Rhode Island–one of the smallest states in the United States by population and land mass–is home to two schools with dental care assistant training programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Both of them–the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and Lincoln Technical Institute (Lincoln Tech)–are based in Lincoln, one of the state’s northeastern cities. While CCRI is the only community college in R.I. and was founded to solely provide the state with two-year programs, Lincoln Tech is a national educational organization with more than 40 campus throughout the country.
Dental Assistant Schools in Rhode IslandSchools in R.I. offer a diploma or certificate in dental assisting. Although the program can be completed within a year and a half, the number of credits differ, and the period of study depends on the student. For instance, at Lincoln Tech, students can choose between the full-time day option (51 weeks) and the part-time evening option (72 weeks). The Community College of Rhode Island requires a total of 38 credits for completion of its program, which includes a pre-admission course (Introduction to Dental Health Careers); and general education requirement courses in biology, physics, English, and oral communication. At Lincoln Tech, the total number of credits is 51. Common core courses include Chairside Dental Assisting, Dental Radiography, and Dental Office Management. Generally Lincoln Tech has the more advanced course selections, with two externship units (one for general dental practice, the other for specialization) and two units of dental radiography.
Salaries for Dental Assistants in Rhode IslandIn 2012, the annual median salary of dental care assistants in R.I. was $36,500, or $17.56 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This surpasses the annual median wage for dental care assistants on a national scale, at $34,500 ($16.59 per hour). The bottom 10 percent of dental assistants in R.I. took home $25,800 ($12.42 per hour), while the highest 10 percent made $45,900 ($22.09 per hour). Rhode Island is home to 880 dental care assistants, a number that the BLS believes will grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020.
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