Dental Assistant Programs in South Carolina

How to become a Dental Assistant in South Carolina

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


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

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in South Carolina

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
South CarolinaAiken Technical CollegeAikenCODA
South CarolinaTrident Technical CollegeCharlestonCODA
South CarolinaMidlands Technical CollegeColumbiaCODAhttp://www.midlandstech.edu
South CarolinaFlorence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceCODAhttp://www.fdtc.edu
South CarolinaGreenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleCODAhttp://www.greenvilletechnicalcollege.edu/dentalhygiene
South CarolinaHorry-Georgetown Technical CollegeMyrtle BeachCODAhttp://www.hgtc.edu
South CarolinaTri-County Technical CollegePendletonCODA
South CarolinaYork Technical CollegeRock HillCODAhttp://www.yorktech.edu
South CarolinaSpartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburgCODA

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

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South Carolina Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (803) 896-4300
Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Dentistry/

Dental Assistant Salary in South Carolina

StateSouth Carolina
Average Salary$38,110
Hourly Wage$18.32
Top 10% of Earners$50,740
Bottom 10% of Earners$27,900
#'s Employed4,400

The average Dental Assistant salary in South Carolina is $38,110 –  1.3% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.32.

There are currently 4,400 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 South Carolina;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
SCHilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC$38,630$18.57290
SCCharleston-North Charleston, SC$41,060$19.74660
SCMyrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC$40,190$19.32430
SCColumbia, SC$37,680$18.12710
SCSpartanburg, SC$36,530$17.56460
SCLow Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area$36,920$17.7580
SCUpper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area$37,440$18.00130
SCGreenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC$37,560$18.06890
SCFlorence, SC$38,540$18.53180
SCSumter, SC$32,430$15.59120
SCLower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area$35,510$17.0790
SCEastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area$28,530$13.72140
SCPee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area$33,680$16.1970

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in South Carolina

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Physician Assistants1,120$86,670
Respiratory Therapists1,830$52,920
Dental Hygienists2,680$59,230
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers760$59,050
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics5,130$31,800
Pharmacy Technicians6,030$30,060
Surgical Technologists1,760$38,210
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,490$29,940
Home Health Aides10,000$20,280
Nursing Assistants18,400$24,100
Occupational Therapy Assistants370$59,780
Physical Therapist Assistants1,180$56,380
Massage Therapists1,130$36,900
Dental Assistants3,570$35,120
Medical Assistants8,960$29,320
Medical Transcriptionists770$35,570
Phlebotomists1,530$26,910