Uncover Dental Assistant Training in Maine

Nationwide there are great opportunities for new professionals in the arena of dental assisting. Job prospects in Maine and neighboring states are also expected to improve solidly. [Seguir leyendo en español]

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The expected growth in employment in Maine – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – is expected to be around 6.8% for dental assistants in the 10 years to 2016.

Requirements

Maine’s state dental practice act defines three types of dental assistant and the duties they are permitted to perform.

At the basic level, performing basic supportive dental procedures, there are no specific requirements.

Dental Assistants who hold the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant certification (CDA) are allowed to perform additional duties.

Finally, an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) can perform expanded functions as defined by the Maine dental practice act. To become an EFDA, you must be over 18, hold a CPR certification, hold a high school diploma or GED, hold a CDA certification or a Registered Dental Hygienist license and have successfully completed a formal course in the Expanded Functions at a Board-approved, CODA-accredited program or equivalent.

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Maine are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have earned an average annual salary of $42,250 in 2016, which is equivalent to $20.31 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bangor, ME120$20.37$42,360
Dover-Durham, NH-ME110$20.62$42,890
Lewiston-Auburn, ME70$18.88$39,270
Portland-South Portland, ME440$20.17$41,950
Portsmouth, NH-ME200$21.54$44,810
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College Listings

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Augusta-Waterville, ME

University of Maine at Augusta

46 University Dr, Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000
https://www.uma.edu/academics/programs/dental-programs/expanded-functions-dental-assisting/

The University of Maine at Augusta offers a Dental Assistant Associate’s program. The majority of the school’s 4,990 students are on 4-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $7,500 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $16,740.

University of Maine at Augusta

46 University Dr, Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000
https://www.uma.edu/academics/programs/dental-programs/dental-assisting/

The University of Maine at Augusta offers a Certificate program in Dental Assisting. The majority of the school’s 4,990 students are on 4-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $7,500 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $16,740.

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