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.
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 Pennsylvania
|Pennsylvania||Harcum College||Bryn Mawr||CODA||http://www.harcum.edu|
|Pennsylvania||Harrisburg Area Community College||Harrisburg||CODA||http://www.hacc.edu|
|Pennsylvania||Luzerne County Community College||Nanticoke||CODA||http://www.luzerne.edu|
|Pennsylvania||Westmoreland County Community College||Youngwood||CODA||http://www.wccc.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 Pennsylvania and surrounding states on the map below.
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
Dental Assistant Salary in Pennsylvania
|Top 10% of Earners||$52,610|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$25,980|
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;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|PA||Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA||$42,410||$20.39||2,000|
|PA||East Stroudsburg, PA||$36,630||$17.61||100|
|PA||Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area||$35,120||$16.89||310|
|PA||State College, PA||$33,960||$16.33||(8) -|
|PA||Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area||$33,640||$16.17||250|
|PA||Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area||$35,010||$16.83||200|
*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;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||2,480||$31.12||$64,730|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||12,320||$15.67||$32,590|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||4,720||$16.37||$34,050|
|Home Health Aides||51,300||$10.58||$22,000|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||2,300||$22.68||$47,170|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||4,550||$23.08||$48,010|