Dental Assistant Programs in Virginia

How to become a Dental Assistant in Virginia

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

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

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 Virginia

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
VirginiaGermanna Community CollegeLocust GroveCODA
VirginiaJ. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmondCODA
VirginiaFortis CollegeRichmondCODA
VirginiaNorthern Virginia Community CollegeSpringfieldCODA

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

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Virginia Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (804) 367-4538

Dental Assistant Salary in Virginia

Average Salary$42,850
Hourly Wage$20.60
Top 10% of Earners$62,210
Bottom 10% of Earners$27,800
#'s Employed8,020

The average Dental Assistant salary in Virginia is $42,850 –  13.9% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $20.60.

There are currently 8,020 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 Virginia;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
VARoanoke, VA$39,820$19.15270
VACharlottesville, VA$39,030$18.77200
VABlacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA$41,560$19.9890
VALynchburg, VA$43,660$20.99250
VARichmond, VA$40,060$19.261,170
VAVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC$37,800$18.171,820
VAHarrisonburg, VA$40,340$19.39130
VANorthwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area$33,980$16.3490
VASouthwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area$31,710$15.25180
VAStaunton-Waynesboro, VA$37,590$18.07160
VASouthside Virginia nonmetropolitan area$33,640$16.18(8) -
VAWinchester, VA-WV$38,090$18.31110
VANortheast Virginia nonmetropolitan area$35,530$17.0860

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Virginia

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants8,460$18.43$38,340
Physician Assistants2,170$42.89$89,210
Respiratory Therapists2,430$28.45$59,170
Dental Hygienists4,480$38.67$80,430
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,550$34.19$71,110
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics4,840$15.53$32,310
Pharmacy Technicians8,590$14.19$29,510
Surgical Technologists2,570$23.26$48,380
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,480$17.23$35,840
Home Health Aides10,370$10.77$22,390
Nursing Assistants35,790$12.07$25,100
Occupational Therapy Assistants870$29.02$60,370
Physical Therapist Assistants2,410$24.80$51,580
Massage Therapists2,370$18.71$38,910
Medical Assistants11,230$15.15$31,510
Medical Transcriptionists1,510$15.10$31,410