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Imagine starting a career with near-guaranteed job prospects. In the state of Arkansas, the demand for dental assistants is expected to grow by 18.7% in the ten years to 2022. [Seguir leyendo en español]

It doesn’t stop there. You can expect the demand for dental hygienists to grow during the same period by over 27%, which is well above the national average.

Over all, you can expect state job openings to average around 170 per year for both professions during the foreseeable future.

Requirements

Dental Assistants performing the basic supportive procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist do not have to meet any specific education or training requirements.

However, the state of Arkansas defines Expanded Functions, for which permits are required, and defines the title of Registered Dental Assistant.

Expanded Functions include coronal polishing, administering and monitoring nitrous oxide or oxygen analgesia and sedation monitoring. There are specific requirements from the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for each of these.

A Registered Dental Assistant will hold one or more of the Expanded Function permits, and will have either hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or will have graduated from a CODA accredited dental assisting program.

There are further requirements for those wishing to operate dental x-ray equipment.

For more information, see this guide.

In order to become a Dental Hygienist, you must be a graduate of a program that is accredited the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners. You must also successfully take the National Board Examination for Dental Hygiene, the clinical dental hygiene exam administered by Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), and the Arkansas Jurisprudence Examination. You will also need to hold a current Healthcare Provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

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Salaries in Arkansas

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in Arkansas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $29,472, or $14.17 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO500$14.39$29,920
Fort Smith, AR-OK210$14.35$29,840
Hot Springs, AR90$15.61$32,460
Jonesboro, AR140$14.71$30,590
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR690$13.56$28,190
Pine Bluff, AR80$15.12$31,450

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Arkansas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $57,549, or $27.67 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO**$21.74$45,220
Fort Smith, AR-OK190$25.60$53,240
Hot Springs, AR50$31.87$66,290
Jonesboro, AR100$31.23$64,960
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR360$27.19$56,550
 

Dental Assisting

Blytheville, AR

Arkansas Northeastern College

2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
(870) 762-1020 x1114
http://www.anc.edu/allied_health/dental_assisting.htm

The Certificate program at Arkansas Northeastern College is taught at their Blytheville campus. Most of the school’s 1,672 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $1,954, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $2,234 and $3,634 respectively. Arkansas Northeastern College’s program is a one year technical certificate program that aims to train students in the job of dental assisting and upon completion execute their duties in all areas of the modern dental practice. The program selects a class each year and begins in the Fall Semester. It continues through the following Spring Semester and completes at the end of June or Summer I Term for a total of 10 months of instruction and supervised clinical performance.

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091
(479) 636-9222
https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_dental_assisting/

NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Bentonville, AR. The college has about 8,341 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $2,998, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,423 and $5,998 respectively. Clinical, classroom and laboratory instruction provide students with an ample background in all aspects of dentistry. Internships are provided in area offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the local community.

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

Pulaski Technical College

3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-3347
(501) 812-2200
http://www.pulaskitech.edu/programs_of_study/dental/dental_assisting.asp

Pulaski Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of North Little Rock, AR. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 11,938 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,507 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $5,247. This nine-month certificate program begins each August and ends the following May.

Dental Hygiene

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199
(501) 296-1275
http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/programs/dentalhygiene/

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock offers an ADA accredited Bachelor program in Dental Assisting. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 2,809 students, about 71% are postgraduates.

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