Get Trained in Dental Assisting in Arizona

This page provides information for anyone interested in training as a Dental Assistant in Arizona. Below, you will find details on programs of study available across the state. While accreditation status is updated frequently, students are advised to check with each school before committing to a specific program. [Seguir leyendo en español]

According to the Arizona Department of Administration, Office of Employment and Population Statistics, there are currently over 6,820 people employed as Dental Assistants in the State of Arizona and employment is predicted to grow by 14.3% for the ten years to 2024. Taking to account both job replacements and job growth, there are likely to be around 250 job posts available each year in this field. You can also find out about Dental Hygienist Schools in Arizona here.

Requirements

For the basic role of chair-side dental assisting, there are no specific education requirements. However to perform coronal polishing procedures, you will need to pass the specific DANB exam for Arizona (CPEAR). This will give you the title of Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing.

Additionally, to perform the basic dental radiological procedures, you will need to pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam and be certified. The Arizona Radiologic Proficiency Certificate is issued by DANB. Arizona no longer requires the Arizona Clinical Radiologic Proficiency Exam in order to earn the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency Certificate.

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) in Arizona

A dental assistant who wished to perform specified restorative functions must obtain an Arizona Expanded Function-Restorative Certificate. This requires that the dental assistant holds both the Arizona Coronal Polishing and the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency certificates as described above. They must complete a ASBDE-approved EFDA course as part of a CODA-accredited program.

Popular Programs

 

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Arizona can expect to earn an average of $37,500 annually or $18.03 per hour. Over two-thirds of all dental assistant jobs in Arizona are in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area. Salaries in this area are among the highest in the state. The approxiamtely 1,000 dental assistants employed in Tucson earn somewhat less.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Flagstaff, AZ200$16.41$34,130
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ**$15.91$33,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ4,850$18.59$38,670
Prescott, AZ150$16.32$33,950
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ100$19.89$41,380
Tucson, AZ980$16.63$34,590
Yuma, AZ110$15.63$32,520

Well-known Schools

The US Department of Education recognizes 15 dental assistant programs in the State of Arizona. Of these, four are public-run community colleges and the rest are private, for-profit institutions. Your budget for tuition fees and availability to take classes and internships will determine the best school option for you.

Phoenix.

Phoenix College is a community college, centrally located in Encanto Village, Phoenix. It offers both a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Assisting. The program is CODA-accredited. Of reviews at Niche.com, 86% of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes, 73% of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want and 77% of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.
Private colleges in Phoenix offering dental assisting programs and recognized by the Department of Education are Fortis College, Carrington College, Arizona College (in Glendale and Mesa), Brookline College (Phoenix and Tempe) and Pima Medical Institute.
In addition, there are private offerings that are not recognized by the Department of Education and accordingly are not eligible for Federal financial assistance. Phoenix Dental Assistant School offers a 12-week dental assistant program in Phoenix, AZ. The program’s only requirements are to be over 18 years old and to have completed secondary education. Tuition fees are $3,350 and payment plans exist. The Arizona School of Dental Assisting in Phoenix offers a 12-week program for $4,500 tuition fees.

Mesa

Private colleges in Mesa offering dental assisting programs and recognized by the Department of Education are Carrington College, Arizona College and Pima Medical Institute.
In Mesa there are private offerings that are not recognized by the Department of Education and not eligible for Federal financial assistance. The American Institute of Dental Assisting offers a 13-week program in Mesa and is licensed by the Arizona Board of Private Post-Secondary Education. The A-Z School of Dental Assisting and Front Office is located in Gilbert, AZ, just east of Mesa. The total cost of this 12-week program is $4,000.

Glendale

Arizona College is a private college, recognized by the US Department of Education and located in Glendale.

Not recognized by the Department of Education is Altrain Dental Assisting Academy in Glendale which offers a 13-week program and is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Post-Secondary Private Education.

Tempe

Rio Salado is a Maricopa community college in Tempe, and also offers a CODA-accredited program awarding both a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Assisting. The certificate program can be completed in 12 months (including 300 clinical hours with a licensed dentist). Rio Salado also offers a distance-learning program in conjunction with the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA).
Brookline College is a private college, recognized by the US Department of Education and has a campus in Tempe.

Tucson

Pima Community College (not to be confused with Pima Medical Institute) offers an accredited Certificate program in Dental Assisting in Tucson. The program includes at least 336 hours of clinical work in dental clinics or offices. Students have the option of continuing their studies to obtain an AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene.
Carrington College is a private, for-profit college with a campus in Tucson.

