Find Dental Assistant Training in Alabama

With excellent job growth prospects in the Dental Assisting profession, now is a good moment to start your training in Alabama. [Seguir leyendo en Español]

Nationwide, the demand for Dental Assistants is expected to increase by around 18% between 2014 and 2024. The Alabama Department of Labor predicts a similar 10-year growth rate in the State. Find out about dental hygienist schools in Alabama

This growth rate is significantly faster than the growth rates for other professions, and reflects the growing expansion in the healthcare sector in the US.

State Requirements

The state of Alabama has no specific training requirements for the basic level of dental assisting. This level involves basic supportive dental procedures, as defined by the State’s dental practice act, under the supervision of an appropriately licensed dentist.

Additionally, there are no specific requirements for dental radiography, and all dental assistants may perform radiographic procedures and operate x-ray equipment.

Dental Assistants are not allowed to remove extrinsic stains, accretions and calcareous deposits from teeth, or place pit and fissure sealant. For more information, see this guide to allowable and prohibited duties.

Licensing of Expanded Duty Dental Assistants

A law passed by the state legislature in 2013 (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 34-9-26) allows the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners to license Expanded Duty Dental Assistants (EDDA) (nationally known as Expanded Function Dental Assistants or EFDA). The rules to implement this law are still being drafted and at present there are no specific requirements.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Alabama earned an average of $32,430 annually or $15.59 per hour in 2016. Almost a third of dental assistant jobs in Alabama are found in the Birmingham – Hoover area. Another third of all jobs in the state are shared between Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL90$15.24$31,710
Auburn-Opelika, AL100$13.58$28,240
Birmingham-Hoover, AL830$16.73$34,810
Columbus, GA-AL280$16.76$34,850
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL230$16.13$33,540
Decatur, AL110$17.23$35,840
Dothan, AL160$16.88$35,110
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL80$15.29$31,790
Gadsden, AL**$16.10$33,490
Huntsville, AL290$15.19$31,590
Mobile, AL220$14.20$29,540
Montgomery, AL310$14.55$30,270
Tuscaloosa, AL200$14.41$29,970

Well-known Schools

There are currently 11 dental assistant programs recognized by the US Department of Education in Alabama, of which five are state community colleges (with lower tuition fees), one is a four-year university (The University of Alabama at Birmingham) and the others are private, for-profit institutions.

Dental Assistant Schools in Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry (UAB) offers a Certificate program which includes approximately 500 hours of clinical experience, providing students with the opportunity to assist with a broad variety of patient procedures. This program is fully approved by the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama. Note that UAB does not currently (2016) offer a dental hygienist program.

Lawson State Community College in Birmingham offers a CODA-accredited dental assistant Certificate program at its Birmingham Campus on the southwest of the city. There is also an option to complete an Associate in Occupational Technologies degree. The program provides clinical experience through internships in private dental offices, UAB’s School of Dentistry and Veteran’s Hospital.

Private options include Brown Mackie and Fortis College Birmingham campuses.

Not recognized by the US Department of Labor (and therefore not eligible for financial assistance), but licensed by the State of Alabama’s Department of Postsecondary Education, is Dr. Brian Barnes, DMD’s Brookwood Dental Assisting Program. The program consists of 10 consecutive weeks, with classes on Saturdays. We have no current information on Brookwood Dental Assistant program tuition fees.

Dental Assistant Schools in Montgomery

H Councill Trenholm State Community College, located to the west of the city, offers dental assisting training with three possible awards: an Associate degree, a Certificate and a two-term Short Term Certificate. Tuition fees range from just under $4,000 for the Short Term Certificate to just over $9,000 for the Associate Degree.

Fortis College also offers a program in Montgomery.

Other locations

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville in Cullman County, James H Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, John C Calhoun State Community College in Tanner are all public institutions offering CODA-accredited dental assistant programs.

Fortis College in Mobile and Ross Medical Education Center in Huntsville are private options.

The US Department of Education does not recognize any dental assistant school in Auburn, Gadsden or Tuscaloosa.

Dental Assisting

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Brown Mackie College-Birmingham

105 Vulcan Road, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama 35209-4701
(205) 909-1500
http://www.brownmackie.edu/birmingham/healthcare-and-wellness-programs/dental-assistant-d-300112.aspx

Brown Mackie College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Birmingham in Jefferson County, AL.This private, for-profit college has about 821 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. Fees at this school are about $12,150 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $12,150.

Fortis Institute

100 London Pkwy Ste 150, Birmingham, Alabama 35211
(205) 940-7800 x4911
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/100-london-parkway-birmingham-al.aspx

Fortis Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Birmingham, AL. The majority of the school’s 945 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are about $15,224 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $15,224.

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus

3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717
(205) 925-2515
http://www.lawsonstate.edu/programs_of_study/lscc_programs/health_professions_programs/dental_assistant.aspx

Lawson State Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Birmingham, AL. This public college has approximately 3,419 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,230 per year, while students from other states will pay $7,590. Campus accommodation is available. This program is accredited by CODA, the Commission on Dental Accredition. Clinical experience is facilitated through internships at Veterans Hospital, the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry and also at private dental offices.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011
http://www.uab.edu/dentistry/home/students/future-students/dental-assisting

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a Certificate program in Dental Assisting. This is a full, 4-year public college with 17,999 students, of which 63% are undergraduates. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 80%. In-state tuition is approximately $7,206 per year. Tuition for students from outside Alabama is $16,398. Campus accommodation is available. This program at UAB School of Dentistry aims to provide the educational background and training necessary for graduates to become skilled in the execution of their duties and knowledgeable about the delivery of dental health care.

Cullman, AL

George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville

801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
(256) 352-8000
http://www.wallacestate.edu/Programs/Health-Division/Dental-Assisting/index

The Associate’s program at George C Wallace State Community College is offered at their campus in the town of Hanceville. This program of study is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 5,391 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,200 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $7,530. Campus accommodation is available.

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

James H Faulkner State Community College

1900 US Hwy 31 S, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507-2698
(251) 580-2100
http://www.faulknerstate.edu/programs/majors_and_departments/dental_assisting.aspx

The Certificate program at James H Faulkner State Community College is taught at their Bay Minette campus. The program is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 4,400 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,200 per year. The fees for students from outside Alabama are $7,530. Campus accommodation is available. The program can admit a maximum of 25 students and there is a point system to determine admittance.

Huntsville, AL

John C Calhoun State Community College

6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, Alabama 35671
(256) 306-2500
http://www.calhoun.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/Program/Health/DentalAssisting.pdf

The Associate’s program at John C Calhoun State Community College is taught at their Tanner campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 11,177 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,140 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Alabama are $7,410. Students enrolled in the Certificate program may complete their studies in 1 year, or, by completing one year and one semester of study, a student can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Mobile, AL

Fortis College-Mobile

3590 Pleasant Valley Rd, Mobile, Alabama 36609
(251) 344-1203 x3111
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/3590-pleasant-valley-road-mobile-al.aspx

Fortis College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Mobile, AL. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 398 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are approximately $17,255 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $17,255.

Montgomery, AL

H Councill Trenholm State Technical College

1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, Alabama 36108-3199
(334) 420-4300
http://www.trenholmstate.edu/academics/dental-assisting.cms

The Certificate program at H Councill Trenholm State Technical College is offered at their campus in the city of Montgomery. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has about 1,445 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,288 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Alabama is $5,952.

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