Nebraska Dental Assisting and Hygiene Training Options

Around 2,180 people are employed as dental assistants in the state of Nebraska, and about 1,240 as dental hygienists. [Seguir leyendo en español]

As with the health care area in general across the US, strong growth is expected in Nebraska in these two professions in the ten years to 2024. There are expected to around 70 job openings in each role every year, with total employment in dental assistants growing by 11.1% and in dental hygiene by 10.7%.

Requirements

Nebraska’s dental practice act defines the duties that a dental assistant may or may not perform. For those procedures understood to be basic, there are no specific educational requirements. Assistants must, however, be at least 18 years of age, and, if they are involved in the administration of inhalation analgesia, general anesthesia or parenteral sedation, be certified in BLS (basic life support skills).

In order to become a dental assistant qualified in coronal polishing you must either complete one year of clinical work experience (minimum 1500 hours) and a Board-approved course, or graduate from a CODA-accredited program which includes coronal polishing training.

Dental Hygienists in Nebraska need to pass (with a score of 75 or higher) a clinical practice exam administered by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) or the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), as well as the National Board Exam and a jurisprudence exam.

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Salaries in Nebraska

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

In 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of Nebraska were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $35,220, which is equivalent to $16.93 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Grand Island, NE100$18.28$38,010
Lincoln, NE420$18.57$38,630
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA990$16.27$33,850
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD180$17.22$35,810

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Dental Hygienists in the state of Nebraska earned an average of $66,490 annually or $31.97 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Grand Island, NE70$29.83$62,050
Lincoln, NE340$31.43$65,380
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA450$33.28$69,230
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD160$34.30$71,340

Dental Assisting

Grand Island, NE

Central Community College

3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222
https://www.cccneb.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=784%253Adentalassisting&catid=20%253Aprograms&Itemid=71

The Associate’s program at Central Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Grand Island. This public college has around 7,283 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,700 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Nebraska are $3,900.

Central Community College

3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222
https://www.cccneb.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=784%253Adentalassisting&catid=20%253Aprograms&Itemid=71

The Certificate program at Central Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Grand Island. The majority of the school’s 7,283 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,700 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $3,900.

North Platte, NE

Mid-Plains Community College

1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101
(800) 658-4308
http://www.mpcc.edu/health-occupations/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Mid-Plains Community College is offered at their campus in the town of North Platte. Most of the school’s 2,591 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,760 per year. The fees for students from outside Nebraska are $3,450. This is an 11 month program leading to a diploma in dental assisting. Additional program costs include uniforms, lab fees, name tag, radiation badge fee, CPR/BLS class, and hepatitis immunizations.

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Mid-Plains Community College

1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101
(800) 658-4308
http://www.mpcc.edu/health-occupations/dental-assisting

The Certificate program at Mid-Plains Community College is taught at their North Platte campus. This public college has about 2,591 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,760 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $3,450. This program is available as an option to those having completed the 11 month diploma program.

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

Metropolitan Community College Area

30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
(402) 457-2400
http://www.mccneb.edu/dent/

Metropolitan Community College Area’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Omaha, NE. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 17,376 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $2,610 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $3,803.

Vatterott College-Spring Valley

11818 I Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137
(402) 891-9411
http://www.vatterott.edu/omaha/diploma/dental-assistant-training.asp

Vatterott College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Omaha, NE. The program is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 405 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are around $12,538 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $12,538.

Dental Hygiene

Grand Island, NE

Central Community College

3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222
https://www.cccneb.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=785%253Adentalhygiene&catid=20%253Aprograms&Itemid=71

The Associate’s program at Central Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Grand Island. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 7,283 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,700 per year. Tuition for students from outside Nebraska is $3,900.

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

Creighton University

2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178
(402) 280-2700
https://academics.creighton.edu/program/dental-hygiene

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Omaha campus. Of the 7,736 students, about 48% are postgraduates. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees at this school are around $34,330 per year. Fees for students from other states are $34,330.

University of Nebraska Medical Center

987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr, Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7815
(402) 559-4000
http://www.unmc.edu/dentistry/programs/hygiene/index.html

The University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This is a full, 4-year private college with 3,655 students, of which 23% are undergraduates. This four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. For admission to the Dental Hygiene Program students are required to have completed approximately two academic years of study at any accredited college.

Scottsbluff, NE

Western Nebraska Community College

1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606
https://my.wncc.edu/programs/programinserts/AS.5106.html

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Scottsbluff campus. The majority of the school’s 2,230 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,388 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $2,724.

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