Dental Assistant Schools in Pennsylvania
There is also a Pennsylvania chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association (PDHA) provides information regarding state requirements for continuing education. These are the mandatory courses needed for ongoing license renewal within Pennsylvania. The current requirements are for dental hygienists to complete 20 hours of continuing education credits every two years. Full information about what courses must be taken, which can vary depending on your area of specialization or certification, can be found at the PA state board of dentistry website. The PDHA website also provides updated listings of course offerings held in specific areas of the state.
Salaries for Dental Aid/Assistants in Pennsylvania
In general, according to salary.com, Pennsylvania dental care assistants make more than the national average if they work in the eastern part of the state, while dental care assistants in the central and western parts of Pennsylvania are likely to make less than the national average. For instance, the median salary for a dental assistant in Philadelphia is almost $35,000, while the median salary for a dental care assistant in Pittsburgh is not quite $33,000. The variance in salary across the state is likely due to a number of factors, including population.
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In addition to the list of accredited dental assisting schools on the PDAA website, you can also find a list of other continuing education programs, meetings and seminars. They also provide the contact information for local dental assisting societies that offer various continuing education programs for dental care assistants in different parts of the state.
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