical Assistants2,340$28,830
Medical Transcriptionists510$29,590