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
|Washington||Bellingham Technical College||Bellingham||CODA||http://www.btc.edu/|
|Washington||Lake Washington Institute of Technology||Kirkland||CODA||http://www.lwtech.edu|
|Washington||Clover Park Technical College||Lakewood||CODA|
|Washington||South Puget Sound Community College||Olympia||CODA||http://www.spscc.edu|
|Washington||Renton Technical College||Renton||CODA|
|Washington||Seattle Vocational Institute||Seattle||CODA||http://www.seattlecentralcolleges.edu|
|Washington||Spokane Community College||Spokane||CODA|
|Washington||Bates Technical College||Tacoma||CODA||http://www.bates.ctc.edu/DentalLab|
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.
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
Dental Assistant Salary in Washington
|Top 10% of Earners||$66,610|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$32,910|
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;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|WA||Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA||$39,810||$19.14||860|
|WA||Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area||$44,910||$21.59||190|
|WA||Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA||$41,150||$19.78||140|
|WA||Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area||$44,680||$21.48||240|
|WA||Walla Walla, WA||$37,090||$17.83||80|
|WA||East Washington nonmetropolitan area||$37,100||$17.84||120|
|WA||Central Washington nonmetropolitan area||$36,330||$17.47||120|
*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;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||1,480||$40.92||$85,120|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||2,880||$28.06||$58,370|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||1,850||$17.56||$36,530|
|Home Health Aides||7,610||$12.37||$25,720|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||400||$28.88||$60,070|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||1,290||$27.73||$57,680|