Dental Assisting and Hygiene Education in Washington State

Washington is a great state to live and work (it was recently rated by Forbes as the best state to make a living) and there are excellent opportunities for budding dental assistants and dental hygienists to throw themselves into a great career. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Robust growth in dental assisting and hygienist jobs in predicted. There are currently just under 10,000 assistants and around 6,000 hygienists in the state of Washington. These numbers are expected to rise to around 11,500 and 1,400 respectively by 2022.

Requirements

All dental assistants must be registered to work in by the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC).

To become a Registered Dental Assistant, 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.

To become a dental hygienist in the state of Washington, you must have completed a CODA-accredited dental hygienist program, complete seven hours of AIDS education, and have earned passing scores in the National Board Dental Hygiene exam, the Washington State Drug and Law exam, the WREB, CRDTS or NERB clinical exam, the WREB anesthesia exam and the WREB restorative exam.

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Salaries in Washington

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants in the state of Washington can expect to earn an average of $39,326 annually or $18.91 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Lewiston, ID-WA60$17.82$37,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA3,320$20.49$42,610
Bellingham, WA230$19.26$40,070
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA410$20.04$41,690
Kennewick-Richland, WA370$19.67$40,920
Longview, WA100$19.64$40,850
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA120$19.31$40,170
Olympia-Tumwater, WA440$20.06$41,720
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA5,670$20.01$41,610
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA640$18.45$38,380
Walla Walla, WA50$19.51$40,580
Wenatchee, WA120$18.49$38,450
Yakima, WA320$17.30$35,990

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Washington, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $91,262, or $43.88 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Lewiston, ID-WA50$37.92$78,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA2,480$35.91$74,690
Bellingham, WA150$44.04$91,610
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA160$46.63$96,990
Kennewick-Richland, WA220$41.39$86,100
Longview, WA80$47.42$98,630
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA120$43.95$91,420
Olympia-Tumwater, WA230$43.75$91,010
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA3,340$43.54$90,570
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA550$39.54$82,240
Walla Walla, WA50$39.60$82,370
Wenatchee, WA50$43.00$89,440
Yakima, WA210$41.01$85,290
 

Dental Assisting

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

Everest College-Bremerton

155 Washington Ave. Ste. 200, Bremerton, Washington 98337
(360) 473-1120
http://www.everest.edu/campus/bremerton/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest College is taught at their Bremerton campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 332 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 80%. Fees at the college are approximately $11,736 per year. Tuition for students from outside Washington is $11,736.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
(425) 739-8100
http://www.lwtech.edu/academics/programs_of_study/dental_assistant.html

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.

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115
(206) 322-6100
http://pmi.edu/Programs/Certificate/Dental-Assistant

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.

Renton Technical College

3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
(425) 235-2352
http://www.rtc.edu/programs/trainingprograms/dentalassistant/

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.

Seattle Vocational Institute

2120 S Jackson, Seattle, Washington 98144-2219
(206) 934-4950
http://sviweb.sccd.ctc.edu/p_ah_dent-as.htm

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.

Bates Technical College

1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 680-7000
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/dentalassisting

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.

Bates Technical College

1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 680-7000
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/dentalassisting

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.

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800
http://cptc.edu/programs/dental/dental-assistant-cert

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.

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800
http://cptc.edu/programs/dental/dental-assistant-degree

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.

Everest College-Tacoma

2156 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402-3004
(253) 207-4000
http://www.everest.edu/campus/tacoma/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Tacoma, WA. Most of the school’s 1,001 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are approximately $11,736 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Washington are $11,736.

Everest College-Everett

906 SE Everett Mall Parkway, 6th Floor, Everett, Washington 98208
(425) 789-7960
http://www.everest.edu/campus/everett/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Everett, WA. The majority of the school’s 536 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are approximately $11,736 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $11,736.

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

Spokane Community College

1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020
http://www.scc.spokane.edu/HealthSciences/AlliedHealth/DentalAsst.aspx?page=PV1

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.

Dental Hygiene

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Technical College

3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
(360) 752-7000
http://www.btc.ctc.edu/DegreesClasses/Programs/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=93

The Associate’s program at Bellingham Technical College is taught at their Bellingham campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 2,434 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,637 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $11,557.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000
http://www.clark.edu/academics/catalog/2012/index.php?id=92

The Associate’s program at Clark College is taught at their Vancouver campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has about 12,314 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,650 per year. Tuition for students from outside Washington is $8,840.

Kennewick-Richland, WA

Columbia Basin College

2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, Washington 99301
(509) 547-0511
http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=465

The Associate’s program at Columbia Basin College is taught at their Pasco campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 6,294 students are on 4-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,176 per year. Fees for students from other states are $6,505.

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

Eastern Washington University

526 5th Street, Cheney, Washington 99004-2496
(509) 359-6200
http://www.ewu.edu/cshe/programs/dental-hygiene

The Master program at Eastern Washington University is offered at their campus in the town of Cheney. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year private college with 12,587 students, of which 90% are undergraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $7,961 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $19,612.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500
https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/denthyg/

The Associate’s program at Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is taught at their Lakewood campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 6,855 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,777 per year. Fees for students from other states are $8,967.

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115
(206) 322-6100
http://pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Dental-Hygiene

The Associate’s program at Pima Medical Institute is taught at their Seattle campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 733 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental hygiene program are $12,190 and books and supplies costs of $714. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Seattle Community College-Central Campus

1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 934-3800
http://www.seattlecentral.edu/bachelors/allied-health/dental/

The Associate’s program at Seattle Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Seattle. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has around 7,068 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $3,893 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $9,083.

Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Community College

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
(509) 574-4600
http://www.yvcc.edu/academics/programs/DentalHygiene/Pages/default.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Yakima campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 4,302 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,820 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $4,214.

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