Becoming a Dental Assistant in Denver, Colorado

Colorado’s capital, Denver, also known as the Mile-High City, is one of America’s fastest-growing major cities. US News & World Report chose Denver as the best place to live in the U.S. in 2016. Known for its mining, agriculture and energy industries, Denver is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts, who ski in the nearby mountains in winter and hike, climb, kayak and camp during the summer months.

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In order to become a dental assistant in Denver, the state requires that you be at least 18 years of age and have earned Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification or on-the-job training by a dentist or dental hygienist using an educational module approved by the Colorado Dental Board, OR.

Dental Assistant Schools in Denver

There are several dental assistant schools in Denver, and you can choose the area of the city and the time of week you’d like to study. Full-time classes may work well for some, while others may prefer to take advantage of flexible scheduling that allows you to work while going to school.

  • Emily Griffith Technical College, Denver. This school in downtown Denver offers a hybrid program of in-person theory classes and practical, hands-on classes in dental labs, where students will develop their skills in chair-side, patient education, radiology and laboratory work. The program is full-time for eight months and is followed by an internship.
  • Denver Dental Assistant School, Lakewood. This 12-week program offers a 40-hour externship, comprehensive training and flexible payment plans. Classes are held Saturdays only, from 8AM to 5PM, with morning lectures and class discussions. Afternoon classes are hands-on, in dental labs and practices.

Career Outlook and Salary Expectations

Nearly 4,000 dental assistants work in the greater Denver area, where their average hourly rate of pay is $19.57. That translates to $40,710 annually.

Denver is growing at least one percent per year and ranked fifth in the large city growth category.

Working as a Dental Assistant in Denver

If you hear the great outdoors calling to you, working as a dental assistant in Denver will allow you unbeatable mountain access and a career lifestyle that lets you spend your weekends the way you want to. Some dental clinics in Denver were offering modest signing bonuses in 2018, and job prospects throughout the state and in Colorado’s capital are good.

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