Dental Assistant in Missouri

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Schools Offering Dental Assisting Programs in Missouri

Each year, approximately 0.2% of Missouri graduates receive certificates in dental assisting. Thus, Missouri's 15 dental assistant schools put out approximately 410 dental assistants each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Missouri that has a dental assistant program is Nichols Career Center. Nichols Career Center, which was ranked 53rd in the country in 2010, is located in Jefferson City. 13 students graduated with a certificate in dental assistant from Nichols Career Center in 2010.

Midwest Institute, which was ranked 61st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Missouri that has a dental assistant program. It is located in Saint Louis. In 2010, 17 students graduated from Midwest Institute dental assistant program.

Franklin Technology-MSSU, which is located in Joplin, is the third-ranked school in Missouri that has a dental assistant program. It received a ranking of 68th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Franklin Technology-MSSU graduated 4 students from its dental assistant programs. Tuition at Franklin Technology-MSSU was $0 per year.


If you choose to attend a Missouri dental assistant school, average tuition will be $4,598 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,352 per year to $15,455 per year. In 2010, the following Missouri dental assistant schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Missouri College - located in Saint Louis, students are charged $15,455 per year
  2. Everest College-Springfield Campus - located in Springfield, students are charged $12,708 per year
  3. Vatterott College - located in Saint Louis, students are charged $11,829 per year

The dental assistant schools in Missouri that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Ozarks Technical Community College - located in Springfield, students are charged $2,352 per year
  2. Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley - located in Kansas City, students are charged $2,460 per year
  3. Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park - located in Saint Louis, students are charged $2,490 per year

A dental assistant certificate from a Missouri school... what next?

The highest percentage of dental assistant graduates in Missouri pursue careers as a dental assistant. Missouri had 5,110 dental assistants in 2010. The largest populations of Missouri dental assistants are working in the following counties:

  1. Bond County - 2,540 dental assistants
  2. Franklin County - 1,960 dental assistants
  3. Christian County - 500 dental assistants

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of dental assistants in Missouri will grow by 21%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 6,060 dental assistants working in Missouri.


A dental assistant in Missouri makes an average of $33,490 per year. In 2010, however, some Missouri dental assistants earned as little as less than $18,520 per year or as much as more than $46,100 per year. The following counties in Missouri have the highest average salaries for dental assistants:

  1. Bond County - $35,730 per year
  2. Franklin County - $34,770 per year
  3. Callaway County - $34,390 per year

The Missouri counties with the lowest average salary for dental assistants are:

  1. Barry County - $25,710 per year
  2. Adair County - $28,140 per year
  3. Jasper County - $28,720 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Missouri statistics regarding a career in dental assisting and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as dental assisting or dental hygiene.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Dental Assisting in Missouri
  • Certificate in Dental Assisting in Missouri

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,407 miles from location Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield MO 11.4627 n/a 12,884
6,240 miles from location Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park Saint Louis MO 9.06966 n/a 8,207
6,472 miles from location Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Kansas City MO 9.3452 n/a 4,656
6,242 miles from location Vatterott College Saint Louis MO 24.3007 n/a 1,707
6,245 miles from location Sanford-Brown College Hazelwood MO 20.3659 n/a 929
6,243 miles from location Missouri College Saint Louis MO 19.3966 n/a 920
6,471 miles from location Concorde Career Colleges Kansas City MO 31.0093 100% 821
6,406 miles from location Vatterott College Springfield MO 26.1229 n/a 609
6,407 miles from location Everest College-Springfield Campus Springfield MO 18.4511 81% 520
6,248 miles from location Anthem College-Fenton Fenton MO 25.9594 n/a 446
6,250 miles from location Anthem College-Maryland Heights Maryland Heights MO 21.4481 n/a 346
6,473 miles from location Anthem College-Kansas City Kansas City MO 15.9981 n/a 323
6,471 miles from location Franklin Technology-MSSU Joplin MO 31.8145 n/a 226
6,247 miles from location Midwest Institute Saint Louis MO 38.906 100% 191
6,343 miles from location Nichols Career Center Jefferson City MO 47.0264 100% 78

Curious what studying Dental Assistant gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Missouri

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Dental Assistants + 5,110 $33,490 4.1%
Dental Laboratory Technicians + 830 $40,150 -15.3%

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