Dental Assistant and Hygienist Programs in DC

Over 1,000 people are employed as either dental assistants or dental hygienists in the Washington DC. [Seguir leyendo en español]

This number is expected to grow robustly over the coming years. Specifically, the 10 year growth to 2022 in dental assisting jobs is expected to be 19.3% and in dental hygiene jobs 32.4%.


The DC Board of Dentistry defines Level I and Level II Dental Assistants and requires registration for both. (See this guide for allowable and prohibited Duties of each).

Level I dental assistants must be high school graduates or hold a GED certificate. Additionally they must complete a Board-approved course in dental radiography.

Level II dental assistants must furthermore have completed a dental assisting education program that is approved by either the Board or the ADA’s Commission for Dental Accreditation (CODA).

To obtain a license as a Dental Hygienist in DC, you must have completed at least an Associate’s degree in dental hygiene and have passed The National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination, the Northeast Regional Board (NERB) examination and the District of Columbia Dental Law Examination.

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Salaries in Washington, DC

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Washington, DC earned an average of $45,180 annually or $21.72 per hour in 2016.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6,740$21.22$44,150

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in District Of Columbia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was around $90,620, or $43.57 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV3,470$43.57$90,620

Dental Assistant

Currently, there are no CODA-accredited dental assisting programs in Washington DC. However, there are extensive options available in neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland, or a little further afield in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Dental Hygiene

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Howard University

2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
(202) 806-6100

The UndergraduateCertificate program at Howard University is taught at their Washington campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 10,002 students, about 33% are postgraduates. Tuition fees at the college are about $22,683 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $22,683.

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