Dental Assisting Career Education in White Plains, NY

There are a few schools within about 30 miles of White Plains, NY, that have career education for dental assistants. Read an overview of the offerings at two of these schools, the requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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White Plains, NY, School with Dental Assisting Career Education Programs

Career education programs for dental assistants are scarce in the White Plains area. This article looks at two schools that are within 30 miles of White Plains and offer several types of dental assisting education. A table of information about these schools, such as costs, graduation rates and size, is also included as a way to help prospective students compare the options.

  • Located about 18 miles from downtown White Plains, Columbia University is a private, non-profit school that offers continuing education (CE) courses for dental professionals, including dental assistants.
  • Essex County College, 30 miles from the heart of White Plains, offers a certificate program in dental assisting.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students need to consider many factors when choosing a school. This table makes it simple to compare the two options near White Plains.

Columbia University Essex County College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,454* 8,997*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $57,208 for full-time undergraduates*; cost of continuing education credits varies** $4,995 in-district; $8,790 in-state or out-of-state*
% of First Time Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017) 59%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 7%* (CE courses are open to dental professionals)** N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 97% for full-time students; 91% for part-time students* 56% for full-time students; 34% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 95% (Students began in 2011)* 13% (14% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2014)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Columbia University.

Columbia University

Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine was founded in 1916. Most of this school's courses for dental continuing education are held at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Courses are offered for dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental specialists and general dentists.

Continuing Education for Dental Professionals

Continuing education courses at Columbia University may include symposia, observations of procedures, series/individual sessions and hands-on practice. Classes are offered on weekdays, evenings or weekends. Course offerings, costs and CE credits earned may vary.

Essex County College

This school offers a variety of associate's degrees and certificates in its allied health programs. Faculty members have diverse background experiences and hold licenses in their fields.

Academic Certificate in Dental Assisting

The American Dental Association Council on Dental Education - Dental Assisting Section accredits this 33-credit program, offered through joint efforts of Essex County College and Rutgers University-School of Health Related Professions. Candidates for this program complete placement tests and prerequisite courses in biology, English and psychology, with minimum 2.0 grade point averages. Major courses in the program include dental materials, clinical assisting, practice management, dental head/neck anatomy, dental radiology, dental health education and dental specialties. An internship is also required. Credits earned may be used towards this school's dental hygiene associate's degree.

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