Training for tomorrow’s Dental Assistants in Missouri

The page offers comprehensive information on education requirements and options for people wishing to become Dental Assistants 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 in Missouri by over 14.3% this decade.

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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.

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Salaries in Missouri

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

In 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of Missouri were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have earned an average annual salary of $35,660, which is equivalent to $17.15 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL90$14.98$31,150
Columbia, MO200$16.07$33,420
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO640$16.38$34,060
Jefferson City, MO120$17.52$36,440
Joplin, MO150$17.11$35,580
Kansas City, MO-KS2,090$17.75$36,920
Springfield, MO570$18.00$37,450
St. Joseph, MO-KS70$16.37$34,040
St. Louis, MO-IL2,970$16.92$35,190

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists in the state of Missouri earned an average of $68,990 annually or $33.17 per hour in 2016.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL80$32.98$68,590
Columbia, MO120$37.08$77,130
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO220$34.18$71,090
Jefferson City, MO60$35.67$74,200
Joplin, MO130$32.45$67,500
Kansas City, MO-KS1,600$33.42$69,510
Springfield, MO290$35.05$72,910
St. Joseph, MO-KS50$36.19$75,280
St. Louis, MO-IL1,540$31.39$65,290

Dental Assisting College Listings

Joplin, MO

Franklin Technology-MSSU

3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 659-4400
http://www.franklintechnologycenter.com/dental-assistant/

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

Concorde Career Colleges

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

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
https://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
https://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://academics.otc.edu/dental/dental-assisting/

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://academics.otc.edu/dental/dental-assisting/

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

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.

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