Dental Assistant Programs in Missouri

How to become a Dental Assistant in Missouri

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

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

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 Missouri

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MissouriMetropolitan Community College-Penn ValleyKansas CityCODA
MissouriState Technical College of MissouriLinnCODA
MissouriOzarks Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldCODA
MissouriSt. Louis Community College, Forest ParkSt. LouisCODA

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

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Missouri Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (573) 751-0040

Dental Assistant Salary in Missouri

Average Salary$36,900
Hourly Wage$17.74
Top 10% of Earners$49,850
Bottom 10% of Earners$26,220
#'s Employed5,530

The average Dental Assistant salary in Missouri is $36,900 –  1.9% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.74.

There are currently 5,530 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 Missouri;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MOJefferson City, MO$39,280$18.89110
MOSpringfield, MO$39,200$18.85580
MOJoplin, MO$36,070$17.34150
MOSt. Joseph, MO-KS$36,540$17.5760
MOKansas City, MO-KS$40,560$19.501,850
MONorth Missouri nonmetropolitan area$35,630$17.13180
MOColumbia, MO$34,990$16.82240
MOSt. Louis, MO-IL$35,870$17.242,910
MOSoutheast Missouri nonmetropolitan area$37,530$18.04220
MOSouthwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area$34,600$16.63110
MOCape Girardeau, MO-IL$27,260$13.10110
MOCentral Missouri nonmetropolitan area$30,510$14.67410

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Missouri

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants5,250$34,800
Physician Assistants1,130$93,770
Respiratory Therapists2,420$51,060
Dental Hygienists3,140$67,410
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,260$66,360
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics6,140$34,540
Pharmacy Technicians10,380$29,090
Surgical Technologists1,680$41,840
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,340$36,140
Home Health Aides9,250$22,310
Nursing Assistants40,630$23,880
Occupational Therapy Assistants1,030$55,520
Physical Therapist Assistants2,030$50,220
Massage Therapists1,090$31,440
Medical Assistants9,000$29,480
Medical Transcriptionists1,380$35,780