How to Become a Dental Assistant in Nevada

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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Nevada

Dental assistants are a vital part of every dental clinic or practice.

Their responsibilities vary from basic and supportive, to a more complex one.

Before pursuing a job as dental assistants, individuals must see the regulations regarding this profession in the state they wish to work in.

The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners is not licensing assistants in the dental field in Nevada.

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Due to this fact employers have to come up with their training and education for candidates.

Dental assistants are allowed to perform certain functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist.

Don’ts for Dental Assistants in Nevada

There are certain functions that dental assistants are not allowed to perform:

  • Functions that are not listed in the Nevada Dental Practice Act, NAC 631.220
  • Performing surgery on soft or hard tissues in the oral cavity
  • Any intraoral procedure resulting in irreversible alteration
  • Diagnose patients
  • Plan treatment for patients
  • Prescribe drugs
  • Authorization of orthodontic, restorative, or prosthodontic appliances
  • Administration of deep sedation, conscious sedation or general anesthesia

Schools for Dental Assistants in Nevada

Although the state doesn’t require a certain education, it is considered a great advantage to have one in the dental field.

Employers prefer candidates with some form of education because they are allowed to perform more functions.

The CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) is accrediting dental assisting programs in the state of Nevada.

Such programs can be found in Reno and Las Vegas.

Listed below is a list of courses that individuals can enroll in:

  • Clinical Dental Science
  • Dental Chairside Procedures
  • Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Dental Materials and Lab Techniques
  • Dental Radiography
  • Orientation to Dental Assisting
  • Preclinical Dental Science
  • Practice Management and Procedures
  • Supervised Clinical Practicum

During the programs, dental assistants will have the chance to experience on-the-job training.

They will be allowed to assist licensed dentists or dental hygienists.

During these practices, individuals will perform functions and techniques they have learned.

Also, they need to make contacts with potential employers where they can apply after graduation.

School Name Address
Las Vegas Dental Assistant School 2801 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89102
Arch Dental Assistant Academy - Nevada 2801 W Charleston Blvd Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Northwest Career College 7398 Smoke Ranch Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89128
National School of Dental Assisting 461 Hot Springs Rd Carson City NV 89703
National School of Dental Assisting 9710 S. McCarren Blvd Reno NV 89523
Northern Nevada’s Premier Dental Assisting School Reno, NV
UEI - LAS VEGAS CAMPUS 3450 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89109
BDG Academy 6960 Westcliff Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Henderson Campus 700 College Dr. Henderson, NV 89002
North Las Vegas Campus 3200 East Cheyenne Ave. North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Truckee Meadows Community College 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512
Carrington College 5740 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 140 Las Vegas NV 89119
Carrington College 5580 Kietzke Ln. Reno NV 89511
Pahrump Academy of Dental Assisting 2340 E. Calvada Blvd Suite 1 Pahrump, NV 89048
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89154
Western Nevada College 2201 West College Parkway Dini Building, Room 217 Carson City, NV 89703 US
Milan Institute 950 Industrial Way, Sparks, Nevada 89431
Milan Institute 710 S. Tonopah Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89106
IPC Dental Assistant School 4448 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
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National Certification Options for Dental Assistants in Nevada

The DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) offers national certifications for dental assistants.

The most wanted certification is the CDA (Certified Dental Assistant).

This kind of certification is recognized across the USA.

It shows potential employers that the candidate is serious and wishes to pursue a career as a dental assistant.

The DANB encourages all assistants in the dental field to become CDAs (Certified Dental Assistants).

To become CDA candidates have to pass the CDA examination.

If individuals wish to become eligible to take the CDA exam, they must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Have a GED or high school diploma, as well as 3,500 hours of proved working experience
  • Have a former CDA, or be a graduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the CODA, or have a dental degree from a foreign country

To pass the CDA examination, individuals must pass its three subsections:

  • GC (General Chairside Assisting)
  • ICE (Infection Control)
  • RHS (Radiation Health and Safety)

The exam is held in Pearson VUE centers in the state of Nevada in Las Vegas and Reno.

Also, such centers can be found in nearby states in:

  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Bountiful, UT
  • Draper, UT
  • Ogden, UT
  • Fresno, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Roseville, CA

Every Certified Dental Assistant must have a valid CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) or BLS (Basic Life Support) certification.

The CDA certification has to be renewed biannually.

To renew their Certified Dental Assistant certification, individuals are required to have 12 CDE (Continuing Dental Education) credits every year.

According to the DANB, all CDE credits have to be related directly to dental assisting, to be counted for renewal.

Also, they must be 45 minutes long at minimum.

Other certifications related to dental assisting, as well as other certifications from the DANB, also can be taken and counted for the CDEs.

Listed below are some categories that are allowed for the CDE:

  • Dental Office Management
  • Volunteer Service
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Clinical Practice

Also, all Certified Dental Assistants must renew their BLS/CPR certifications.

How Much Does a Dental Assistant in Nevada Earn?

When it comes to general health and oral care, there is one profession that has shown growth in the last decade.

This is the job of a dental assistant.

According to a statistic, dental assistant jobs in the state of Nevada are expected to grow in number in the period between 2012 and 2022 with 8%.

The statistic is released by the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation.

Salaries in Nevada are divided into three sections:

  • 90th percentile – which represents experienced professionals in the state
  • 10th percentile – which represents entry-level dental assistants
  • Average

In the year 2014, the 90th percentile was 46,114 USD, while the 10th percentile – 25,832 USD.

Meanwhile, the average salary in the state of Nevada was 36,190 USD.

Bigger cities in Nevada offered higher salaries to dental assistants.

Of course, more experienced individuals, as well as educated ones are paid more because of their competency.

For comparison, in Carson City, the salary for the 90th percentile was 56,181 USD, while in Las Vegas it was 44,408 USD, and in Reno – 49,379 USD.

The same is the situation with the average salary in the state.

In Carson City, it was 39,460 USD, in Las Vegas – 35,235, and in Reno – 39,200.

However, when it comes to the 10th percentile Carson City offered the lowest salaries.

The salaries for the 10th percentile in Carson City was 23,587 USD, in Las Vegas, it was higher – 26,354, and in Reno, it was the highest – 31,595 USD.

Another statistic shows that in the year 2014, three-quarters of all (2,790) dental assistants in the state of Nevada were employed in Las Vegas.

Reno had a 16, 4%, followed by Carson City with 2.7%.

It is expected the job growth in Carson City to increase with 16 %, and in Reno with 10.9%.

Meanwhile, of all 80 new dental assisting jobs that are expected in the state, about 70% will be in Las Vegas.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Las Vegas, NV $38,064
Henderson, NV $37,917
North Las Vegas, NV $38,064
Paradise, NV $32,844
Reno, NV $36,746
Carson City, NV $36,892
Sparks, NV $36,746

Regional Salary in Nevada

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Carson City, NV110$41,400$19.9$50,510$30,450
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV2,760$40,430$19.44$47,980$30,600
Reno, NV570$45,140$21.7$59,090$31,780
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Dental Assistants, OCC Code 31-9091, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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