Dental Assistant Programs in West Virginia

How to become a Dental Assistant in West Virginia

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

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

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
West VirginiaMercer County Technical Education CenterPrincetonCODA

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

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West Virginia Dental Assistant License Requirements

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

Phone: (877) 914-8266

Dental Assistant Salary in West Virginia

StateWest Virginia
Average Salary$29,860
Hourly Wage$14.36
Top 10% of Earners$40,150
Bottom 10% of Earners$20,020
#'s Employed1,230

The average Dental Assistant salary in West Virginia is $29,860 –  20.6% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $14.36.

There are currently 1,230 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 West Virginia;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
WVBeckley, WV$31,580$15.18(8) -
WVMorgantown, WV$33,300$16.01110
WVParkersburg-Vienna, WV$31,640$15.2170
WVWheeling, WV-OH$31,240$15.02110
WVWeirton-Steubenville, WV-OH$31,010$14.9150
WVHuntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH$31,550$15.17260
WVNorthern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area$28,110$13.52260
WVSouthern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area$27,790$13.36170
WVCharleston, WV$27,950$13.44190

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

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in West Virginia

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

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants1,170$13.66$28,410
Physician Assistants900$43.59$90,670
Respiratory Therapists850$23.45$48,770
Dental Hygienists1,030$26.16$54,410
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers500$27.56$57,320
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,360$13.36$27,790
Pharmacy Technicians3,000$12.90$26,840
Surgical Technologists600$18.36$38,180
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians350$12.60$26,210
Home Health Aides4,410$9.19$19,110
Nursing Assistants6,810$11.58$24,080
Occupational Therapy Assistants250$26.85$55,840
Physical Therapist Assistants830$24.24$50,420
Massage Therapists200$16.48$34,270
Medical Assistants3,380$12.28$25,550
Medical Transcriptionists370$14.90$30,990