Dental Assistant Programs in Pennsylvania

How to become a Dental Assistant in Pennsylvania

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Pennsylvania

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
PennsylvaniaHarcum CollegeBryn MawrCODAhttp://www.harcum.edu
PennsylvaniaHarrisburg Area Community CollegeHarrisburgCODAhttp://www.hacc.edu
PennsylvaniaManor CollegeJenkintownCODAhttp://www.manor.edu
PennsylvaniaLuzerne County Community CollegeNanticokeCODAhttp://www.luzerne.edu
PennsylvaniaBradford SchoolPittsburghCODAhttp://www.bradfordpittsburgh.edu
PennsylvaniaWestmoreland County Community CollegeYoungwoodCODAhttp://www.wccc.edu

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

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Pennsylvania Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (717) 783-7162
Website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Dentistry/Pages/default.aspx#.VzYimZF96Un

Dental Assistant Salary in Pennsylvania

StatePennsylvania
Average Salary$37,870
Hourly Wage$18.21
Top 10% of Earners$52,610
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,980
#'s Employed10,930

The average Dental Assistant salary in Pennsylvania is $37,870 –  0.6% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.21.

There are currently 10,930 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 Pennsylvania;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
PAMontgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA$42,410$20.392,000
PAReading, PA$40,790$19.61270
PALancaster, PA$42,640$20.50690
PAWilliamsport, PA$38,920$18.7160
PAChambersburg-Waynesboro, PA$36,760$17.67120
PALebanon, PA$38,030$18.2890
PAEast Stroudsburg, PA$36,630$17.61100
PAHarrisburg-Carlisle, PA$35,610$17.12740
PAAllentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$38,870$18.69810
PASouthern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area$35,120$16.89310
PAState College, PA$33,960$16.33(8) -
PAScranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA$37,880$18.21600
PAPittsburgh, PA$36,510$17.551,940
PANorthern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area$33,640$16.17250
PAYork-Hanover, PA$35,620$17.12320
PAAltoona, PA$36,540$17.57150
PAJohnstown, PA$29,050$13.9790
PAPhiladelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD$40,560$19.505,950
PABloomsburg-Berwick, PA$37,860$18.2060
PAWestern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area$35,010$16.83200
PAErie, PA$29,490$14.18260
PAGettysburg, PA$32,470$15.6160
PAPhiladelphia, PA$36,730$17.661,780

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Pennsylvania

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants11,640$16.78$34,890
Physician Assistants5,610$42.12$87,610
Respiratory Therapists5,200$27.88$57,990
Dental Hygienists9,650$30.21$62,830
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers2,480$31.12$64,730
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics12,320$15.67$32,590
Pharmacy Technicians14,930$14.38$29,900
Surgical Technologists3,560$20.28$42,180
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians4,720$16.37$34,050
Home Health Aides51,300$10.58$22,000
Nursing Assistants72,680$13.68$28,460
Occupational Therapy Assistants2,300$22.68$47,170
Physical Therapist Assistants4,550$23.08$48,010
Massage Therapists2,730$17.20$35,780
Medical Assistants26,490$14.71$30,590
Medical Transcriptionists3,000$16.80$34,940
Phlebotomists5,330$15.61$32,470