Train Up in Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene in Alaska

The job outlook for both Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists in Alaska is very solid, with both professions expecting to grow by over 27% between 2010 and 2012. [Seguir leyendo en español]

There are currently over 1,000 assistants working in the state and almost 600 hygienists, and you could soon be joining their ranks.

Requirements

While, at the basic level, there are no specific education requirements for dental assistants in Alaska, certain procedures require either certification or licensure from the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners. A certificate is required to perform coronal polishing procedures and you must be licensed to perform specified restorative functions.

There are no requirements for the operation of dental x-ray equipment and performance dental radiographic procedures.

For full details of allowable and prohibited duties for dental assistants in Alaska, see this guide.

To become a dental hygienist, you are required to hold at least an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. The program must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA. Additionally you must take the National Board Dental Examination.

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Salaries in Alaska

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Alaska can expect to earn an average of $42,914 annually or $20.63 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Anchorage, AK780$21.73$45,200
Fairbanks, AK190$20.74$43,130

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Alaska, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $73,655, or $35.42 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Anchorage, AK310$49.80$103,580
Fairbanks, AK70$50.83$105,730

Dental Assisting

Anchorage, AK

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-1800
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/dentalassisting/

The University of Alaska at Anchorage offers a Dental Assistant Associate’s program. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year public college with 17,497 students, of which 94% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $5,147 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $15,206. Campus accommodation is available. This Certificate program provides students to skills and knowledge necessary to be competent in the dental assisting field, and grounds them in the professional standards according to OSHA, ADA, OSAP, ADAA as well and radiation health and safety standards.

Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska Fairbanks

505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211
http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/programs/allied_health.html

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks offers a Certificate program in Dental Assisting. Of the 9,223 students, about 13% are postgraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,984 per year. Fees for students from other states are $15,560. Campus accommodation is available. The Certificate program requires a minimum of 34 credits and prepares students in dental administrative procedures, dental radiography, infection control, anatomy and a range of practical skills.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211
http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/programs/allied_health.html

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks offers a Dental Assistant Associate’s program. Of the 9,223 students, about 13% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,984 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $15,560. Campus accommodation is available. The AS program is a 61 credit program, and takes the Certificate program’s base and adds Anatomy and Physiology, nutrition and an introduction to pharmacology.

Dental Hygiene

Anchorage, AK

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-1800
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/dentalhygiene/bachelorofscience.cfm

The University of Alaska Anchorage at Anchorage offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 17,497 students, about 6% are postgraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $5,147 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $15,206.

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-1800
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/dentalhygiene/associateofappliedscience.cfm

The University of Alaska Anchorage at Anchorage offers a Dental Assistant Associate’s program. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Of the 17,497 students, about 6% are postgraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $5,147 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $15,206.

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