Dental Assistant Programs in South Dakota

How to become a Dental Assistant in South Dakota

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

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

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 South Dakota

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
South DakotaLake Area Technical InstituteWatertownCODA

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in South Dakota. 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 Dakota and surrounding states on the map below.

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South Dakota Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (333) 333-3333

Dental Assistant Salary in South Dakota

StateSouth Dakota
Average Salary$38,410
Hourly Wage$18.46
Top 10% of Earners$50,050
Bottom 10% of Earners$27,910
#'s Employed930

The average Dental Assistant salary in South Dakota is $38,410 –  2.1% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.46.

There are currently 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 South Dakota;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
SDEast South Dakota nonmetropolitan area$39,180$18.84250
SDSioux Falls, SD$43,850$21.08260
SDRapid City, SD$34,270$16.48240
SDWest South Dakota nonmetropolitan area$34,040$16.37150

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in South Dakota

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants850$34,310
Physician Assistants510$96,490
Respiratory Therapists330$50,440
Dental Hygienists530$57,350
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers350$59,930
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics860$28,920
Pharmacy Technicians1,180$30,910
Surgical Technologists460$39,170
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians260$29,300
Home Health Aides780$26,500
Nursing Assistants6,200$24,290
Occupational Therapy Assistants60$37,080
Physical Therapist Assistants250$34,990
Massage Therapists80$34,700
Medical Assistants1,030$28,550
Medical Transcriptionists640$30,840