Become a Dental Assistant in Massachusetts

If you see a future career in dental assisting, now is an excellent moment to search out the right education program for your goals. Opportunities for Dental Assistants are expected to grow strongly nationally, and the state of Massachusetts is no exception. [Seguir leyendo en español]

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The predicted employment growth rate for the ten years to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is 6.1% for dental assistants

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Requirements

All dental assistants in Massachusetts are now obliged to register with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry.

Current legislation defines four types of dental assistant: On-the-Job Trained (OJT) Dental Assistants, Formally Trained Dental Assistants (FTDA), DANB Certified Dental Assistants (CDA) and Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDA).

The first of these, OJT, is trained under the supervision of a licensed dentist in a dental office.

The FTDA must complete dental assistant program of at least one year that is CODA-accredited, recognized by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) or meets the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

The EFDA must meet three criteria: graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assistant program, hold a DANB certification and complete a CODA-accredited course of study in expanded functions.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Massachusetts were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $44,070 in 2016, which is equivalent to $21.19 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA210$21.86$45,470
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH5,990$21.53$44,780
Leominster-Gardner, MA140$19.94$41,470
New Bedford, MA130$18.52$38,520
Pittsfield, MA90$19.59$40,740
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA1,110$19.79$41,160
Springfield, MA-CT740$20.16$41,940
Worcester, MA-CT500$21.99$45,740

College Listings

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

Middlesex Community College

Springs Rd, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-9124
(978) 656-3200
http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=112&returnto=189

Middlesex Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Bedford in Middlesex County, MA. Most of the school’s 9,664 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,274 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $9,208.

Middlesex Community College

Springs Rd, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-9124
(978) 656-3200
http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=111&returnto=189

The Associate’s program at Middlesex Community College is offered at their campus in Bedford in Middlesex County. The majority of the school’s 9,664 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $4,274 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $9,208.

Massasoit Community College

One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100
https://www.massasoit.edu/academics/certificate-programs/dental-assistant/index

The Certificate program at Massasoit Community College is offered at their campus in Brockton in Plymouth County. The college has about 8,209 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,056 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $9,000.

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

Southeastern Technical Institute

250 Foundry St, South Easton, Massachusetts 02375
(508) 238-1860
https://stitech.edu/index.php/dental-assisting/

Southeastern Technical Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in South Easton in Bristol County, MA. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 129 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 100%. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $6,180 and books and supplies costs of $764. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.

Springfield, MA

Springfield Technical Community College

1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-1296
(413) 781-7822
https://www.stcc.edu/explore/programs/dast.crt/

Springfield Technical Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Springfield, MA. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 7,011 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $5,106 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Massachusetts is $11,616.

Worcester, MA-CT

Quinsigamond Community College

670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
(508) 853-2300
https://www.qcc.edu/academics/healthcare/dental-assisting-certificate

Quinsigamond Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Worcester, MA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 8,991 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $5,094 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $10,038.

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