The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is the only school in the state of North Dakota with a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Founded in 1903, NDSCS is a public college in Wahpeton, the county seat of Richland County. Although a two-year institution, it prides itself in having an atmosphere similar to a four-year university.
Dental Assistant Schools in North DakotaNDSCS offers two choice in dental care assistant training: a Certificate in Dental Assisting and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Dental Assisting. The certificate program consists of 41 credits and can be completed within a year. By comparison, the A.A.S. degree requires the completion of 66 credits and can be wrapped up within a two-year period. Core courses are in subject areas that include chairside dental assisting, biodental science, oral anatomy, dental radiology, dental materials, and office management. Students also take a couple of courses in biology, microbiology, psychology, and technical communications. Included in each curriculum are units of clinical training for hands-on experience. The A.A.S. degree program has the addition of more advanced English composition courses, as well as 14 credits in general education electives as determined by an academic advisor. For admission to the dental assisting program, applicants need to have a high school diploma or GED, at least 8 hours of chairside dental assisting observation, and completed a Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test. Also, grades in high school biology and chemistry and college anatomy and microbiology is considered, and there should be a minimum GPA of 2.0 in high school or college.
Salaries for Dental Care Assistants in North DakotaIn 2012, the annual median salary of dental care assistants in North Dakota was $34,400 ($16.53 per hour), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); the annual median salary on a national scale was only $100 more. The bottom 10 percent took home $26,900 ($12.95 per hour), while the top 10 percent took home $45,200 ($21.74 per hour). North Dakota had 580 dental care assistants in 2010. The BLS estimates that between 2010 and 2020 employment will rise by 13 percent, bringing the aforementioned number to 650.
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