The American Dental Association provides an up-to-date resource on accredited dental aid or assistant programs in all states, including Alaska. While specific certification is not necessary in Alaska as long as you are working under a licensed and qualified dentist, attending an accredited program can increase your chances of getting a job in this field and being able to maintain a rewarding career. You can learn more about accreditation and search for accredited programs at www.ada.org.
Dental Hygiene Education Alaska
There is currently one accredited dental assisting school in Alaska, located at the the University of Alaska – Anchorage College of Health. The school offers a 34-credit undergraduate certificate as well as an associates degree in applied science upon completion of the coursework and clinical requirements. The program begins annually in August and ends the following June, spanning three semesters and including courses in Biomedical and Dental Sciences for Dental Assistants, Radiographic Lab, and Chairside Techniques, as well as a clinical practicum.
Salaries for Dental Aid/Assistants in Alaska
If you’re a dental care assistant in Alaska, you’re in luck. According to official federal government statistics, Nevada is in the top tier of median salaries for dental care assistants, paying approximately $37,380 – $43,480 annually (which is above the national average annual wage of $34,500). In addition, Alaska is the third highest-paying state for dental assistants, paying a mean wage of $41,970 annually and $20.18 an hourThe state currently employs just over 1,000 dental care assistants.
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