Maryland Training Options in Dental Assisting and Hygiene

While employment growth in the dental assisting profession in Maryland itself is not expected to be booming, growth in the surrounding states is well ahead of the national average for all careers. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 10-year growth to 2024 in demand for dental assistants in Maryland to get exceed 21%. The expected growth rate for dental hygienists is even greater at 29.5%.

Requirements

While there are no specific training requirements for dental assistants performing the most basic supportive functions, as laid out in Maryland’s dental practice act, certain procedures and duties do require certain educational achievements.

To work under supervision on a sealant program you must hold certification in either the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) or American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers, and complete a Board-approved course in of at least six hours in infection control (OSHA protocol). You must also demonstrate a minimum of 400 hours of clinical practice in dental patient care. Finally there must be a written agreement between you and the supervising dentist that lays out the terms and conditions of practice.

To perform expanded functions, you must register with the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners as a Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties. There are two training options to achieve this: either complete a minimum 35-hours Board-approved program and pass the Maryland General Dental Assisting Expanded Functions (MDG) exam, or pass the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam.

The requirements to become a Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics are similar. You must either complete a minimum 35-hours Board-approved program and pass the Maryland Orthodontic Assisting Expanded Functions (MDO) exam or pass the DANB Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam.

To become a dental hygienist in Maryland you are required to graduate from a dental hygiene program, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, and the ADEX clinical exam administered by NERB and a Maryland jurisprudence exam. You may also gain licensure by credentials.

Popular Programs

Salaries in Maryland

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Maryland earned an average of $40,430 annually or $19.44 per hour in 2016.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD2,650$18.78$39,050
California-Lexington Park, MD120$18.75$39,010
Cumberland, MD-WV70$18.38$38,230
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV190$16.62$34,580
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6,180$18.07$37,580
Salisbury, MD-DE250$19.60$40,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6,740$21.22$44,150

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The 2016 average salary for Dental Hygienists in Maryland, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $82,750, or $39.78 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD1,720$40.20$83,620
California-Lexington Park, MD60$43.26$89,970
Cumberland, MD-WV60$28.24$58,750
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV130$34.20$71,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD4,400$35.02$72,840
Salisbury, MD-DE280$38.22$79,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV3,470$43.57$90,620

Dental Assisting

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

Fortis Institute-Towson

700 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204-9840
(410) 337-5155
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/700-york-road-towson-md.aspx

The Certificate program at Fortis Institute is offered at their campus in the city of Towson. The program is accredited by the ADA. This private, for-profit college has around 889 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $18,699 and books and supplies costs of $782. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

All-State Career-Baltimore

2200 Broening Hwy Ste 160, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
(410) 631-1818
http://www.allstatecareer.edu/dentalAssistant.php

The Certificate program at All-State Career is taught at their Baltimore campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 1,193 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $19,475 and books and supplies costs of $525. On average the program takes 12 months to complete.

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6514
(240) 500-2530
http://catalog.hagerstowncc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3&poid=324&returnto=121

The Certificate program at Hagerstown Community College is offered at their campus in Hagerstown in Washington County. The college has approximately 5,005 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $2,986, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,450 and $5,698 respectively.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Fortis College-Landover

4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, Maryland 20785-2223
(301) 459-3650
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/expanded-function-dental-assistant/4351-garden-city-drive-landover-md.aspx

The Certificate program at Fortis College is offered at their campus in Landover in Prince Georges County. Most of the school’s 451 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are approximately $14,818 per year, while students from other states will pay $14,818.

Dental Hygiene

Cumberland, MD-WV

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
(301) 784-5000
http://www.allegany.edu/x251.xml

The Associate’s program at Allegany College of Maryland is taught at their Cumberland campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has around 3,659 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $3,450, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $6,240 and $7,440 respectively.

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

The Community College of Baltimore County

7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21237
(443) 840-2222
https://ccbcmd.edu/allied_health/dental/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Baltimore campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 25,188 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $3,559, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $6,393 and $9,357 respectively.

University of Maryland-Baltimore

620 West Lexington St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1627
(410) 706-3100
http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/dentaldepts/dhygiene/

The University of Maryland at Baltimore offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Of the 6,368 students, about 89% are postgraduates.

University of Maryland-Baltimore

620 West Lexington St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1627
(410) 706-3100
http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/dentaldepts/dhygiene/ms_dental_hygiene/about.html

The University of Maryland at Baltimore offers a Master program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year private college with 6,368 students, of which 11% are undergraduates.

see our preferred schools