Dental Assistant Programs in North Carolina

How to become a Dental Assistant in North Carolina

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in North Carolina

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
North CarolinaAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleCODAhttp://www.abtech.edu/dental
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of DentistryChapel HillCODAhttp://www.dent.unc.edu
North CarolinaCentral Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotteCODAhttp://www.cpcc.edu
North CarolinaBrightwood CollegeCharlotteCODA
North CarolinaFayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayettevilleCODAhttp://www.faytechcc.edu/health_programs/dentalhyg.aspx
North CarolinaWayne Community CollegeGoldsboroCODAhttp://www.waynecc.edu
North CarolinaAlamance Community CollegeGrahamCODA
North CarolinaCoastal Carolina Community CollegeJacksonvilleCODAhttp://www.CoastalCarolina.edu
North CarolinaGuilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownCODAhttp://degreeprograms.gtcc.edu/dental-hygiene/
North CarolinaWestern Piedmont Community CollegeMorgantonCODA
North CarolinaMiller-Motte CollegeRaleighCODAhttp://www.miller-motte.edu
North CarolinaWake Technical Community CollegeRaleighCODA
North CarolinaRowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeSalisburyCODAhttp://www.rccc.edu
North CarolinaCentral Carolina Community CollegeSanfordCODAhttp://www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/dental/
North CarolinaMontgomery Community CollegeTroyCODA
North CarolinaWilkes Community CollegeWilkesboroCODA
North CarolinaMartin Community CollegeWilliamstonCODA
North CarolinaMiller-Motte CollegeWilmingtonCODAhttp://www.miller-motte.edu/campuses/wilmington-career-training
North CarolinaCape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonCODAhttp://www.cfcc.edu/dh
North CarolinaForsyth Technical Community CollegeWinston-SalemCODAhttp://www.forsythtech.edu

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

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North Carolina Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (919) 678-8223
Website: http://www.ncdentalboard.org/

Dental Assistant Salary in North Carolina

StateNorth Carolina
Average Salary$41,130
Hourly Wage$19.77
Top 10% of Earners$54,410
Bottom 10% of Earners$29,870
#'s Employed8,960

The average Dental Assistant salary in North Carolina is $41,130 –  9.3% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $19.77.

There are currently 8,960 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 North Carolina;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
NCNew Bern, NC$44,690$21.48140
NCRaleigh, NC$44,410$21.351,430
NCAsheville, NC$38,890$18.70510
NCRocky Mount, NC$38,130$18.33100
NCGoldsboro, NC$38,180$18.3690
NCGreensboro-High Point, NC$38,750$18.63670
NCFayetteville, NC$38,120$18.33450
NCDurham-Chapel Hill, NC$41,440$19.92720
NCWinston-Salem, NC$41,350$19.88500
NCNortheast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area$39,430$18.96110
NCCharlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC$43,460$20.892,210
NCBurlington, NC$37,140$17.8690
NCJacksonville, NC$38,240$18.38120
NCPiedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area$39,430$18.96520
NCWilmington, NC$42,310$20.34310
NCGreenville, NC$37,980$18.26160
NCMountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area$34,780$16.72250
NCSoutheast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area$39,040$18.77460
NCHickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC$35,080$16.86300

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in North Carolina

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants8,910$18.62$38,720
Physician Assistants4,290$47.12$98,020
Respiratory Therapists3,890$25.63$53,300
Dental Hygienists5,670$32.17$66,910
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,900$31.27$65,030
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics10,180$15.98$33,230
Pharmacy Technicians13,070$14.00$29,120
Surgical Technologists2,760$19.29$40,120
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians3,210$14.84$30,860
Home Health Aides47,750$9.46$19,680
Nursing Assistants55,400$11.07$23,030
Occupational Therapy Assistants1,390$28.05$58,340
Physical Therapist Assistants2,500$28.38$59,020
Massage Therapists2,760$20.16$41,920
Medical Assistants14,810$14.66$30,500
Medical Transcriptionists1,210$16.47$34,260
Phlebotomists5,120$13.92$28,950