Become a Dental Assistant in Ohio

Ohioans with careers in healthcare are enjoying strong jobs growth. Forecasts for the dental assisting profession are similarly promising. There are many reasons for this growth. Some health insurance providers have extended coverage recently, producing increase in dental patient numbers. There is also an increasing awareness of the need good oral health. [Seguir leyendo en español]

In its analysis of employment by profession for the ten years to 2022, the Ohio State Department of Job and Family Services sees jobs for dental assistants on Ohio growing by 12.7% to almost 11,000. Healthcare support professions in general are expected grow by 24.1% in the same period.

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Requirements

There are three job titles for dental assistants in Ohio: Basic Qualified Personnel (BQP), DANB Certified Dental Assistant or OCDAC Certified Ohio Dental Assistant and Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). All dental assistants in Ohio must provide proof of immunity to or inoculation against the hepatitis B virus.

BPQs are trained by their supervising dentist, either at an institution or by in-office training. BPQs may monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen minimal sedation (N2O-O2 Minimal Sedation) if they are over 18 years old, has completed a basic life-support training course, has two years of active practice and 3,000 hours of work experience in dental assisting, has completed a 6-hour course in N2O-O2 monitoring and an exam provided by an Board-approved permanent sponsor. As an alternative to this last point, equivalent training on a CODA-accredited program or holding a credential in N2O-O2 monitoring from another state and equivalent training will also suffice.

The Ohio Board accepts both the Certified Ohio Dental Assistant certification (administered by the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification – OCDAC) and the DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) qualification. There are further specific requirements for those wishing to perform Coronal Polishing or Pit and Fissure Sealants.

You can find more information on the DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant exam process here.

To attain Certified Ohio Dental Assistant certification you must pass three parts of the exam. These are:

  1. A written exam, consisting of approximately 250 multiple choice questions. Topics include chairside skills, office procedures, dental anatomy, dental specialties, dental materials, sterilization and OSHA regulations, preventative procedures and emergency skills.
  2. A clinical exam covering tasks including Dental Materials, Patient Education, Matrix Retainers, Chairside, Dental Insurance, Instrument Identification and Bur Identification.
  3. A radiology exam consisting of mounting and exposing x-rays and 101 written questions.

The EFDA is a person qualified by having completed a Board-approved EFDA course that is accredited by either CODA or the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission, and having passed the EFDA exam administered by either the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio or the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA). Additionally they must hold a current CPR certification.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Ohio are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $36,630, which is equivalent to $17.61 per hour. There are over 10,000 dental assistant jobs in Ohio. About two-thirds of these jobs are in the metropolitan areas of the three biggest cities: Coloumbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Of these three areas, the highest salaries are to be found in Columbus. The highest salaries, typically those earned by EFDAs, are around $49,430 in the state of Ohio. Salaries can be as high as $55,730 in Columbus.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Akron, OH610$17.39$36,170
Canton-Massillon, OH440$15.71$32,670
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN1,950$17.79$36,990
Cleveland-Elyria, OH1,910$17.66$36,730
Columbus, OH2,190$18.31$38,080
Dayton, OH720$18.31$38,090
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH250$14.68$30,530
Lima, OH100$18.65$38,800
Mansfield, OH110$18.20$37,860
Springfield, OH80$17.66$36,740
Toledo, OH510$18.70$38,890
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA540$16.44$34,200
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH70$14.39$29,940
Wheeling, WV-OH110$14.72$30,620

Well-known Schools

There are 42 dental assisting schools in Ohio 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). 17 schools are public and the rest private. For reviews of schools, search online for alumni opinions.

Columbus

Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools in Groveport, about 12 miles southeast of Columbus, offers a college tech prep program in dental assisting. Students can earn State Certification for Dental Assisting, State X-Ray Certificate, and Certification in First Aid and CPR. Clinical experience is gained at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Dental Assistant Pro LLC offers a 10-week dental assisting program in Columbus and Lebanon, Ohio. Classes are taken on Saturdays. The school is certified through the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and students complete the program with an Ohio state radiology certification. Tuition is around $3,000.

Cleveland

Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, about 16 miles southwest of Cleveland, is an adult education center offering job and career training in Dental Assisting.

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and approved by the Ohio State Approving Agency for Veterans Training (G.I. Bill) and the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools.

Dayton

Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood, about 20 minutes’ drive northwest of Dayton, offers a dental assisting program that prepares students for certification in CPR, Dental Assistant Radiography and the Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) test.

Other Locations

Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville offers a CODA-accredited one-year dental assisting program leading to the award of a Certificate. Students then have the option of continuing their studies for a further year and gaining an Associate in Applied Science degree. EGCC also offers the option of an EFDA program (see below).

