Dental Assistant Programs in Washington

How to become a Dental Assistant in Washington

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


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

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 Washington

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
WashingtonBellingham Technical CollegeBellinghamCODAhttp://www.btc.edu/
WashingtonLake Washington Institute of TechnologyKirklandCODAhttp://www.lwtech.edu
WashingtonClover Park Technical CollegeLakewoodCODA
WashingtonSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeOlympiaCODAhttp://www.spscc.edu
WashingtonRenton Technical CollegeRentonCODA
WashingtonSeattle Vocational InstituteSeattleCODAhttp://www.seattlecentralcolleges.edu
WashingtonSpokane Community CollegeSpokaneCODA
WashingtonBates Technical CollegeTacomaCODAhttp://www.bates.ctc.edu/DentalLab

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

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Washington Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (800) 525-0127
Website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Dentist

Dental Assistant Salary in Washington

StateWashington DC
Average Salary$49,210
Hourly Wage$23.66
Top 10% of Earners$66,610
Bottom 10% of Earners$32,910
#'s Employed640

The average Dental Assistant salary in Washington is $42,540 –  13% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $20.45.

There are currently 10,580 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 Washington;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
WABellingham, WA$42,950$20.65260
WABremerton-Silverdale, WA$43,310$20.82410
WAOlympia-Tumwater, WA$44,210$21.26430
WASeattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA$45,680$21.964,670
WASpokane-Spokane Valley, WA$39,810$19.14860
WAWenatchee, WA$42,500$20.43150
WASeattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA$43,950$21.135,910
WANorthwest Washington nonmetropolitan area$44,910$21.59190
WAMount Vernon-Anacortes, WA$41,150$19.78140
WASouthwest Washington nonmetropolitan area$44,680$21.48240
WAWalla Walla, WA$37,090$17.8380
WAEast Washington nonmetropolitan area$37,100$17.84120
WACentral Washington nonmetropolitan area$36,330$17.47120
WATacoma-Lakewood, WA$37,380$17.971,230
WAKennewick-Richland, WA$40,760$19.60270
WAYakima, WA$37,550$18.05420
WALongview, WA$37,360$17.96140

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Washington

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants9,870$19.55$40,660
Physician Assistants2,010$52.15$108,480
Respiratory Therapists1,990$32.53$67,660
Dental Hygienists6,020$42.73$88,870
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,480$40.92$85,120
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,880$28.06$58,370
Pharmacy Technicians7,320$19.70$40,980
Surgical Technologists1,960$25.48$53,000
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,850$17.56$36,530
Home Health Aides7,610$12.37$25,720
Nursing Assistants24,920$14.15$29,430
Occupational Therapy Assistants400$28.88$60,070
Physical Therapist Assistants1,290$27.73$57,680
Massage Therapists4,090$25.86$53,780
Medical Assistants12,880$17.50$36,400
Medical Transcriptionists1,610$20.57$42,790
Phlebotomists2,290$17.05$35,460