Find education options in Dental Assisting and Hygiene in Delaware

Dental Assisting employs almost 900 people in the state of Delaware, while dental hygiene accounts approximately for a further 650 jobs. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Employment growth in these areas is solid locally (10 year growth of 6.8% in dental assisting, and 13.8% in dental hygiene), and excellent nationwide.

This is largely due to the increasing number of tasks delegated to dental assistants and hygienists by their dentist supervisors, and the increasingly important idea of prevention as a way of reducing dental insurance costs.


The regulatory environment in Delaware is somewhat different from most other states in that responsibility for the adequate training of dental assistants, and the determination of competency to perform specific duties rests solely on the shoulders of the supervising dentist.

The exception to this is in the practice of radiological procedures and operation of x-ray equipment. Dental assistants are required to pass DANB’s Radiation Health and Safety exam or the equivalent Delaware Dental Radiologic Technology exam (DDRT) which is also administered by the DANB. (The latter exam will be phased out by December 31, 2015).

Applicants to become licensed as Dental Hygienists in the state of Delaware must pass the Delaware Jurisprudence Examination (based on the license law and Board’s Rules and Regulations) and, for those applying by examination, the Delaware Practical Board Examination in Dental Hygiene.

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Salaries in Delaware

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

In 2016, the average salary for Dental Assistants in Delaware, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $37,070, or $17.82 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Dover, DE170$16.56$34,440
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6,180$18.07$37,580
Salisbury, MD-DE250$19.60$40,780

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists in the state of Delaware earned an average of $72,480 annually or $34.85 per hour in 2016.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Dover, DE110$30.42$63,280
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD4,400$35.02$72,840
Salisbury, MD-DE280$38.22$79,490

Dental Assisting

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Dawn Career Institute inc

3700 Lancaster Pike, Suite 105, Wilmington, Delaware 19805-1511
(302) 633-9075

Dawn Career Institute inc’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Wilmington in New Castle County, DE. This private, for-profit college has about 749 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $14,726 and material costs of $524. The average completion time for the program is 8 months. Dawn Career Institute offers this program either in a 30-week day format, a 30-week evening blended format which combines campus-based intruction and clinical practice with online classes.

Harris School of Business-Wilmington Campus

1413 Foulk Road, Suite 100, Wilmington, Delaware 19803
(302) 478-8890

Harris School of Business’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Wilmington in New Castle County, DE. Most of the school’s 525 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $13,672 and books and supplies costs of $700. The average completion time for the program is 9 months. The program at Harris School of Business gives students a grounding in dental terminology, anatomy and pathology, and incorporates the study of dental materials and chairside assisting techniques. Students are trained to assist dentists with exams, perform a variety of dental procedures including conducting dental laboratory procedures, instrument preparation, and also reception and office management procedures.

Dental Hygiene

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington

333 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302) 571-5300

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Wilmington campus. This private, not-for-profit college has around 7,216 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,380 per year, while students from other states will pay $7,910.

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