Dental Assisting Programs in Rhode Island

Today could be a great day to start a new career as a dental assistant. The rise in demand for healthcare workers across the US in general, coupled with a trend among dentists to delegate more responsibilities to their staff, means that opportunities are improving in Rhode Island and in the northeast. [Seguir leyendo en español]

There are around 890 persons employed as dental assistants in Rhode Island. The US Department of Labor expects that number to have increased to 860 by 2026.

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Requirements

Rhode Island’s state dental practice act defines a list of basic supportive functions dental assistants may perform under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. To work at this level, there are no express educational prerequisites.

Expanded functions may be performed under direction of a licensed dentist if they hold the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, and have received instruction in the specific function they wish to practice. The CDA certification must be current to be valid.

For more information on prohibited and allowable duties, see this guide.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 Dental Assistants in the state of Rhode Island earned an average of $43,710 annually or $21.02 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI260$20.07$41,740
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA1,110$19.79$41,160

College Listings

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln

622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
(401) 334-2430
https://www.lincolntech.edu/careers/health-sciences/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Lincoln Technical Institute is offered at their campus in Lincoln in Providence County. The program is accredited by the ADA. This private, for-profit college has about 539 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $18,395. On average the program takes 13 months to complete.

 

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