Find Dental Assistant Training in Georgia

More than any other state in the US, job prospects for Dental Assistants in Georgia are outstanding. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Georgia’s Department of Workforce Statistics & Economic Research predicts that by the end of 2024, Georgia will have witnessed 19.6% growth in the number of dental assistants in the state over the previous ten years. [Find Dental Hygienist Schools in GA here]

Requirements

In the performance of basic supportive dental procedures, as defined by Georgia’s state dental act, there are no specific requirements for dental assistants. The exception to this is in the performance of phlebotomy and venipuncture procedures, which require appropriate training.

In order for a dental assistant to operate dental radiography equipment or perform radiological procedures, they must have at least six hours of instruction in the areas defined by the Georgia Department of Human Services’ “x-ray requirements”. You are required to present written proof of training.

Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA) Requirements in Georgia

The Georgia Board of Dentistry does define the role of Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA) and the requirements for such professionals. To qualify as an EDDA, dental assistants must have a high school diploma or GED, be currently certified in CPR, and be certified as having successfully completed a Board-approved course in the duty for which they are certified. They may only perform those procedures for which they are certified. One way to enroll in the necessary courses is to first attain the DANB’s national Certified Dental Assistant qualification.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in Georgia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $36,010, or $17.31 per hour. There are around 9,770 people employed as dental assistants in the state. Two-thirds of these jobs are found in the Greater Atlanta area. This is also where the highest salaries are found.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albany, GA110$14.85$30,900
Athens-Clarke County, GA220$17.09$35,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA6,500$18.20$37,860
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC640$15.14$31,480
Brunswick, GA120$13.49$28,060
Chattanooga, TN-GA410$16.86$35,080
Columbus, GA-AL270$16.11$33,510
Dalton, GA120$14.91$31,010
Gainesville, GA140$15.63$32,500
Hinesville, GA80$16.65$34,630
Macon, GA200$15.47$32,170
Rome, GA50$17.29$35,970
Savannah, GA290$17.22$35,820
Valdosta, GA120$14.80$30,790
Warner Robins, GA160$14.26$29,650

Well-Known Schools

There are 20 dental assisting schools in Georgia that are recognized by the US Department of Education. As such, students may be eligible for federal financial aid. Of these, only 12 have accreditation from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 15 schools are public and the rest private. For reviews of schools, search online for alumni opinions.

Atlanta

Dental Careers Institute has two campuses in Buckhead and Marietta, both suburbs of the Atlanta metropolitan area. They boast high placement rates of about 70%, and they claim they will have you in a dental clinic working with dental equipment the very first day of the 10-week course. DCI is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, the state government agency which licenses and regulates all vocational schools in Georgia. Their tuition of $3,760 covers fees, books, supplies and other course-related expenses, and 36-month financing is available with instalments of approximately $131/month.

Atlanta Dental Assistant School also has campuses in Buckhead and Marietta. Their 12-week program costs $3,350.

Roswell, Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA

Georgia School of Dental Assisting, with ongoing classes at three different campuses, offers a 12-week DA diploma that consists of 78 hours of lecture plus lab, and 50 hours of internship. The total cost of tuition, fees and books come to $3,200, and the school offers 12-weekly or 4-monthly instalment payment plans. To be admitted, you must be 18, you must sit for an interview with the program Director, and your application must be submitted prior to the first day of classes. For more information, please call the school at (678) 689-5905.

Gwinnett, GA

Gwinnett Dental Career Academy offers what they refer to as a “fast-paced and action-packed” 10-week DA entry-level diploma at their campus at 2566 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, GA 30024 (678-730-0779). GDCA is a private school that is certified by the Non-public Postsecondary Education Commission. Gwinnett has a population of a little under one million and is located in the north central part of Georgia. Some of their private courses include an American Heart Association Healthcare Providers CPR certification course. To be admitted, you must have a high school or GED diploma, and the all-inclusive cost is $3,800.

Georgia Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Courses

To become an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), you must have a high school diploma or equivalent and current CPR certification, and you must be a graduate of a one-year accredited dental assisting program. In addition, you must have assisted a licensed dentist for a at least a six-month period and obtained a certificate documenting that you have successfully completed an expanded duties training program of at least 4 hours for each duty/course. Schools that offer EDDA programs include Gwinnett Technical College, West Georgia Technical College, Georgia Dental Association.

Dental Assisting

Albany, GA

Albany Technical College

1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
(229) 430-3500
http://www.albanytech.edu/index.php?option=com_areasofstudy&Itemid=260&view=program&id=19

Albany Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Albany, GA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 3,935 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,534 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $4,574.

Athens-Clarke County, GA

Athens Technical College

800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 355-5000
http://athenstech.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2013-2014/Catalog/Life-Science-Programs/Dental-Assisting/Dental-Assisting-Diploma-Program-Major-Code-DA12

The Certificate program at Athens Technical College is taught at their Athens campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 4,788 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,526 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Georgia are $4,566.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Pky SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
(404) 225-4400
http://www.atlantatech.edu/academics/area.php?area=Dental+Assisting+

Atlanta Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Atlanta, GA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 4,874 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,544 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $4,584.

Everest College-Atlanta West

2841 Greenbriar Parkway, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331-2620
(678) 500-3400
http://www.everest.edu/campus/atlanta_west/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest College is taught at their Atlanta campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 681 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,971 and material costs of $1,005. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

Everest Institute-Norcross

1750 Beaver Ruin Rd-Ste 500, Norcross, Georgia 30093
(770) 921-1085
http://www.everest.edu/campus/norcross/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest Institute is offered at their campus in Norcross in Gwinnett County. This private, for-profit college has approximately 494 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are approximately $13,572 per year. The fees for students from outside Georgia are $13,572.

Gwinnett Technical College

5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-5702
(770) 962-7580
http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/programs.cfm?ProgramID=18

The Certificate program at Gwinnett Technical College is offered at their campus in Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 6,682 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,700 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $4,740.

Gwinnett Technical College

5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-5702
(770) 962-7580
http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/programs.cfm?ProgramID=18

The Certificate program at Gwinnett Technical College is taught at their Lawrenceville campus. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 6,682 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,700 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $4,740.

West Georgia Technical College

176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, Georgia 30182
(770) 537-6000
http://www.westgatech.edu/academics/DentalAssisting/index.htm

West Georgia Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Waco in Haralson County, GA. The college has approximately 6,645 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,628 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $4,668.

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

Augusta Technical College

3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
(706) 771-4000
http://www.augustatech.edu/dental_assisting.html

The Certificate program at Augusta Technical College is taught at their Augusta campus. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has approximately 4,339 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,498 per year. Fees for students from other states are $4,538.

Columbus, GA-AL

Columbus Technical College

928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
(706) 649-1800
http://www.columbustech.edu/Catalog%20and%20Student%20Handbook/dental-assisting-diploma–da12.htm

Columbus Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Columbus, GA. The program is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 4,267 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $1,529 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $2,804.

Miller-Motte Technical College-Columbus

1800 Box Rd, Columbus, Georgia 31907
(706) 225-5000 x5002
http://www.miller-motte.edu/programs/dental-assisting

Miller-Motte Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Columbus, GA. Most of the school’s 517 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are approximately $10,015 per year. Tuition for students from outside Georgia is $10,015.

Statesboro, GA

Ogeechee Technical College

One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
(912) 681-5500
http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/index.php/dental-assisting-program

Ogeechee Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Statesboro, GA. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has approximately 2,236 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,646 per year. Fees for students from other states are $4,686.

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