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How Much Does Dental Assistant School Cost?

 average costVaries by State and School: $850-$7,560 
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Certified Dental Assistants work under the supervision of dentists preparing equipment, assisting during procedures, taking health histories and instructing patients on postoperative care. Some dental offices offer on-the-job training. A high school diploma is required. Each state is different in licensing and allowable functions and about 30 states now require certification[1] .

Typical costs:

  • Certificate or diploma programs may be accomplished through community colleges in either 11 months as a full-time student or 22 months studying part time. Cost for the 42-unit program varies by state from $850 to $7,560, depending on the average unit cost.
  • The Center for Technology in Essex, Vermont[2] offers a course for about $5,525 while the cost at Texas State Technical College[3] runs $4,975. In California[4] where the per-unit charge is only $20, the certificate program is about $850 at Santa Rosa Junior College[5] in Santa Rosa. In order to be eligible to take the national exam, the school must be accredited by the American Dental Association.
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Additional costs:
  • Registration fees run about $60.
  • Students in the one-year program generally study from August through August then take the board in November. The Certified Dental Assistant exam[6] costs about $125 for registration and both the written and practical exams.
  • Lab fees cost around $560.
  • Books and supplies average $1,600.
  • The American Dental Assistants Association offers an annual scholarship.
Shopping for dental assistant school:
  • The American Dental Association maintains a list of accredited dental assisting programs by state.
  • A list of local American Dental Assistants Associations is maintained online.
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The best decision I have ever made. The hands on training and the teachers are worth the financial investment.
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