Dental Assistant Programs in Texas

How to become a Dental Assistant in Texas

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

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

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 Texas

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
TexasAmarillo CollegeAmarilloCODA
TexasDel Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiCODA
TexasGrayson CollegeDenisonCODA
TexasEl Paso Community CollegeEl PasoCODA
TexasMedical Education and Training CampusFt. Sam HoustonCODA
TexasColeman College for Health SciencesHoustonCODA
TexasSan Antonio CollegeSan AntonioCODA
TexasTyler Junior CollegeTylerCODA

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

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Texas Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (512) 463-6400

Dental Assistant Salary in Texas

Average Salary$35,920
Hourly Wage$17.27
Top 10% of Earners$49,460
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,050
#'s Employed29,790

The average Dental Assistant salary in Texas is $35,920 –  4.5% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.27.

There are currently 29,790 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 Texas;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
TXAustin-Round Rock, TX$41,390$19.902,400
TXDallas-Plano-Irving, TX$39,010$18.756,650
TXOdessa, TX$44,090$21.20170
TXKilleen-Temple, TX$36,030$17.32470
TXSherman-Denison, TX$34,590$16.63140
TXMidland, TX$36,930$17.75110
TXCorpus Christi, TX$37,830$18.19390
TXWaco, TX$33,560$16.14210
TXAmarillo, TX$34,220$16.45310
TXSan Antonio-New Braunfels, TX$32,910$15.823,420
TXWichita Falls, TX$39,600$19.04120
TXDallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX$37,790$18.179,220
TXLaredo, TX$33,290$16.00170
TXTyler, TX$33,310$16.01400
TXVictoria, TX$33,110$15.9290
TXLongview, TX$34,520$16.59170
TXTexarkana, TX-AR$34,330$16.51120
TXHill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$34,880$16.77390
TXLubbock, TX$33,330$16.02380
TXHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX$35,540$17.097,090
TXBeaumont-Port Arthur, TX$34,300$16.49380
TXAbilene, TX$34,050$16.37200
TXBig Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$35,390$17.02230
TXCoastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$35,090$16.87290
TXBrownsville-Harlingen, TX$33,730$16.22310
TXSan Angelo, TX$32,490$15.62120
TXFort Worth-Arlington, TX$34,620$16.642,570
TXNorth Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$29,460$14.16470
TXWest Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$30,080$14.46260
TXCollege Station-Bryan, TX$32,700$15.72190
TXMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX$29,320$14.10550
TXEl Paso, TX$31,280$15.04820
TXBorder Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area$29,560$14.2150

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Texas

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Assistants26,380$35,260
Physician Assistants5,990$99,580
Respiratory Therapists10,890$56,450
Dental Hygienists12,980$72,320
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers4,650$74,640
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics18,270$36,050
Pharmacy Technicians32,000$32,580
Surgical Technologists9,790$45,100
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians9,020$29,740
Home Health Aides62,930$19,950
Nursing Assistants82,660$24,550
Occupational Therapy Assistants3,840$71,100
Physical Therapist Assistants6,270$72,820
Massage Therapists5,270$38,770
Medical Assistants57,180$29,180
Medical Transcriptionists4,290$35,310