Dental Assistant Programs in Oregon

How to become a Dental Assistant in Oregon

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

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

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 Oregon

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
OregonCentral Oregon Community CollegeBendCODA
OregonLane Community CollegeEugeneCODA
OregonLinn-Benton Community CollegeLebanonCODA
OregonBlue Mountain Community CollegePendletonCODA
OregonPortland Community CollegePortlandCODA
OregonUmpqua Community CollegeRoseburgCODA
OregonChemeketa Community CollegeSalemCODA

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

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Oregon Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (971) 673-3200

Dental Assistant Salary in Oregon

Average Salary$42,470
Hourly Wage$20.42
Top 10% of Earners$54,420
Bottom 10% of Earners$29,960
#'s Employed5,480

The average Dental Assistant salary in Oregon is $42,470 –  12.9% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $20.42.

There are currently 5,480 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 Oregon;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
ORBend-Redmond, OR$46,550$22.38250
ORMedford, OR$43,850$21.08340
ORCorvallis, OR$43,670$21.00110
ORNorth Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area$43,840$21.08120
ORAlbany, OR$40,610$19.53100
ORSouth Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area$39,200$18.85(8) -
ORGrants Pass, OR$40,220$19.34130
ORPortland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA$43,400$20.863,460
OREugene, OR$38,590$18.55590
ORSalem, OR$39,410$18.95630
OREastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area$36,610$17.60180
ORCentral Oregon nonmetropolitan area$36,140$17.38160

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Oregon

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants4,910$41,680
Physician Assistants1,160$104,830
Respiratory Therapists1,130$64,620
Dental Hygienists4,030$77,010
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers550$86,390
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics1,900$38,970
Pharmacy Technicians4,550$36,830
Surgical Technologists1,300$49,000
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,460$33,330
Home Health Aides5,530$23,560
Nursing Assistants11,890$30,140
Occupational Therapy Assistants200$55,350
Physical Therapist Assistants600$53,950
Massage Therapists1,810$52,630
Medical Assistants9,520$34,730
Medical Transcriptionists850$38,540