Become a Dental Assistant in New Jersey

New Jersey has plenty of opportunities for new dental assistants, and those opportunities are only set to grow. Employment in health care is rising steadily across the US and New Jersey is no exception. [Seguir leyendo en español]

There were currently over 9,300 people employed as dental assistants in New Jersey in 2014, mainly in ambulatory health care centers. This number is expected to grow to more than 10,400 – a jump of 11.6% – by 2024, according to New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of 18% for the same period, which is much faster than average. You can find out about the prospects for dental hygienists here.

Requirements

The dental practice act in New Jersey defines the duties that dental assistants may or may not perform, and the qualifications they are required to hold in order to perform expanded functions. In general, a dental assistant will always work under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Unregistered dental assistants may perform basic supportive dental procedures under supervision, and there are no explicit training requirements at this level.

New Jersey legislation defines however the role of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). RDAs must be registered with the Board and may perform expanded functions. To become an RDA you must be a high school graduate or equivalent and pass DANB’s national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam. Additionally, you must either be a graduate of a Board-approved, CODA-accredited dental assisting program, or have 2 years of experience, complete a Board-approved expanded function course of study and pass the New Jersey Expanded Duties – General Exam.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in New Jersey in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $41,460, or $19.93 per hour. While most dental assistant jobs in state are found in the Newark-New York-Jersey City and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington areas, the higher salaries are found in the wealthier areas on the southern coast.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ860$16.87$35,080
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ230$21.17$44,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA22,340$18.42$38,320
Ocean City, NJ80$20.10$41,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6,180$18.07$37,580
Trenton, NJ550$16.36$34,040
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ130$20.79$43,240

Well-Known Schools

There are 14 dental assisting schools in Georgia that are recognized by the US Department of Education. As such, students may be eligible for federal financial aid. Of these, only 5 have accreditation from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 7 schools are public and the rest private. For reviews of schools, search online for alumni opinions.

South Plainfield, NJ

Central Career School of New Jersey has an 800-hour program that includes a 100-hour externship. You can complete the course as a day student over 32 weeks or as an evening attendee over 57 weeks. Courses start throughout the year and include: lab procedures (75 hours), dental office management (50 hours), radiology (125 hours), chairside assisting (175 hours), keyboarding, first aid, CPR, and various job skills. Their fees run at $12,440 (plus another $1,555 for books and supplies), with financing available through grants, scholarships and loans. The median amount of debt that graduates incurred was $8,356.

New Brunswick and Forked River, NJ

New Jersey School of Dental Assisting has campuses at 61 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (800-726-2137), and at 939 West Lacey Road, Forked River, NK 08731 (800-726-2137). They offer a 10-week DA program that includes 40 hours of lectures and class work plus 30 hours of dental office practical training. The all-in fee of $2,865 includes books, supplies, uniforms and insurance. Following that course-work, and for another $815, you can enroll in an X-Ray program

Wayne and Lawrenceville, NJ

Fortis Institute is a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with various accreditations including the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). They have dental assisting programs both online as well as in campuses at 201 Willowbrook Blvd, Wayne, NJ 07470, and at 2572 Brunswick Pike, Suite 100, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (1-855-436-7847 is for both campuses). All you need to apply is to have a HS diploma or equivalent and submit a personal information sheet. Here is their consumer information guide.

Other schools in New Jersey

Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Eatontown, NJ (732-440-4110), offers a 12-week daytime program or a 29-week evening program (plus a 100-hour internship for both). DAS of Ocean County in Forked River, NJ (609-693-3409) guarantee your internship following their 10-week program at an all-inclusive cost of $2,825. American Institute in Clifton, NJ (1-888-387-5260), have a 45-week hybrid program that includes online and on-campus classes. The cost is $18,520, and their most recent job placement ratio was 86% for graduates. Dental Assisting Services in Farmingdale, NJ (732-919-1816) also offer programs for Introductory Dental Assisting, X-Ray License, Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), and Registered Dental Assistant.

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Salaries in New Jersey

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $39,038, or $18.77 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ250$18.71$38,920
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division1,530$18.72$38,930
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division1,130$18.43$38,340
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division1,180$19.65$40,880
Ocean City, NJ110$19.35$40,240
Trenton-Ewing, NJ410$17.83$37,080
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ120$16.69$34,720

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $80,138, or $38.53 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ120$36.14$75,180
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division690$38.74$80,570
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division1,030$38.07$79,190
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division1,130$38.43$79,940
Ocean City, NJ90$39.19$81,510
Trenton-Ewing, NJ240$40.63$84,520
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ90$40.25$83,720
 

Dental Assisting

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Drake College of Business-Newark

800 Broad St, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 645-1333
http://www.drakecollege.edu/pages/program-study-dental-assistant

Drake College of Business’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Newark, NJ. The majority of the school’s 1,497 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,495 and material costs of $1,350. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

The Institute for Health Education

600 Pavonia Avenue, 1st floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
(201) 217-1113
http://www.ihe.edu/Dental/

The Institute for Health Education’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Jersey City, NJ. The program is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 114 students are on < 2-year programs. The Dental Assisting program, with a duration of 900 months, is the college’s largest program. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $10,221 per year. The fees for students from outside New Jersey are $10,221.

Central Career Institute LLC

126 Corporate Blvd, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080-2408
(908) 412-8600
http://centralcareer.edu/dental-assisting.html

The Certificate program at Central Career Institute LLC is taught at their South Plainfield campus. The majority of the school’s 145 students are on < 2-year programs. The Dental Assisting program, with a duration of 800 months, is the college’s largest program. Fees at the school are around $12,595 per year, while students from other states will pay $12,595.

Ocean County Vocational-Technical School

137 Bey Lea Rd, Toms River, New Jersey 08753-2703
(732) 473-3100 x3139
http://www.ocvts.org/htm/programs/health.html#dental

The Certificate program at Ocean County Vocational is offered at their campus in Toms River in Ocean County. The majority of the school’s 542 students are on < 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are about $9,845 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $9,845.

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
(908) 526-1200
http://raritanval.catalog.acalog.com/preview_program.php?catoid=4&poid=340&returnto=165&print

Raritan Valley Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Branchburg in Somerset County, NJ. The college has about 8,398 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $3,742, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,222 and $4,222 respectively.

Drake College of Business-Elizabeth

125 Broad St, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908) 352-5509
http://www.drakecollege.edu/pages/program-study-dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Drake College of Business is taught at their Elizabeth campus. The college has around 1,343 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $16,495 and books and supplies costs of $1,350. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Camden County College

200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
(856) 227-7200
http://www.camdencc.edu/html/departments/dentalassisting/index.htm

Camden County College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Blackwood in Camden County, NJ. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 13,807 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $4,140, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,260 and $4,260 respectively.

Camden County College

200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
(856) 227-7200
http://www.camdencc.edu/html/departments/dentalassisting/index.htm

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Blackwood campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 13,807 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $4,140, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,260 and $4,260 respectively.

Dental Hygiene

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Camden County College

200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
(856) 227-7200
http://www.camdencc.edu/html/departments/dentalhygiene/index.HTM

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Blackwood campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 13,807 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $4,140, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,260 and $4,260 respectively.

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Essex County College

303 University Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 877-3000
http://www.essex.edu/onlinecatalog/dental-hygiene-a-a-s-degree-program/

The Associate’s program at Essex County College is offered at their campus in the city of Newark. Most of the school’s 11,979 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $3,384, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,988 and $5,988 respectively.

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