A dental assistant may serve as a clinical chair side assistant, secretary-bookkeeper, office manager, or laboratory technician. Our program focuses on clinical chair side skills, and prepares the student for employment in all areas of dental assisting including the dental specialties of orthodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.
95 - 100 percent of the graduates find employment in the Eugene/Springfield area. The remaining graduates are able to find employment in other parts of the state. Starting salary in the Eugene/Springfield area averages $15.00 - $16.00 per hour.
To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to Certified Background Check, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access Certified Background Check, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.
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One-Year Certificate of Completion
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Standard Occupational Classification: 31-9091.00
For a profile of this occupation go to the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net website: Dental Assistants
Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Surgical TechnologistsHow many students completed the Dental Assisting 1-year Certificate in 2013-14?
In academic year 2013-14, 37 students completed this certificate.
What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?
Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 10.8% completed on time.
NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.
How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?
Lane County: 17; Statewide: 192
What wages are forecast for this occupation?
Lane County hourly average - $20.32; annual average - $42,274
Oregon hourly average - $19.55; annual average - $40,658
How much will the program cost?
(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)
- Resident tuition and student fees - $5,100
- Differential fees - $952
- Books, supplies, other program costs - $5,002
- On-campus room and board - Not offered
- Total estimate - $11,054
Explanation of costs: www.lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-fees-and-expenses
What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?
Federal loans - 9,407
Private loans - Not available
Institutional financing - $0