Uncover Dental Assistant and Hygienist Training in Maine

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

The expected growth in employment in Maine – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – is expected to be around 11% for dental assistants and 18% for dental hygienists in the 10 years to 2012.

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.

To become a dental hygienist in Maine you must be a graduate of a dental hygiene program, have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, hold a CPR certificate, have passed the NERB clinical exam, and have passed the Maine jurisprudence exam.

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Salaries in Maine

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Maine are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $39,665, which is equivalent to $19.07 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bangor, ME160$17.40$36,190
Lewiston-Auburn, ME60$19.41$40,370
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME430$19.65$40,860

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists in the state of Maine can expect to earn an average of $70,084 annually or $33.69 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bangor, ME130$31.66$65,860
Lewiston-Auburn, ME90$39.08$81,290
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME440$33.19$69,040
 

Dental Assisting

Augusta-Waterville, ME

University of Maine at Augusta

46 University Dr, Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000
http://www.uma.edu/efda.html

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
http://www.uma.edu/dentalassistingcert.html

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.

Dental Hygiene

Augusta-Waterville, ME

University of Maine at Augusta

46 University Dr, Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000
http://www.uma.edu/dhda.html

The University of Maine at Augusta at Augusta offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 4,990 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $7,500 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $16,740.

Portland-South Portland, ME

University of New England

11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford, Maine 04005-9599
(207) 283-0171
http://www.une.edu/wchp/dental/

The University of New England at Biddeford offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This is a full, 4-year private college with 5,666 students, of which 47% are undergraduates. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $33,145 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $33,145.

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