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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Illinois

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Title: Dental Assistant
None. Dental assistants in Illinois can perform basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete 1,000 work hours as a dental assistant OR complete a CODA accredited dental assistant program OR Possess national DANB Certified Dental Assistant certification (CDA)
  • For each desired expanded function,complete an approved course OR demonstrate completion of a dental assistant program that covered the desired expanded function

Radiography Requirements
None. Dental assistants in Illinois can legally perform dental radiographic procedures and operate x-ray equipment.

Dental Assistant Salary in Illinois

Lowest Salary $20,790
Median Salary $32,610
Highest Salary $45,910
Average Salary $32,890

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Chicago, IL
Lowest Salary $20,330
Median Salary $32,990
Highest Salary $46,520
Average Salary $33,160

Springfield, IL
Lowest Salary $21,070
Median Salary $28,410
Highest Salary $45,820
Average Salary $30,820

* Figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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