Dental Assistant in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Dental Assisting Programs in Pennsylvania


Each year, roughly 0.2% of Pennsylvania students graduate with certificates in dental assisting. Thus, Pennsylvania's 26 dental assistant schools put out approximately 648 dental assistants each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a dental assistant program is Great Lakes Institute of Technology, which is located in Erie. In 2010, it was ranked 65th nationwide. In 2010, Great Lakes Institute of Technology graduated 4 students from its dental assistant program.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a dental assistant program is Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center, which is located in Altoona. In 2010, it was ranked 66th nationwide. 7 students graduated with certificate in dental assistant from Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center in 2010.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a dental assistant program is Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants, which is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, it was ranked 67th nationwide. In 2010, 33 students graduated from Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants dental assistant program. Tuition at Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants was $0 per year.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Pennsylvania's dental assistant schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $5,527 per year, though tuition can range from $25,100 per year to $2,700 per year. The Pennsylvania dental assistant schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Sanford-Brown Institute - located in Feasterville Trevose, students are charged $25,100 per year
  2. Sanford-Brown Institute - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $20,533 per year
  3. Harcum College - located in Bryn Mawr, students are charged $18,950 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Pennsylvania dental assistant schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Westmoreland County Community College - located in Youngwood, students are charged $2,700 per year
  2. Luzerne County Community College - located in Nanticoke, students are charged $3,090 per year
  3. Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg - located in Harrisburg, students are charged $3,835 per year

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

Most people who graduate from dental assistant school in Pennsylvania go on to work as a dental assistant. If you decide to work as a dental assistant in Pennsylvania, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 10,800 Pennsylvania dental assistants as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Pennsylvania dental assistants:

  1. Bucks County - 3,670 dental assistants
  2. Allegheny County - 2,070 dental assistants
  3. Warren County - 740 dental assistants

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of dental assistants is expected to grow by 16% by 2018. There are projected to be 13,100 dental assistants working in the Pennsylvania then.

Salary

On average, a dental assistant earns a salary of $31,280 per year in Pennsylvania state. However, this number is only an average. dental assistants in Pennsylvania had varying salaries from $17,420 to $49,350 per year in 2010. On average a dental assistant earns the most in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Warren County - $33,960 per year
  2. Bucks County - $33,730 per year
  3. York County - $33,630 per year

On average, dental assistants earns the least in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Bedford County - $24,480 per year
  2. Cambria County - $25,220 per year
  3. Clarion County - $25,820 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Dental Assisting in Pennsylvania

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,447 miles from location Harris School of Business-Upper Darby Campus Upper Darby PA n/a n/a n/a
5,687 miles from location Forbes Road Career and Technology Center Monroeville PA n/a n/a n/a
5,535 miles from location Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg PA 13.2135 n/a 22,529
5,499 miles from location Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke PA 12.9331 n/a 7,130
5,675 miles from location Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood PA 11.809 n/a 7,089
5,521 miles from location YTI Career Institute York PA 17.4112 n/a 1,882
5,720 miles from location Tri-State Business Institute Erie PA 19.98 n/a 1,603
5,434 miles from location Sanford-Brown Institute Feasterville Trevose PA 20.0113 n/a 1,396
5,443 miles from location Thompson Institute Philadelphia PA 19.7687 n/a 1,208
5,451 miles from location Harcum College Bryn Mawr PA 17.9085 82% 1,154
5,440 miles from location Manor College Jenkintown PA 25.1342 89% 952
5,452 miles from location CHI Institute-Broomall Broomall PA 22.1044 n/a 783
5,690 miles from location Sanford-Brown Institute Pittsburgh PA 25.8807 n/a 689
5,700 miles from location Bradford School Pittsburgh PA 31.0634 36% 601
5,717 miles from location Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie PA 35.3055 90% 499
5,500 miles from location Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Willow Street PA 29.0259 n/a 483
5,539 miles from location YTI Career Institute Mechanicsburg PA 6.86716 n/a 295
5,616 miles from location YTI Career Institute Altoona PA 24.5408 n/a 274
5,533 miles from location Keystone Technical Institute Harrisburg PA 14.8165 n/a 250
5,616 miles from location Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center Altoona PA 34.4578 n/a 241
5,643 miles from location Commonwealth Technical Institute Johnstown PA 25.5362 n/a 235
5,484 miles from location Fortis Institute Scranton PA 28.5934 100% 222
5,447 miles from location All-State Career School Essington PA 30.6119 n/a 202
5,506 miles from location Schuylkill Technology Center Frackville PA 29.116 n/a 166
5,435 miles from location Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants Philadelphia PA 32.7186 n/a 124
5,688 miles from location Career Training Academy New Kensington PA 30.2592 n/a 110
 

Curious what studying Dental Assistant gets you?

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

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Dental Assistants + 10,800 $31,280 -3.1%
2
Dental Laboratory Technicians + 1,010 $37,250 -33.1%
 

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