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 10,960 people employed as dental assistants in New Jersey in 2016, mainly in ambulatory health care centers. This number is expected to grow to more than 12,330 – a jump of 12.5% – by 2026, according to New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of 19.5% for the same period, which is much faster than average. You can find out about the prospects for dental hygienists here.
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.
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.
Salaries in New Jersey
For full information on how much dental assistants earn in New Jersey, as well as future jobs prospects visit this page.
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.
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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’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.
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.
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.