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Western MA Fast Facts

  • Workers in Hampden County: 230
  • Entry Level Salary:$35/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$45/hour

Hampshire Franklin Counties

  • Entry Level Salary:$33/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$39/hour
  • Education Needed: Associate’s Degree/li>
  • Learn more at VCN.org

Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics, May 2016, EOLWD

Dental Assistants

Dental assistants help prepare patients and equipment. They also work alongside a dentist and/or dental hygienist as he or she examines and treats patients.

Maintaining good oral health is a priority focus in our community, and dental assistants play a critical role in this effort.

Dental assistants help prepare patients and equipment. They also work alongside a dentist and/or dental hygienist as he or she examines and treats patients.

Dental assistants:

  • Care for patients directly by greeting them, making them comfortable, and preparing them for a dental exam or treatment
  • Help to educate patients on the importance of good oral care, and how to take care of their teeth and gums
  • Update patient records, performing administrative tasks such as updating treatment information, requesting dental records, and billing

Education and training requirements

A high school diploma or GED and a certificate training program or on-the-job training are required to become a dental assistant. Some employers prefer to hire dental assistants who have passed a certification exam. Please note when you are selecting a dental assistant training program that not all programs provide college credit, which is important if you are planning on advancing your career.

Dental assistants are also expected to have:

  • A comfort level with technology
  • Understanding of basic chemistry and microbiology
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

 

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.