Dental Assisting in Washington State
Washington is a great state to live and work in (in recent years, it was rated by MoneyRates.com as the best state to make a living) and there are excellent opportunities for budding dental assistants to throw themselves into a great career. [Seguir leyendo en español]
Robust growth in dental assisting jobs is predicted. According to the Employment Security Department of Washington State, there were 11,130 dental assistants employed statewide. This number is projected to rise to around 13,280 respectively by 2028. That equates to a growth rate of 19%. Check out the requirements to become a dental assistant in Washington below.[You can find information on Dental Hygiene schools here.]
Dental Assistant Requirements in Washington
All dental assistants must be registered to work in by the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC).
To become a Registered Dental Assistant in Washington, aside from completing the required forms and paying a fee, you must complete seven hours of AIDS education and hold a current and valid health care provider basic life support (BLS) certification. Registration must be renewed annually.
Registered Dental Assistants can be qualified in sealant/fluoride varnish solely for the purpose of treating children in school-based programs. Such a qualification requires 200 hours of work experience incorporating training – clinical and didactic – in sealants and fluoride varnish treatments, verified by the licensed doctor who provided the training, and have graduated from a CODA-accredited assisting, hygiene or dental program, or other continuing education or in-house training with a Washington-licensed dentist.
Registered Dental Assistants may also monitor patients receiving deep sedation or general anesthesia if they have received a minimum of 14 hours of documented training in a specifically designed course which includes instruction and practical experience in the use of appropriate equipment.
An Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) in Washington is a person who has either graduated from a CODA-accredited assisting program or is DANB CDA certified, and has completed an EFDA course approved by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC), passed the Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE) administered by DANB, passed a clinical exam administered by the Western Regional Examining Board, and complete completion of seven hours of AIDS education.
A Dental Anesthesia Assistant is a person who has passed the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) provided by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS)’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants Course, or equivalent, complete training in intravenous access or phlebotomy, hold a current and valid certification for health care provider basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and complete seven hours of AIDS education and training.
Dental Assistant Salaries in Washington
For full information on how much dental assistants earn in Washington State, as well as future jobs prospects visit this page.
Well-Known Schools in Washington
There are 16 dental assisting schools in Washington that are recognized by the US Department of Education. As such, students may be eligible for federal financial aid. Of these, only 8 have accreditation from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 10 schools are public and the rest private. For reviews of schools, search online for alumni opinions.
Institute of Advanced Dental Assisting (IADA) has a 13-week dental assisting program at their campus at 4337 15th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108 (206-762-1551). The program consists of 78 hours of lectures and lab, and 50 hours of internship with a practicing dentist. The fee comes to $8,500 and includes tuition, books, art and other supplies, use of lab, online supplemental study help, CPR certificate, and certificate of course completion. All you need for the application process is high school diploma or GED and a school transcript. IADA is also a full-service dental clinic with a licensed dentist and hygienist.
North West Dental Assisting School of Berkshire College has an accelerated curriculum that is approved and licensed by the State of Washington. It runs over 10 weeks and costs a discounted $2,995 (regular cost is $3,995). Specific start and end dates vary, although they have four quarters throughout the year, with classes held every Friday or Saturday, at the student’s preference. Berkshire College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. To apply, you will not need to participate in an entrance exam. Instead, you will be required to demonstrate that you have a reasonable understanding of the English language. For more information, call them at 253-273-8665.
Dental Assistant Training Center, with a campus at 5701 NE Bothell Way #2, Kenmore, WA 98028, (425-806-8816), has a dental assisting program that runs for 11 consecutive weeks, 8 classroom hours per week (for a total of 88 hours of classroom instruction), plus 6 hours a week of home study. The course includes hand-on training using mannequins, each other, and actual patients. It starts 4 times a year (January, April, July, and November), and it costs $3,895, with a minimum of $1595 required prior to the start of classes to secure your place. The course fee is meant to cover all expenses, although it would be helpful to check with the school prior to making a commitment.
Other schools in WA
Northshore Dental Assisting Academy, LLC has a dental assisting program at their campus at 6610 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028 (425-408-9400). The program covers 187 hours of instruction over a course of 22 Fridays or Saturdays and costs $6,000. River City School of Dental Assisting, at 2723 Chapman Road, Greenacres, WA 99016 (509-768-8188) offers a 10-week dental assisting program at a cost of $2,850, including tuition, books and supplies.
Future dental assistants in the state of Washington can also choose distance learning to get training in scheduling appointments, managing the medical office and updating patient records. Penn Foster College offers an online dental assistant training program. Get more information here.
11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Kirkland in King County, WA. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has approximately 3,782 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,907 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $9,096.
9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115
Pima Medical Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Seattle, WA. The majority of the school’s 733 students are on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $12,190 and material costs of $714. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.
3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
The Certificate program at Renton Technical College is offered at their campus in the city of Renton. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 3,312 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are about $4,720 per year. Fees for students from other states are $4,720.
2120 S Jackson, Seattle, Washington 98144-2219
Seattle Vocational Institute’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Seattle, WA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has approximately 317 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years.Tuition fees at this college are approximately $3,794 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $3,794.
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Bates Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Tacoma, WA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 4,158 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are about $5,151 per year. Fees for students from other states are $5,151.
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
The Associate’s program at Bates Technical College is taught at their Tacoma campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has approximately 4,158 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are approximately $5,151 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $5,151.
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
The Certificate program at Clover Park Technical College is taught at their Lakewood campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 3,666 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,451 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $9,611.
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Lakewood campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 3,666 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,451 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $9,611.
1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
The Associate’s program at Spokane Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Spokane. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The college has around 6,961 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,489 per year. Tuition for students from outside Washington is $8,680.