South Dakotan Dental Assistant Training Programs

There is good news for South Dakotans looking to enter the dental assisting profession. Just as the demand for health professionals is growing across the US, there are good reasons for optimism in South Dakota. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The state predicts growth of 10.7% in the number of dental assistants in the ten years to 2026. This is therefore a great time to start your career.

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Requirements

There are no obligatory training requirements for dental assistants working and performing what the state dental act considers to be basic chairside procedures, alongside a licensed dental professional, beyond the need to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. You must be at least 18 years old.

To perform expanded duties in South Dakota, you must be licensed by the South Dakota State Board of Dentistry (SDBD) as an Advanced Dental Assistant, and this level does have specific requirements. To earn this status, you must either graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program in South Dakota or elsewhere, or pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam or another Board-approved exam. Additionally, you must hold a current CPR certification.

There are further training requirements for Nitrous Oxide Administration, Monitor General and Moderate Sedation and Intravenous Line Administration.

For Dental Hygiene Schools in South Dakota and employment requirements, see this page.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of South Dakota are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have earned an average annual salary of $37,820 in 2018, which is equivalent to $18.19 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Rapid City, SD220$16.22$33,740
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD180$17.22$35,810
Sioux Falls, SD220$18.84$39,190

College Listings

Watertown, SD

Lake Area Technical Institute

1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
(605) 882-5284
https://www.lakeareatech.edu/academics/edegrees/dental-assisting-e-degree/

Lake Area Technical Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Watertown, SD. The program is ADA accredited. The college has about 1,482 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the school are about $4,850 per year. Tuition for students from outside South Dakota is $4,850.

Lake Area Technical Institute

1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
(605) 882-5284
https://www.lakeareatech.edu/academics/edegrees/dental-assisting-e-degree/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Watertown campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The college has around 1,482 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are around $4,850 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $4,850.

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