Dental Assistant Programs in Rhode Island

How to become a Dental Assistant in Rhode Island

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Rhode Island

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
Rhode IslandCommunity College of Rhode IslandLincolnCODA

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

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Rhode Island Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (401) 222-2357
Website: http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings/index.php?page=view_entity&id=114

Dental Assistant Salary in Rhode Island

StateRhode Island
Average Salary$41,490
Hourly Wage$19.95
Top 10% of Earners$52,430
Bottom 10% of Earners$31,260
#'s Employed860

The average Dental Assistant salary in Rhode Island is $41,490 –  103.% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $19.95.

There are currently 860 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 Rhode Island;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
RIProvidence-Warwick, RI-MA$40,980$19.70960

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Rhode Island

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants900$38,700
Physician Assistants230$114,650
Respiratory Therapists330$62,460
Dental Hygienists1,020$73,140
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers380$70,760
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics800$36,340
Pharmacy Technicians1,400$32,560
Surgical Technologists240$51,140
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians270$35,750
Home Health Aides3,730$26,610
Nursing Assistants9,250$29,090
Occupational Therapy Assistants220$57,480
Physical Therapist Assistants310$53,240
Massage Therapists210$36,660
Medical Assistants2,900$33,730
Medical Transcriptionists150$39,290
Phlebotomists820$37,470