Education options for Dental Assisting in Connecticut

There are around 3,850 people employed as dental assistants in Connecticut, and growth prospects in this state and across the nation are promising. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The demand is expected to growth in the 10 years to 2024 by 10.1% for dental assistants in Connecticut and by 18% nationally. You can therefore anticipate a good number of job openings each year for the foreseeable future. (Want to become a dental hygienist in CT?)

Requirements

Compared with other states, the requirements for dental assistants are not onerous. There are no specific education requirements for persons performing basic supportive dental procedures under the close supervision of a licensed dentist, as defined by state dental practice law. (See this guide for more information). However from January 1, 2018 all dental assistants (including Expanded Function Dental Assistants) are required to demonstrate having passed the DANB’s Infection Control Exam (ICE).

In order to perform radiographic procedures in a dental setting or to operate x-ray equipment, a dental assistant is required to pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam (RHS).

Expanded Function Dental Assistant

A bill approving the creation of an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) in Connecticut was signed in May 2016. EFDAs need to hold DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) certification, complete an EFDA education program at a CODA-accredited program, and pass the DANB’s exams in preventive and restorative functions. The State is in the process of developing and adopting regulations to implement this new law.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Connecticut can expect to earn an average of $42,630 annually or $20.50 per hour. There are just over 3,800 people employed in the profession in Connecticut. Just over a third of jobs are in the greater Hartford area.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT960$22.29$46,360
Danbury, CT280$19.60$40,760
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT1,320$19.61$40,800
New Haven, CT660$20.06$41,720
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI260$20.07$41,740
Springfield, MA-CT740$20.16$41,940
Waterbury, CT230$19.79$41,170
Worcester, MA-CT500$21.99$45,740

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Connecticut can expect to earn an average of $41,150 annually or $19.79 per hour. There are just over 3,800 people employed in the profession in Connecticut. Just over a third of jobs are in the greater Hartford area.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT890$20.29$42,200
Danbury, CT270$18.41$38,300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT1,390$19.98$41,560
New Haven, CT600$19.49$40,530
Waterbury, CT300$18.47$38,410
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI260$19.17$39,860
Springfield, MA-CT770$20.45$42,540
Worcester, MA-CT600$21.30$44,290

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford

670 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, Connecticut 06615-7158
(203) 375-4463
https://www.porterchester.com/career-programs/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford is offered at their campus in the city of Stratford. The college has about 2,584 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Fees at this college are about $18,519 per year. Fees for students from other states are $18,519. Students learn how to take patient histories and assist chairside in procedures such as dental exams, root canals, tooth fillings, bridge and crown work, oral surgery and orthodontics in Porter and Chester’s clinical labs. They also learn how to construct temporary crowns, take impressions, use sealants and bleaching trays and develop digital and analog x rays.

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

Albert I Prince Technical High School

401 Flatbush Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 257-5123
http://www.cttech.org/Prince/Technologies/dental/index.htm

Albert I Prince Technical High School’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Hartford, CT. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has approximately 63 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $3,500 and material costs of $750. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.The Dental Assistant classroom at Prince Tech holds up to 18 students and is equipped with a LCD for instruction, computers, multiple dental models for demonstration and both a media and a reference library. There is a sterilization area comprised of an autoclave, an ultrasonic unit and a Statim sterilizer. The dental materials laboratory comprises model trimmers, lab handpieces, Triad, Omnivac and a dental lathe. There are three fully equipped treatment rooms including an intraoral camera and digital radiography.

Lincoln College of New England-Southington

2279 Mount Vernon Road, Southington, Connecticut 06489-1057
(860) 628-4751
http://www.lincolncollegene.edu/programs/associates-degree-college/dental-administrative-assistant-degree

The Associate’s program at Lincoln College of New England is taught at their Southington campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, for-profit college has approximately 1,071 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $19,840 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Connecticut is $19,840. The AAS degree program prepares students to manage the administrative operations of a dental practice by overseeing the transactions necessary for its success.

Manchester Community College

Great Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
(860) 512-3000
http://www.manchestercc.edu/academics/divisions/mathematics-science-and-health-careers/health-careers/programs/dental-assistant/

Manchester Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Manchester in Hartford County, CT. The majority of the school’s 7,692 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,786 per year. Fees for students from other states are $11,318. This is a 31 credit certificate program which can be completed by full-time students in 8 months. Part-time students may be able to complete the program in under one year. The program is a mix of science and hands-on/practical courses, including courses on dental practice management, anatomy and biology, and a clinical rotation in a dentist’s office.

Tunxis Community College

271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, Connecticut 06032-3187
(860) 255-3500
http://cdn1.tunxis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Certificate-Program-in-Dental-Assisting.pdf

The Certificate program at Tunxis Community College is offered at their campus in Farmington in Hartford County. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 4,734 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $3,786 per year, while students from other states will pay $11,318. This 10-month program prepares students in chair side assisting and related laboratory and office procedures under the direction and supervision of a dentist.

New Haven-Milford, CT

Porter and Chester Institute of Branford

221 W Main St, Branford, Connecticut 06405
(203) 315-1060
https://www.porterchester.com/career-programs/dental-assisting/

Porter and Chester Institute of Branford’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Branford in New Haven County, CT. This private, for-profit college has about 313 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Fees at the school are about $18,519 per year. The fees for students from outside Connecticut are $18,519.

Worcester, MA-CT

Windham Technical High School

210 Birch St, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226
(860) 456-3879
http://www.cttech.org/windham/technologies/dental/

The Certificate program at Windham Technical High School is taught at their Willimantic campus. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 14 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.The Dental Assisting program, with a duration of 1080 months, is the college’s largest program. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Fees at the school are around $3,350 per year, while students from other states will pay $3,350.

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