Become a Dental Assistant in New Hampshire - NH
New Hampshire has a lot to offer dental workers. First, they are the top paying state in the country for dental assistants, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The annual average salary is over $40,000 and many dental assistants earn more than this! This salary is $7,000 more than dental assistants across the country earn on average. There are currently around 1,500 registered dental assistants in New Hampshire.
How to Become a Dental Assistant in New HampshireThere are four levels of dental assistants recognized by the state of New Hampshire: Dental Assistants, Dental Assistants Qualified to Perform Expanded Functions, Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant, and Graduate Dental Assistant. The education and training requirements vary for all. At the most basic level of dental assisting, an education beyond high school is not required. Entry-level dental assistants are trained on-the-job and can perform basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
Beyond this, dental assistants will need to complete further education, training, and certification. For a complete list of education requirements and a more thorough job description of each level of dental assisting, visit the DANB website (www.danb.org) and see New Hampshire state specific requirements.
Any dental assistant wishing to operate x-ray equipment or assist and perform radiological procedures must become certified to do so through the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners.