Dental
Dental Assistant

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Salary: $19,928 - $31,744
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Hourly: $10.58 - $17.13
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: up to 1 year
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Length of Training/Requirements
Students may attend an accredited dental assistant program at a community college, junior college, or technical training program. Most certification programs last 9 to 11 months.

Licensure/Certification

Certification is voluntary in Texas. Dental Assistants with on-the-job experience or training may take the national exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) or a Certified Dental Practice Management Assistant (CDPMA). Dental Assistants administering nitrous oxide must take a short course and pass a test administered by the supervising dentist. All Dental Assistants taking radiographs must be certified with the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE).

Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Amarillo College Amarillo C
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Austin Community College Austin C
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Blinn College Brenham C
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi C
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El Paso Community College District El Paso C
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Grayson County College Denison C
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston C
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Lamar State College-Orange (TSUS) Orange C
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San Antonio College (ACCD) San Antonio C
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Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (TSTC) Harlingen C
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Texas State Technical College-Waco (TSTC) Waco C
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Weatherford College Weatherford C
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate