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.
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 North Carolina
|North Carolina||Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville||CODA||http://www.abtech.edu/dental|
|North Carolina||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry||Chapel Hill||CODA||http://www.dent.unc.edu|
|North Carolina||Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte||CODA||http://www.cpcc.edu|
|North Carolina||Brightwood College||Charlotte||CODA|
|North Carolina||Fayetteville Technical Community College||Fayetteville||CODA||http://www.faytechcc.edu/health_programs/dentalhyg.aspx|
|North Carolina||Wayne Community College||Goldsboro||CODA||http://www.waynecc.edu|
|North Carolina||Alamance Community College||Graham||CODA|
|North Carolina||Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville||CODA||http://www.CoastalCarolina.edu|
|North Carolina||Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown||CODA||http://degreeprograms.gtcc.edu/dental-hygiene/|
|North Carolina||Western Piedmont Community College||Morganton||CODA|
|North Carolina||Miller-Motte College||Raleigh||CODA||http://www.miller-motte.edu|
|North Carolina||Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh||CODA|
|North Carolina||Rowan-Cabarrus Community College||Salisbury||CODA||http://www.rccc.edu|
|North Carolina||Central Carolina Community College||Sanford||CODA||http://www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/dental/|
|North Carolina||Montgomery Community College||Troy||CODA|
|North Carolina||Wilkes Community College||Wilkesboro||CODA|
|North Carolina||Martin Community College||Williamston||CODA|
|North Carolina||Miller-Motte College||Wilmington||CODA||http://www.miller-motte.edu/campuses/wilmington-career-training|
|North Carolina||Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington||CODA||http://www.cfcc.edu/dh|
|North Carolina||Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem||CODA||http://www.forsythtech.edu|
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.
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
Dental Assistant Salary in North Carolina
|Top 10% of Earners||$54,410|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$29,870|
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;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|NC||New Bern, NC||$44,690||$21.48||140|
|NC||Rocky Mount, NC||$38,130||$18.33||100|
|NC||Greensboro-High Point, NC||$38,750||$18.63||670|
|NC||Durham-Chapel Hill, NC||$41,440||$19.92||720|
|NC||Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area||$39,430||$18.96||110|
|NC||Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area||$39,430||$18.96||520|
|NC||Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area||$34,780||$16.72||250|
|NC||Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area||$39,040||$18.77||460|
*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;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||1,900||$31.27||$65,030|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||10,180||$15.98||$33,230|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||3,210||$14.84||$30,860|
|Home Health Aides||47,750||$9.46||$19,680|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||1,390||$28.05||$58,340|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||2,500||$28.38||$59,020|