Maryland Training Options in Dental Assisting

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 2026 in demand for dental assistants in Maryland to be 29.9%.

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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.

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Salaries in Maryland

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. Salaries will be higher in larger cities such as Baltimore.

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

College Listings

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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

Fortis Institute-Towson

700 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204-9840
(410) 337-5155
https://www.fortis.edu/campuses/maryland/towson/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
https://www.allstatecareer.edu/programs/medical/expanded-functions-dental-assisting.aspx

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
https://www.fortis.edu/campuses/maryland/landover/4351-garden-city-drive-landover-md/expanded-function-dental-assistant.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.

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