Training for tomorrow’s Dental Assistants and Hygienists in Missouri

The page offers comprehensive information on education requirements and options for people wishing to become Dental Assistants or Dental Hygienists in the state of Missouri. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The job outlook for professionals in this area is very positive both nationally and locally, with employment for dental assistants expected to grow by over 18% this decade, while for hygienists the projection is 26.7%.

Requirements

Basic supportive dental procedures, as defined by Missouri’s dental practice act, can be carried out by a dental assistant under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, without the need for specific education or training.

A dental assistant (or DANB certified CDA) may also assist in the administration of nitrous oxide if they have completed a Board-approved course and passed a competency test.

To become an Expanded-Functions Dental Assistant you must obtain a permit from the Board. To obtain a permit you will be a graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program (which included the expanded functions), or have completed a Board-approved expanded functions training course, and a DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), or have passed the Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills exam and have completed a Board-approved expanded functions training course.

Dental Hygienists must be graduates of a CODA-accredited program, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a clinical exam administered by one of the regional boards.

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Salaries in Missouri

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Missouri are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $33,856, which is equivalent to $16.28 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL90$11.96$24,880
Columbia, MO180$14.87$30,930
Jefferson City, MO80$15.08$31,360
Joplin, MO150$13.93$28,980
Kansas City, MO-KS1,850$16.35$34,010
St. Joseph, MO-KS80$14.66$30,490
St. Louis, MO-IL1,510$17.29$35,970
Springfield, MO590$15.51$32,260

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists in the state of Missouri can expect to earn an average of $67,675 annually or $32.54 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL60$28.41$59,090
Columbia, MO60$34.88$72,560
Jefferson City, MO50$32.48$67,560
Joplin, MO90$29.54$61,440
Kansas City, MO-KS1,370$32.02$66,600
St. Joseph, MO-KS60$32.47$67,550
St. Louis, MO-IL1,770$33.88$70,470
Springfield, MO300$28.25$58,750
 

Dental Assisting

Joplin, MO

Franklin Technology-MSSU

3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 659-4400
http://www.franklintechjoplin.com/dentalassistant.html

Franklin Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Joplin, MO. The college has approximately 209 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $8,139 and material costs of $781. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.

Kansas City, MO-KS

Anthem College-Kansas City

9001 State Line Rd 1st floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/kansas-city-missouri/dental-assistant/associate-degree/

The Associate’s program at Anthem College is offered at their campus in the city of Kansas City. The college has approximately 262 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are approximately $14,563 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $14,563.

Anthem College-Kansas City

9001 State Line Rd 1st floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/kansas-city-missouri/dental-assistant/diploma/

Anthem College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Kansas City, MO. The college has approximately 262 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are approximately $14,563 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $14,563.

Concorde Career Colleges

3239 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2407
(816) 531-5223
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-assistant-assisting

Concorde Career Colleges’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Kansas City, MO. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 753 students are on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $54,500 and material costs of $5,958. The average completion time for the program is 17 months.

Everest College-Kansas City

1740 W 92nd St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(816) 423-8600
http://www.everest.edu/campus/kansas_city/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Kansas City, MO. The majority of the school’s 289 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $18,379 and books and supplies costs of $968. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2429
(816) 604-1000
http://www.mcckc.edu/dentalassisting

The Certificate program at Metropolitan Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Kansas City. The majority of the school’s 20,141 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $2,790, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,190 and $6,810 respectively.

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2429
(816) 604-1000
http://www.mcckc.edu/dentalassisting

The Associate’s program at Metropolitan Community College is taught at their Kansas City campus. This public college has around 20,141 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $2,790, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,190 and $6,810 respectively.

Springfield, MO

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500
https://www.otc.edu/alliedhealth/1898.php

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Springfield campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 15,123 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $2,664, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,576 and $4,560 respectively.

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500
https://www.otc.edu/alliedhealth/1898.php

Ozarks Technical Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Springfield, MO. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 15,123 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $2,664, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,576 and $4,560 respectively.

Vatterott College-Springfield

3850 South Campbell, Springfield, Missouri 65807
(417) 831-8116
http://www.vatterott.edu/springfield/diploma/dental-assistant-training.asp

The Certificate program at Vatterott College is offered at their campus in the city of Springfield. The college has approximately 344 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are approximately $12,574 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Missouri is $12,574.

St. Louis, MO-IL

Anthem College-Fenton

645 Gravois Bluffs Blvd, Fenton, Missouri 63026
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/fenton-missouri/dental-assistant/associate-degree/

The Associate’s program at Anthem College is offered at their campus in Fenton in Saint Louis County. Most of the school’s 246 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are about $13,693 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $13,693.

Anthem College-Maryland Heights

13723 Riverport Drive Suite 103, Maryland Heights, Missouri 63042
(954) 400-2000
http://anthem.edu/maryland-heights-missouri/dental-assistant/diploma/

The Certificate program at Anthem College is taught at their Maryland Heights campus. This private, for-profit college has around 242 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are around $14,057 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Missouri are $14,057.

Saint Louis Community College

300 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102-2810
(314) 539-5000
https://www.stlcc.edu/Programs/Dental_Assisting/

Saint Louis Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Saint Louis, MO. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has around 26,603 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $2,940, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,320 and $5,970 respectively.

Dental Hygiene

St. Joseph, MO-KS

Hillyard Technical Center

3434 Faraon St, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-5102
(816) 671-4170
http://www.sjsd.k12.mo.us//Domain/2275

Hillyard Technical Center’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Saint Joseph, MO. This private, not-for-profit college has about 158 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 88%. The dental hygiene program has annual tuition fees of $36,069 and material costs of $3,475. The average completion time for the program is 22 months.

Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern State University

3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300
http://www.mssu.edu/academics/programs/dental-hygiene.php

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Joplin campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year private college with 5,417 students, of which 99% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $5,376 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $10,225.

North Missouri nonmetropolitan area

North Central Missouri College

1301 Main St, Trenton, Missouri 64683
(660) 359-3948 x1418
http://www.ncmissouri.edu/programs/allied_health/Pages/dental_hygienist_aas.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Trenton campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has around 1,786 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $2,820, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,810 and $4,980 respectively.

Springfield, MO

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500
http://www.otc.edu/alliedhealth/1897.php

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Springfield campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 15,123 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $2,664, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,576 and $4,560 respectively.

Sedalia, MO

State Fair Community College

3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301-2199
(660) 530-5800 x7217
http://www.sfccmo.edu/pages/243.asp

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Sedalia campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has about 5,115 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $2,940, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,930 and $5,880 respectively.

Kansas City, MO-KS

University of Missouri-Kansas City

5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
(816) 235-1000
https://dentistry.umkc.edu/Future_Students/DHClinicalEntryLevel.shtml

The University of Missouri at Kansas City offers an ADA accredited Master program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is ADA accredited. This is a full, 4-year private college with 15,990 students, of which 66% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $9,456 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $22,203.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
(816) 235-1000
https://dentistry.umkc.edu/Future_Students/DHMasterScience.shtml

The University of Missouri at Kansas City offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 15,990 students, about 34% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $9,456 per year. Fees for students from other states are $22,203.

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