There are six schools in Nebraska with accredited dental care assistant programs: Central Community College, Southeast Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Kaplan University, Metropolitan Community College, and Vatterott College. Half of them have campuses at Omaha, the state’s largest city. A third of them–Kaplan University and Vatterott College–are actually career training institute with a more national-orientated presence. The other four are community colleges, mainly providing two-year programs to their respective communities.
Dental Assistant Schools in NebraskaAll aforementioned colleges and universities offer a Certificate or Diploma in Dental Assisting. With a curriculum that takes a year to complete, the certificate/diploma program provides the basic skills needed to become an entry-level dental care assistant. Core courses are in subject areas that include chairside assisting, dental materials, medical terminology, oral hygiene, and dental radiography. Also included are clinical classes for simulating the typical workplace, thus helping students acquire hands-on experience. Metropolitan Community College and Mid-Plains Community College provide the option of getting an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. Students are required to complete additional credits, which usually comprise general education requirements. Also included are more clinical courses for more hands-on experience in hospitals or clinics. The Associate degree takes two years to complete, instead of one.
Salaries for Dental Assistant in NebraskaAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dental care assistants in Nebraska had an annual mean wage of $32,130 ($15.85 per hour). It is lower than the national mean annual salary for the profession, at $35,080 ($16.86 per hour). However, in Lincoln (the state capital) in particular, the annual mean wage is higher than the national numbers, at $36,630 ($17.61 per hour). Percentile wages of dental assistants in Nebraska are $24,200 at the 10th percentile, $27,100 at the 25th percentile, $31,600 at the 50th percentile, $36,800 at the 75th percentile, and $42,800 at the 90th percentile.
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