Louisiana Training Options for Tomorrow’s Dental Assistants and Hygienists

Louisiana is a great place to go to work in dental practice, either as a dental assistant or a hygienist. Employment in this area is growing and salaries are good. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The ten-year 2024 forecast for growth in prospects for dental assistants in Louisiana is 5.07%, while for dental hygienists, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 4.97%.

Requirements

Licensing in dental assisting is regulated by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. This organization has no specific educational or training requirements for the most basic assisting functions, but does license the role of Expanded Duties Dental Assistants (EDDA) who is allowed to practice expanded functions – as defined by the state dental practice act – under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

To qualify as a an EDDA you must graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, that incorporates training in the expanded functions, complete a Board-approved radiography course, and hold a Board-approved CPR certificate.

To become a dental hygienist in Louisiana, you must successfully complete a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program, pass a Louisiana State Board of Dentistry approved clinical licensing examination (CITA, CRDTS, NERB, SRTA, and WREB up to January 1, 2012. After that date, only CITA) within the 3 years immediately prior to applying for a dental hygiene license, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, hold a current certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation/basic life support for healthcare providers and successfully complete the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry jurisprudence examination.

Popular Programs

Salaries in Louisiana

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

In 2016, the average salary for Dental Assistants in Louisiana, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $30,040, or $14.44 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Alexandria, LA140$15.03$31,250
Baton Rouge, LA670$16.18$33,660
Hammond, LA80$15.57$32,390
Houma-Thibodaux, LA160$13.77$28,650
Lafayette, LA310$14.37$29,880
Lake Charles, LA300$13.14$27,320
New Orleans-Metairie, LA1,230$13.95$29,020
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA310$15.39$32,020

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

Dental Hygienists in the state of Louisiana are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have earned an average annual salary of $55,110 in 2016, which is equivalent to $26.49 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Baton Rouge, LA400$31.08$64,650
Hammond, LA40$32.95$68,540
Houma-Thibodaux, LA150$31.85$66,240
Lafayette, LA**$22.60$47,020
Lake Charles, LA**$18.37$38,210
Monroe, LA130$24.14$50,210
New Orleans-Metairie, LA650$23.91$49,740
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA160$24.28$50,510

Dental Assisting

Alexandria, LA

Unitech Training Academy-Alexandria

7228 England Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
(337) 988-4042
http://unitechtrainingacademy.com/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Unitech Training Academy is offered at their campus in Alexandria in Rapides County. The college has around 83 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Fees at this school are around $15,140 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Louisiana are $15,140.

Baton Rouge, LA

Delta College of Arts & Technology

7380 Exchange Place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806-1529
(225) 928-7770
http://deltacollege.com/deltacollege/baton-rouge-campus/programs/dental-assistant/

Delta College of Arts & Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Baton Rouge, LA. The college has about 687 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $11,000 and material costs of $67. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

Lafayette, LA

Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette

3605 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
(337) 988-4042
http://unitechtrainingacademy.com/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Unitech Training Academy is offered at their campus in the city of Lafayette. This private, for-profit college has approximately 92 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $9,200 and books and supplies costs of $300. The average completion time for the program is 7 months.

Lake Charles, LA

Delta School of Business and Technology

517 Broad St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
(337) 439-5765 x1926
http://deltatech.edu/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Delta School of Business and Technology is offered at their campus in the city of Lake Charles. The college has about 235 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are about $9,685 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Louisiana is $9,685.

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Eastern College of Health Vocations-New Orleans

201 Evans Rd. Bldg 400, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123
(504) 736-0654
http://www.easterncollege.edu/eastern_college_004.htm

Eastern College of Health Vocations’s diploma program is offered at their campus in New Orleans in Jefferson County, LA. The majority of the school’s 316 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $8,150. The average completion time for the program is 7 months.

Delta College inc

19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433-8947
(985) 892-6651
http://deltacollege.com/deltacollege/covington-campus/programs/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Delta College inc is offered at their campus in Covington in Saint Tammany County. The majority of the school’s 444 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $11,000 and books and supplies costs of $67. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Dental Hygiene

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

433 Bolivar St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2223
(504) 568-4808
http://www.lsusd.lsuhsc.edu/fshygiene.html

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s New Orleans campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This is a full, 4-year private college with 2,788 students, of which 32% are undergraduates.

Lafayette, LA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

104 University Circle, Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
(377) 482-1000
http://alliedhealth.louisiana.edu/academic-programs/pre-dental-hygiene

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette at Lafayette offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. Of the 16,688 students, about 9% are postgraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $6,192 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $15,742.

Monroe, LA

University of Louisiana at Monroe

700 University Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana 71209-0000
(318) 342-1000
http://www.ulm.edu/dentalhygiene/degree.html

The University of Louisiana at Monroe at Monroe offers an ADA accredited Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 8,548 students, about 15% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $6,318 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $16,890.

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