Dental Assisting Education Programs in New York State

Ready to get started on a new career in Dental Assisting? The health care sector offers excellent prospects for job growth, and the state of New York follows that trend. [Seguir leyendo en español]

There are currently over 19,580 people employed in dental assisting in the state of New York. In the ten years to 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth in this areas of 19%. (Find out about job prospects, salaries and Dental Hygiene Schools in New York here).

Requirements

You can work as an Unlicensed Dental Assistant under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of New York, but the duties you are allowed to perform are limited and salary expectations are poor. There are no training requirements at this level.

A Dental Assistant with a Limited Permit is a person registered with the New York State Board of Dentistry and may perform all tasks currently permitted to a New York state-licensed “Certified Dental Assistant”. These permits last only one year and renewal is not guaranteed. To attain a permit you must be at least 17 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and have completed a Board-approved one-year dental assisting program of 24 semester hours and 200 hours of clinical experience from a degree-granting institution (or a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) program) or other course of study acceptable to the Board that includes at least 1,000 hours of appropriate work experience.

A New York State-Licensed Certified Dental Assistant must fulfil all of the criteria established above for a Dental Assistant with a Limited Permit and must either pass all three components of the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and General Chairside (GC) or pass DANB’s RHS and ICE component exams along with the New York Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA) exam.

How long is dental assistant school?

Most dental assisting programs at public community colleges last two semesters. However, there are private schools offering training that lasts as little as four months. The aim of longer programs is to prepare students to take the DANB exams and become New York State Certified Dental Assistants, whereas the aim of shorter programs is to prepare students for entry-level employment.

Popular Programs

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in New York, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $35,770, or $17.20 per hour. Although there are 19,580 jobs in New York State, there are actually more jobs in total in the New York City – Newark – Jersey City metropolitan area. Expect around 869 new job openings per year at current predicted growth levels. Salaries in NYC average $37,470 but can be as high as $53,910 for highly-qualified and experienced professionals.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY860$17.44$36,270
Binghamton, NY190$18.92$39,360
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY1,100$17.53$36,470
Elmira, NY50$16.94$35,230
Glens Falls, NY90$16.60$34,530
Ithaca, NY60$16.71$34,760
Kingston, NY140$19.46$40,480
Rochester, NY990$17.43$36,250
Syracuse, NY570$16.62$34,570
Utica-Rome, NY250$15.64$32,540
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY100$15.23$31,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA21,720$18.01$37,470

Well-known Schools

Seven of the thirteen colleges offering Dental Assisting programs in New York, as recognized by the US Department of Education, are public institutions. All but one of the remainder are private for-profit colleges. New York University is a private not-for-profit four-year university. For school reviews, you can visit sites such as CollegeTimes.co.

For programs in and around New York City, you should also look at New Jersey and Pennsylvania. CUNY does not currently offer a dental assisting program, although York College does offer continuing and professional education for dental assistants.

Upstate New York

Erie Community College in Buffalo offers a Dental Assisting Certificate Program. For admission to the program, high school graduates are required to have a minimum cumulative average of 88 percent, while college/transfer students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.

The CiTi (Center for Instruction Technology & Innovation) is a public 2-year college offering an Adult Education program in Dental Assisting which has been approved by the NYS Department of Education for licensure and certification purposes. Prerequisites include a high school diploma or equivalent, a passing score on the TABE pre-entrance exam and a 250-word essay. You will also be required to supply two professional references and attend an interview. The CiTi is based in Mexico, NY, about 40 minutes north of Syracuse.

In and around NYC

The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants is a private college based in Long Island City, just north of Brooklyn. It offers a Certified Dental Assistant Program. The program is approved approved by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED), under the provisions of Office of the Professions (OP). Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the New York Professional Dental Assisting Exam, leading to the New York State Dental Assisting license.

Also in Brooklyn is Access Careers, another private college, offering a dental assisting program. This program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid.

The Dental Auxiliary Training Center is a private school not recognized by the US Department of Education. Its programs are co-sponsored by New York State District Dental Societies and, it claims, that the societies’ members seek to hire its graduates. It offers a free placement service. It offers classes in Wappinger Falls, Brooklyn, Port Jefferson, Hawthorne, Garden City and Jamaica.

Long Island

On Long Island, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine offers a New York State registered Dental Assisting program. The School is part of Stony Brook University.

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

Hudson Valley Community College

80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, New York 12180
(518) 629-4822
https://www.hvcc.edu/hsc/das/

Hudson Valley Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Troy, NY. This public college has about 13,114 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,734 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $12,694.

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

Erie Community College

121 Ellicott St, Buffalo, New York 14203-2698
(716) 842-2770
http://www.ecc.edu/academics/programs/dentalassist

Erie Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Buffalo, NY. Most of the school’s 13,990 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,559 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $8,554.

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

Mandl School-The College of Allied Health

254 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019-5516
(212) 247-3434
http://mandl.edu/programs/dental-assistant/

Mandl School-The College of Allied Health’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of New York, NY. Most of the school’s 900 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are around $12,095 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $12,095.

New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants

33-10 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, New York 11101
(718) 793-2330
http://nysmda.com/dental-assistant.html

The Certificate program at New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants is taught at their Long Island City campus. The majority of the school’s 252 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $14,300 and books and supplies costs of $200. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

St Paul’s School of Nursing-Staten Island

Corporate Commons Two, 2 Teleport Drive, Suite 203, Staten Island, New York 10311
(718) 517-7700
http://www.stpaulsschoolofnursing.edu/dentalassistant.php

The Associate’s program at St Paul’s School of Nursing is offered at their campus in the city of Staten Island. This private, for-profit college has approximately 747 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are approximately $21,769 per year, while students from other states will pay $21,769.

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