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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Missouri

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions
  • DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

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

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Dental Assistant qualified in expanded functions/DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

  • Pass the DANB administered Missouri Basic Dental Assisting Skills Exam
  • Complete board approved expanded functions courses
  • Pass a board approved competency exam
  • Maintain proof of competence with licensed supervising dentist

Alternatively, Certified Dental Assistants who possess current DANB CDA certification AND have graduated from an accredited dental assisting program in Missouri may also perform expanded functions.

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

Dental Assistant Salary in Missouri

Lowest Salary $23,510
Median Salary $33,310
Highest Salary $45,920
Average Salary $33,790

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Kansas City, MO
Lowest Salary $24,260
Median Salary $33,950
Highest Salary $45,330
Average Salary $34,010

St. Louis, MO
Lowest Salary $24,870
Median Salary $35,770
Highest Salary $47,100
Average Salary $35,970

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

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