How to become a Dental Assistant in New Mexico
It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in New Mexico 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 New Mexico below.
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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in New Mexico.
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 New Mexico
|New Mexico||Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque||CODA|
|New Mexico||University of New Mexico||CODA|
|New Mexico||New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community College||Las Cruces||CODA||http://firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Mexico||Luna Community College||Las Vegas||CODA||http://www.luna.edu|
|New Mexico||Santa Fe Community College||CODA||http://www.sfcc.edu/programs/dental|
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 New Mexico and surrounding states on the map below.
New Mexico Dental Assistant License Requirements
Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by New Mexico law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Board of Dental Health Care and the Dental Hygienist governs the licensing of dental assistants in New Mexico. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
Dental Assistant Salary in New Mexico
|Top 10% of Earners||$45,980|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$25,940|
The average Dental Assistant salary in New Mexico is $34,880 – 7.3% below the national average.
This represents an hourly wage of $16.77.
There are currently 2,740 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 New Mexico;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|NM||Santa Fe, NM||$37,740||$18.15||200|
|NM||Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area||$34,210||$16.45||30|
|NM||Las Cruces, NM||$40,420||$19.43||200|
|NM||North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area||$34,670||$16.67||260|
|NM||Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area||$30,990||$14.90||340|
|NM||Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area||$31,230||$15.02||50|
*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in New Mexico
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in New Mexico;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||420||$31.75||$66,050|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||1,610||$16.50||$34,310|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||550||$15.60||$32,440|
|Home Health Aides||6,660||$11.23||$23,350|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||140||$28.43||$59,130|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||320||$23.00||$47,850|