Dental Assisting Programs in Kentucky

If your career plan involves working in a dental practice in Kentucky, you could not have picked a better time. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The US Department of Labor foresees excellent growth in this area in the ten years to 2026, and the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics reports the following:

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In the case of dental assistants growth is predicted to be 12.4%. This is well ahead of the national average. This means you can expect there to be around 570 job openings each year in the state of Kentucky.

Requirements

The Kentucky state dental practice act defines four types of dental assistant: the Dental Auxiliary, the Registered Dental Assistant, the Registered Dental Assistant qualified in coronal polishing and, finally, the Registered Dental Assistant qualified in IV placement.

The first these, the dental auxiliary, requires no specific training to perform the most basic assisting functions.

A Registered Dental Assistant must have a current CPR certification and their employer must register the dental assistant with the Kentucky Board of Dentistry. The employer is also responsible for maintaining up to date the registry of the dental assistant’s training.

To become a Registered Dental Assistant qualified in coronal polishing in Kentucky you must complete an 8-hour course in coronal polishing at a CODA-accredited school.

A Registered Dental Assistant qualified in IV placement is a person who has completed a Board-approved course in starting intravenous (IV) access lines. (This task is always performed under the direct supervision of a dentist holding a permit for sedation or anesthesia.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of Kentucky earned an average of $34,550 annually or $16.61 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bowling Green, KY170$15.33$31,880
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2,100$19.16$39,860
Clarksville, TN-KY330$17.27$35,910
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY120$15.01$31,220
Evansville, IN-KY330$18.69$38,870
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH260$14.49$30,150
Lexington-Fayette, KY750$16.60$34,540
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1,500$19.08$39,690
Owensboro, KY100$15.39$32,020

College Listings

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

ATA College

10180 Linn Station Rd Ste A200, Louisville, Kentucky 40223
(502) 371-8330
http://www.ata.edu/programs/dental-assistant/

ATA College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Louisville in Jefferson County, KY. This private, for-profit college has around 489 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are around $11,185 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $11,185.

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