Become a Dental Hygienist or 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 both Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists are expected to grow strongly nationally, and the state of Massachusetts is no exception. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Predicted employment growth rates for the ten years to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are 12.5% for dental assistants and 19.9% for dental hygienists.

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.

To become a dental hygienist in Massachusetts, you must be a graduate of a CODA-accredited dental hygienist program, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, pass the NERB administered clinical exam, and pass the Massachusetts Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence exam.

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Salaries in Massachusetts

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Massachusetts are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $40,806, which is equivalent to $19.62 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA230$21.06$43,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division1,170$20.46$42,560
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division310$18.06$37,570
Framingham, MA NECTA Division320$19.85$41,290
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division190$21.97$45,700
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division100$18.08$37,610
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA110$20.52$42,680
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division290$21.16$44,020
New Bedford, MA150$14.49$30,130
Peabody, MA NECTA Division320$19.91$41,410
Pittsfield, MA140$16.17$33,640
Springfield, MA-CT830$17.81$37,040
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division90$18.20$37,860
Worcester, MA-CT500$21.70$45,130

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Massachusetts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $79,390, or $38.17 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA240$37.51$78,020
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division1,470$38.63$80,340
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division150$38.89$80,890
Framingham, MA NECTA Division410$38.79$80,670
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division170$39.86$82,910
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division130$37.14$77,260
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA110$41.63$86,590
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division210$36.85$76,640
New Bedford, MA110$33.85$70,410
Peabody, MA NECTA Division**$34.89$72,560
Pittsfield, MA60$28.11$58,460
Springfield, MA-CT420$36.10$75,090
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division60$34.48$71,720
Worcester, MA-CT620$39.84$82,870
 

Dental Assisting

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
http://www.massasoit.mass.edu/acad_depts/certs/dental.cfm

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
http://ti.sersd.org/Assets/dentalassisting.htm

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
http://health.stcc.edu/Careers/Dental.htm

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
http://www.qcc.edu/academics/healthcare/dental-assisting

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.

Dental Hygiene

Barnstable Town, MA

Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, Massachusetts 02668-1599
(508) 362-2131
http://www.capecod.edu/web/dental

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s West Barnstable campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has about 4,201 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,088 per year. Fees for students from other states are $9,032.

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

MCPHS University

179 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5896
(617) 732-2800
https://online.mcphs.edu/programs/dental-hygiene-ms

The Master program at MCPHS University is taught at their Boston campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 6,010 students, about 40% are postgraduates. Tuition fees at this school are about $28,470 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $28,470.

MCPHS University

179 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5896
(617) 732-2800
http://www.mcphs.edu/academics/programs/dental-hygiene-bs

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Boston campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year private college with 6,010 students, of which 60% are undergraduates. Fees at the college are about $28,470 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $28,470.

Middlesex Community College

Springs Rd, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-9124
(978) 656-3200
http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=4&poid=296&returnto=317

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Bedford campus. The college has around 9,664 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,274 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $9,208.

Mount Ida College

777 Dedham Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02459
(617) 928-4500
http://www.mountida.edu/academics/undergraduate-majors/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Newton campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 1,389 students, about 2% are postgraduates. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $29,377 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $29,377.

Worcester, MA-CT

Mount Wachusett Community College

444 Green St, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
(978) 632-6600
http://mwcc.edu/catalog/degrees-certificates/dental-hygiene-degree-dhy-selective%E2%80%94day-only/

The Associate’s program at Mount Wachusett Community College is taught at their Gardner campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has approximately 4,731 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,900 per year. Fees for students from other states are $9,820.

Springfield, MA

Springfield Technical Community College

1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-1296
(413) 781-7822
http://catalog.stcc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=64&returnto=66

The Associate’s program at Springfield Technical Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Springfield. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has about 7,011 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $5,106 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Massachusetts are $11,616.

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