Dental Assistant Programs in Montana

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

How to become a Dental Assistant in Montana

  1. Graduate from a dental assistant program in Montana
  2. Fulfill any Montana licensing requirements for Dental Assistants
  3. Dental assistant income and employment in Montana
  4. Montana career comparisons for Dental Assistants

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

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 Montana

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
MontanaGreat Falls College - Montana State UniversityGreat FallsCODAhttp://www.gfcmsu.edu/webs/dh/index.html
MontanaSalish Kootenai CollegePabloCODA
MontanaCentral Community CollegeHastingsCODAhttp://www.cccneb.edu/dentalassisting

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

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Montana Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (406) 444-6880
Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/den_board/board_page.asp

Dental Assistant Salary in Montana

StateMontana
Average Salary$37,050
Hourly Wage$17.81
Top 10% of Earners$48,970
Bottom 10% of Earners$26,980
#'s Employed1,340

The average Dental Assistant salary in Montana is $37,050 –  1.5% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.81.

There are currently 1,340 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 Montana;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
MTSouthwest Montana nonmetropolitan area$37,680$18.11370
MTGreat Falls, MT$37,430$18.0090
MTBillings, MT$40,900$19.66260
MTMissoula, MT$34,970$16.81190
MTCentral Montana nonmetropolitan area$38,090$18.3180
MTEast Montana nonmetropolitan area$34,550$16.6180
MTWest Montana nonmetropolitan area$34,260$16.47270

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Montana

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants1,180$34,230
Physician Assistants440$97,030
Respiratory Therapists360$52,660
Dental Hygienists780$68,510
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers200$71,800
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics600$30,440
Pharmacy Technicians1,170$33,390
Surgical Technologists420$44,930
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians410$30,120
Home Health Aides1,090$22,500
Nursing Assistants5,970$25,200
Occupational Therapy Assistants70$51,040
Physical Therapist Assistants170$44,820
Massage Therapists170$34,670
Medical Assistants1,150$31,240
Medical Transcriptionists320$31,660
Phlebotomists230$31,060