Dental Assistant Programs in New Mexico

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.

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in New Mexico

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
New MexicoCentral New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerqueCODA
New MexicoUniversity of New MexicoCODA
New MexicoNew Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community CollegeLas CrucesCODAhttp://www.daccdentalclinic@dacc.nmsu.edu
New MexicoLuna Community CollegeLas VegasCODAhttp://www.luna.edu
New MexicoSanta Fe Community CollegeCODAhttp://www.sfcc.edu/programs/dental

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

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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:

Phone: (505)476-4622
Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Dental_Health_Care.aspx

Dental Assistant Salary in New Mexico

StateNew Mexico
Average Salary$34,880
Hourly Wage$16.77
Top 10% of Earners$45,980
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,940
#'s Employed2,740

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;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
NMFarmington, NM$38,800$18.66260
NMSanta Fe, NM$37,740$18.15200
NMAlbuquerque, NM$34,090$16.391,400
NMLos Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area$34,210$16.4530
NMLas Cruces, NM$40,420$19.43200
NMNorth and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area$34,670$16.67260
NMEastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area$30,990$14.90340
NMSouthwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area$31,230$15.0250

*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;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants2,430$15.87$33,020
Physician Assistants590$50.71$105,470
Respiratory Therapists610$25.55$53,140
Dental Hygienists1,240$42.93$89,290
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers420$31.75$66,050
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics1,610$16.50$34,310
Pharmacy Technicians2,520$15.14$31,490
Surgical Technologists420$20.10$41,810
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians550$15.60$32,440
Home Health Aides6,660$11.23$23,350
Nursing Assistants6,620$12.86$26,750
Occupational Therapy Assistants140$28.43$59,130
Physical Therapist Assistants320$23.00$47,850
Massage Therapists340$13.62$28,320
Medical Assistants4,840$13.84$28,790
Medical Transcriptionists370$18.00$37,450
Phlebotomists540$14.17$29,480