As of 2014, Wyoming has no schools with dental care assistant programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. However, aspiring dental care assistants can enroll in the program at Central Wyoming College (CWC). Founded in 1966, CWC is a public community college with its main campus based in the small city of Riverton.
Dental Assistant Schools in WyomingCentral Wyoming College provides a short yet comprehensive certificate program in dental assisting. It consists of a curriculum that contains 31 credits, which can be completed in one year, or 30 semester hours. Before getting to the core courses, students are required to take general educational requirement classes in math and writing, as well as non-dental courses (computing, accounting, and interpersonal communications). The aforementioned courses comprise 12 credit, and they are designed to encourage students in developing computer and communication skills. The remaining 19 credits comprise the core subjects of the dental assisting program, which include dental radiography, dental assisting fundamentals, dental office procedures, dental therapeutics, and emergency management. Upon completion students receive the Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting. This enables graduates of the program to sit for the Certified Dental Assistant National exam (CDA).
Salaries for Dental Aid/Assistants in WyomingAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dental care assistants in Wyoming made an annual median salary of $33,400 ($16.05 per hour) in 2012. (By comparison, the national median for that profession was $34,500.) The bottom 10 percent made $25,300 ($12.16 per hour) that year; the top 10 percent took home $43,800 ($21.05 per hour). The BLS includes Riverton in the Northwestern Wyoming metropolitan area, where dental care assistants made an annual mean wage of $30,160 in 2012; that of the state in general was $33,550. In 2010, the number of dental assistants in the NW Wyoming metro area was 110, which is 20 percent of the dental care assistants in the state. The BLS expects a 29 percent bump in employment between 2010 and 2020, bringing the number of professionals to 680.
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