Other Locations

Mohave Community College offers a Certificate program at its Neal Campus in Kingman, northwest Arizona.

 

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

Mohave Community College

1971 Jagerson Ave, Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
(928) 757-4331
http://www.mohave.edu/academics/certificates/dentalassist

Mohave Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Kingman in Mohave County, AZ. Most of the school’s 5,220 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $2,040 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Arizona are $7,656. Students have the option of attending full or part-time. The program is offered at the Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art clinical lab and classroom facility on MCC’s Bullhead City campus.

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Anthem College-Phoenix

1515 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85014
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/phoenix-arizona-bryman/dental-assistant/diploma/

The Certificate program at Anthem College is taught at their Phoenix campus. Most of the school’s 1,856 students are on 4-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are around $13,775 per year. Fees for students from other states are $13,775.

Arizona College-Glendale

4425 W Olive Avenue Suite 300, Glendale, Arizona 85302
(602) 222-9300
http://www.arizonacollege.edu/all-programs/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Arizona College is offered at their campus in Glendale in Maricopa County. This private, for-profit college has about 573 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are about $15,024 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $15,024. Arizona College’s accredited program trains students in its Dental Lab, where they learn about and gain experience in the use of the same tools that they will utilize in the field. Arizona College offers a Dental Assistant program with lecture and lab courses to prepare graduates in pursuitof their careers.

Brookline College-Phoenix

2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 242-6265
http://brooklinecollege.edu/college-programs/healthcare/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Brookline College is taught at their Phoenix campus. Most of the school’s 1,186 students are on 4-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are about $14,500 per year. Tuition for students from outside Arizona is $14,500. The goal of the program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge that enable them to promptly enter their careers as dental assistants. Students are trained in clinical, radiographic and administrative procedures. The Diploma Program incorporates courses in Biosciences, Anatomy, Chair-side Assistance and Radiography.

Carrington College-Phoenix

8503 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063
(602) 393-5900
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-assisting/

Carrington College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Phoenix, AZ. This private, for-profit college has around 560 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $14,287 and material costs of $794. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Phoenix College

1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 264-2492
http://www.phoenixcollege.edu/academics/programs/dental-assisting/award/dental-assisting-aas

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Phoenix campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 12,228 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $1,974 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $7,758. The AAS programs prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to exposing x-rays, assisting the dentist in a broad range of dental procedures, perform laboratory and office management functions, coronal polishing and other duties, and patient education.

Phoenix College

1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 264-2492
http://www.phoenixcollege.edu/academics/programs/dental-assisting/award/dental-assisting-ccl

Phoenix College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Phoenix, AZ. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has approximately 12,228 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,974 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $7,758.

Pima Medical Institute-Mesa

957 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 644-0267
http://pmi.edu/Programs/Certificate/Dental-Assistant

Pima Medical Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Mesa, AZ. Most of the school’s 1,401 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are around $11,397 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $11,397.

Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000
https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm?id=42262

Rio Salado College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Tempe, AZ. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 24,342 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $1,974 per year. Tuition for students from outside Arizona is $7,758.

Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000
https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=42263

The Associate’s program at Rio Salado College is offered at their campus in the city of Tempe. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 24,342 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $1,974 per year. Fees for students from other states are $7,758. The Associates Program provides an opportunity for students to practice advanced expanded functions in clinical dental assisting. The distance education format and frequent enrollment openings gives students flexibility in program completion. The program is a mix of academic and clinical coursework that demands attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks in a timely fashion. Each course is taken in a defined chronological order with clinical experience completed in partnership with practicing dentists.

The Bryman School of Arizona

2250 W. Peoria Ave. Suite A-100, Phoenix, Arizona 85029
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/phoenix-arizona-bryman/dental-assistant/associate-degree/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Phoenix campus. The majority of the school’s 604 students are on 2-year programs. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Fees at this school are approximately $14,257 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $14,257.

Tucson, AZ

Pima Community College

4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
(520) 206-4500
http://www.pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/health-professions/dental/dental-assisting/index.html

Pima Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Tucson, AZ. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has about 32,988 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,724 per year. The fees for students from outside Arizona are $8,048.

Pima Medical Institute-Tucson

3350 East Grant Road, Suite 200, Tucson, Arizona 85716
(520) 326-1600
http://pmi.edu/Programs/Certificate/Dental-Assistant

The Certificate program at Pima Medical Institute is taught at their Tucson campus. The majority of the school’s 1,811 students are on 4-year programs. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 90%. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $11,562 and material costs of $714. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

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