Find Dental Assistant Training in Oregon

There are many good reasons for considering a career in dental assisting, especially in the coming years. The state of Oregon, just like many other US states, is enjoying above average growth in healthcare jobs, and dental assisting and dental hygiene follow that trend. [Seguir leyendo en español]

There are currently around 5,270 people employed as dental assistants and around 3,870 as hygienists. These numbers are expected to get close to 5,370 and 4,660 respectively by 2022. That represents a 10-year growth rate of 15.2% in assisting jobs and 15.7% in hygienists.

Requirements

A dental assistant performing basic supportive duties requires no specific training in the state of Oregon. The state dental practice act, however, defines four other titles that may perform expanded functions: Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA), EFDA with Restorative Functions Certificate, Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant (EFODA) and Anesthesia Dental Assistant.

There are three different pathways by examination to qualify as an EFDA.

The first is to attain an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency (e.g. by passing a course approved by the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Public Health Division, Office of Environmental Public Health, Radiation Protection Services, or the Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) and passing the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam), and graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program.

The second is to attain an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency (as above), pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, pass the Oregon Expanded Functions – General Dental Assisting exam (ORXG), and provide endorsement from a licensed dentist stating that you have completed clinical requirements.

The third is to attain an Oregon Certificate of Radiologic Proficiency (as above), pass the Oregon Basic Dental Assisting exam (ORB), pass the Oregon Expanded Functions – General Dental Assisting exam (ORXG), and provide endorsement from a licensed dentist stating that you have completed clinical requirements.

There exists a fourth pathway by credentials.

An EFDA with Restorative Functions Certificate is a person who has completed a Board-approved curriculum from a CODA-accredited program and has passed the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Restorative Exam. (Other equivalent exams may be acceptable to the Board).

An Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant (EFODA) is someone who has met the requirements of one of 4 different pathways. The three pathways by examination are as follows.

The first is by completing a CODA-accredited dental assisting program. The second is by passing the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam, passing the Oregon Expanded Functions – Orthodontic Assisting exam (ORXO) and by providing endorsement from a licensed dentist stating that you have completed clinical requirements. The third pathway accepts the Oregon Basic Dental Assisting exam (ORB) as a substitute for the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam in the second pathway.

An Anesthesia Dental Assistant is a person who holds a current Health Care Provider BLS/CPR certification and has either completed the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia Assistants Program conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants Course conducted by the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

To become a dental hygienist in the state of Oregon, you must be at least 18 years old, have graduated from a CODA-approved dental hygiene program, passed the National Board dental hygiene exam, passed the Board’s Jurisprudence examination and passed any state or regional clinical examination.

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Salaries in Oregon

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 Dental Assistants in the state of Oregon earned an average of $42,130 annually or $20.26 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albany, OR120$19.80$41,180
Bend-Redmond, OR150$21.55$44,810
Corvallis, OR100$20.92$43,510
Eugene, OR540$18.94$39,400
Grants Pass, OR100$19.72$41,020
Medford, OR360$20.44$42,520
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA3,560$20.54$42,720
Salem, OR580$18.43$38,330

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Oregon in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $78,720, or $37.85 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albany, OR120$35.41$73,660
Bend-Redmond, OR180$38.86$80,830
Corvallis, OR100$45.08$93,770
Eugene, OR380$38.15$79,360
Grants Pass, OR80$42.97$89,390
Medford, OR270$40.97$85,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA2,510$36.72$76,390
Salem, OR310$37.89$78,820

Dental Assisting

Albany, OR

Linn-Benton Community College

6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321
(541) 917-4999
http://www.linnbenton.edu/programs-of-study/majors/programs&MajorsProgramsID=157

The Certificate program at Linn-Benton Community College is taught at their Albany campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. This public college has around 5,974 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,137 per year. Tuition for students from outside Oregon is $8,757.

Eugene, OR

Lane Community College

4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640
(541) 463-3000
https://www.lanecc.edu/hp/dental/dental-assisting

The Certificate program at Lane Community College is taught at their Eugene campus. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 12,192 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,776 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $8,456.

Hermiston-Pendleton, OR

Blue Mountain Community College

2411 NW Carden Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 276-1260
https://www.bluecc.edu/departments_dental

Blue Mountain Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Pendleton in Umatilla County, OR. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 2,911 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,998 per year. Tuition for students from outside Oregon is $11,390.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Clackamas Community College

19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, Oregon 97045-8980
(503) 594-6000
http://www.clackamas.edu/Programs/Dental-Assistant.aspx

Clackamas Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Oregon City in Clackamas County, OR. The college has around 7,646 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,133 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Oregon is $11,558.

Portland Community College

12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
(971) 722-6111
http://www.pcc.edu/programs/dental-assisting/

Portland Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Portland, OR. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 33,767 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,448 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Oregon is $8,056.

Roseburg, OR

Umpqua Community College

1140 College Rd., Roseburg, Oregon 97470-0226
(541) 440-4600
http://www.umpqua.edu/dental-assisting

Umpqua Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Roseburg in Douglas County, OR. The college has about 2,607 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,990 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $8,514.

Salem, OR

Chemeketa Community College

4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, Oregon 97305
(503) 399-5000
http://www.chemeketa.edu/programs/dental/

Chemeketa Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Salem in Marion County, OR. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has around 12,371 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,320 per year, while students from other states will pay $11,610.

Dental Hygiene

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Carrington College-Portland

2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor, Portland, Oregon 97232-1309
(503) 761-6100
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s program at Carrington College is taught at their Portland campus. The majority of the school’s 449 students are on 2-year programs. The dental hygiene program has annual tuition fees of $61,200 and material costs of $7,765. The average completion time for the program is 21 months.

Eugene, OR

Lane Community College

4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640
(541) 463-3000
https://www.lanecc.edu/hp/dental/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s program at Lane Community College is taught at their Eugene campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 12,192 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,776 per year. Fees for students from other states are $8,456.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Mt Hood Community College

26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 97030
(503) 491-6422
http://www.mhcc.edu/DentalHygiene.aspx?id=1861

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Gresham campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has about 9,847 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $4,602 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $10,002.

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology

3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000
http://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/dental-hygiene/k-falls

The Bachelor program at Oregon Institute of Technology is offered at their campus in the town of Klamath Falls. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year private college with 3,991 students, of which 99% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $8,548 per year. The fees for students from outside Oregon are $22,188.

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