EFDA Schools

The following is a list of EFDA schools in Ohio. Note that each college will have its own admission requirements and will require proof that you already hold an DAND CDA qualification or the Ohio Certified Dental Assistant certification.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
EFDA students attend class only one day per week from August through May, and can choose Wednesday or Friday as their class day. Enrollment is limited to 40 students, with 20 students per class.
Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville
Owens Community College, Toledo
Sinclair Community College, Dayton
To apply, you must provide proof of two years’ experience as a chairside dental assistant in the last five years, be currently employed in a dental office, and hold a CDA certificate.
Stark State College, North Canton
The Ohio State University, Columbus
Youngstown State University, Youngstown

Canton-Massillon, OH

Stark State College

6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 44720
(330) 494-6170 x4785
http://www.starkstate.edu/academic-programs/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Stark State College is taught at their North Canton campus. Most of the school’s 15,655 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,607 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $5,791.

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

Miami-Jacobs Career College-Sharonville

Two Crowne Point Court, Suite 100, Sharonville, Ohio 45241
(513) 693-4400
http://www.miamijacobs.edu/programs/dental-assisting

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Sharonville campus. Most of the school’s 170 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are about $12,024 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $12,024.

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants-Cleveland

2450 Prospect Ave E. 2nd Flr., Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2285
(216) 241-2930
http://www.cidma.edu/dental_assistant.shtml

Cleveland Institute of Dental’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Cleveland, OH. Most of the school’s 105 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $9,050 and books and supplies costs of $700. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

Polaris Career Center

7285 Old Oak Blvd, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130-3375
(440) 891-7600
http://www.polaris.edu/high-school/programs/healthcare-academy/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Polaris Career Center is taught at their Middleburg Heights campus. Most of the school’s 310 students are on < 2-year programs. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 98%. Fees at the school are approximately $7,495 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $7,495.

Remington College-Cleveland West Campus

26350 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070-2163
(440) 777-2560
http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/cleveland-dental-assistant-training-program/

The Certificate program at Remington College is taught at their North Olmsted campus. The majority of the school’s 255 students are on 2-year programs.

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants-Mentor

5733 Hopkins Rd, Mentor, Ohio 44060-2035
(216) 241-2930
http://www.cidma.edu/dental_assistant.shtml

The Certificate program at Cleveland Institute of Dental is taught at their Mentor campus. The majority of the school’s 129 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $9,050 and material costs of $700. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Medina County Career Center

1101 W Liberty St, Medina, Ohio 44256
(330) 725-8461 x157
http://www.mcjvs.edu/ui/Full_Time_Courses/Dental_Assisting

Medina County Career Center’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Medina in Medina County, OH. Most of the school’s 87 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $3,821 and material costs of $1,129. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Columbus, OH

Dental Assistant Pro LLC-Columbus

6343 Presidential Gateway, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 891-7075
http://www.dentalassistantpro.com/

The Certificate program at Dental Assistant Pro LLC is taught at their Columbus campus. The majority of the school’s 15 students are on < 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are about $2,525 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $2,525.

Everest Institute-Gahanna

825 Tech Center Dr, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 322-3414 x123
http://www.everest.edu/campus/columbus/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest Institute is offered at their campus in Gahanna in Franklin County. The majority of the school’s 496 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $16,820 and books and supplies costs of $990. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Dayton, OH

Kaplan College-Dayton

2800 East River Road, Dayton, Ohio 45439
(937) 294-6155
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

The Certificate program at Kaplan College is taught at their Dayton campus. This private, for-profit college has about 492 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $15,822 and material costs of $982. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center

6800 Hoke Rd, Clayton, Ohio 45315
(800) 716-7161
http://ae.mvctc.com/programs/dental-assisting/

Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Clayton in Montgomery County, OH. This public college has around 298 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $8,220 and books and supplies costs of $330. The average completion time for the program is 11 months.

Findlay, OH

Brown Mackie College-Findlay

1700 Fostoria Ave, Suite 100, Findlay, Ohio 45840
(419) 423-2211
http://www.brownmackie.edu/findlay/healthcare-and-wellness-programs/dental-assisting-d-286512.aspx

Brown Mackie College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Findlay, OH. The college has about 570 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Fees at this school are about $12,114 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $12,114.

Portsmouth, OH

Scioto County Career Technical Center

951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
(740) 259-5526
http://sciototech.org/home/?page_id=2604

The Certificate program at Scioto County Career Technical Center is offered at their campus in Lucasville in Scioto County. The college has approximately 333 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Fees at the school are approximately $9,135 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $9,135.

Salem, OH

Ohio Valley College of Technology

15258 State Route 170, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920-9585
(330) 385-1070
http://ovct.edu/dental-assisting/

Ohio Valley College of Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of East Liverpool, OH. The college has about 209 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are about $11,698 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $11,698.

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

Eastern Gateway Community College

4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, Ohio 43952-3598
(740) 264-5591
http://www.eitc.edu/academics_health_01.cfm

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Steubenville campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 2,561 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $3,315, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,420 and $4,260 respectively.

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

Choffin Career and Technical Center

200 E Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1600
(330) 744-8700
http://www.choffincareer.com/adult/students/catalog/course/8/dental-assisting

The Certificate program at Choffin Career and Technical Center is taught at their Youngstown campus. The program is ADA accredited. The college has around 186 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 84%. Tuition fees at the school are around $8,000 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $8,000.

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