Idaho Training Options in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene

Job opportunities in Idaho for persons with dental assisting or dental hygiene qualifications are excellent, and look to continue in rude health in the medium-to-long term. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Employment growth is predicted to be 13.7% for both professions in the ten year period to 2024.

Requirements

At the basic level, dental assistants who work under the supervision of a licensed dentist have no specific educational requirements.

If however, you wish to involve yourself in dental procedures beyond the basic, you should look to become a dental assistant who is Board-qualified in expanded functions.

To do this you will either need to hold a current national DANB certification or complete a course in the fundamentals of dental assisting that has been approved by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry.

In order to become a dental hygienist, you must complete a dental hygiene program and pass the National Board Exam. You are also required to pass a clinical exam which may be from any of Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), or ADEX.

In order to practice dental anesthesia, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, you must also pass an approved exam.

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Salaries in Idaho

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

In 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of Idaho were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $34,840, which is equivalent to $16.75 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Boise City, ID840$17.74$36,900
Coeur d'Alene, ID200$17.62$36,640
Idaho Falls, ID260$16.06$33,400
Lewiston, ID-WA70$18.51$38,490
Logan, UT-ID310$13.14$27,340
Pocatello, ID140$14.84$30,880

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

Dental Hygienists in the state of Idaho are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $73,630, which is equivalent to $35.40 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Boise City, ID700$35.31$73,440
Coeur d'Alene, ID170$38.66$80,410
Idaho Falls, ID160$35.02$72,850
Lewiston, ID-WA50$38.48$80,050
Logan, UT-ID40$25.82$53,700
Pocatello, ID110$32.35$67,290

Dental Assisting

Boise City, ID

Brown Mackie College-Boise

9050 W Overland Rd, Ste 101, Boise, Idaho 83709
(208) 321-8800
http://www.brownmackie.edu/degree-programs/dental-assisting-66411.aspx

Brown Mackie College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Boise, ID. The college has approximately 514 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $12,474 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $12,474.

Milan Institute-Boise

8590 W. Fairview Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83704-8320
(208) 672-9500
http://www.milaninstitute.edu/mmb/dental-assistant.htm

Milan Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Boise, ID. This private, for-profit college has about 104 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees at this college are about $12,468 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $12,468.

College of Western Idaho

5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 562-3000
http://cwidaho.cc/academics/certified-dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at College of Western Idaho is offered at their campus in Nampa in Canyon County. Most of the school’s 9,107 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,264, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,264 and $7,200 respectively.

College of Western Idaho

5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 562-3000
http://cwidaho.cc/academics/certified-dental-assisting

The Certificate program at College of Western Idaho is taught at their Nampa campus. The college has around 9,107 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,264, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,264 and $7,200 respectively.

Milan Institute-Nampa

1021 W. Hemingway, Nampa, Idaho 83651
(208) 461-0616
http://www.milaninstitute.edu/mmb/dental-assistant.htm

Milan Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Nampa in Canyon County, ID. This private, for-profit college has approximately 294 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $11,787 and books and supplies costs of $841. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Idaho Falls, ID

Eastern Idaho Technical College

1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404-5788
(208) 524-3000 x3371
http://www.eicc.edu/future-students/our-programs/dental-assisting/

Eastern Idaho Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Idaho Falls, ID. This public college has approximately 702 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,342 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Idaho is $7,992.

Twin Falls, ID

College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 733-9554
http://hshs.csi.edu/dental_assistant/

The Certificate program at College of Southern Idaho is taught at their Twin Falls campus. The college has approximately 9,266 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $2,640, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,640 and $6,720 respectively.

Dental Hygiene

Boise City, ID

Carrington College-Boise

1122 North Liberty Street, Boise, Idaho 83704-8742
(208) 377-8080
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s program at Carrington College is taught at their Boise campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The college has around 508 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The Dental Assisting program, with a duration of 83 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. The dental hygiene program has annual tuition fees of $14,425 and material costs of $285. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Pocatello, ID

Idaho State University

921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700
http://www.isu.edu/dentalhy/msdh-about.shtml

The Master’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Pocatello campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 13,852 students, about 14% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $6,344 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $18,676.

Idaho State University

921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700
http://www.isu.edu/dentalhy/professional-curriculum.shtml

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Pocatello campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 13,852 students, about 14% are postgraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $6,344 per year. The fees for students from outside Idaho are $18,676.

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