Dental Assistant

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A dental assistant in the state of New Hampshire may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act (see below) under the direct or general supervision of a licensed dentist. There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

Diagnosis, treatment planning, and prescriptions (including prescriptions for drugs and medicaments or authorization for restorative prosthodontic, or orthodontic appliances); surgical procedures on hard or soft tissues within the oral cavity; or any other intra-oral procedure that contributes to, or results in, an irremediable alteration of the oral anatomy Dental assistants who hold the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Certification are qualified in the state of New Hampshire to perform the functions listed on the opposite page. *Dental assistants in the state of New Hampshire can earn status as a Graduate Dental Assistant by graduating from a CODA-accredited program of dental assisting.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
1,531
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
1,849
Jobs Percentage Change: 
20.8%
Total Annual Openings: 
64
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$32.62
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$37.49
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$39.93
Salary Range: 
$80,000+
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Certified Dental Assistants
Graduate Dental Assistants
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction