Orthodontic Assistant programs can typically be completed in two-years at numerous 2- and 4- year institutions across the United States with annual tuition rates ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
10 Schools with Orthodontic Assistant Programs
Some orthodontic assistant programs in the country are offered at the institutions listed below:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Moreno Valley College||Moreno Valley, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,416; Out-of-state $7,356|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554|
|Palomar College||San Marcos, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,338; Out-of-state $7,078|
|Pasadena City College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,152; Out-of-state $6,180|
|Sacramento City College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $7,440|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Post-associate's Skills Certificate||In-state $2,386; Out-of-state $4,042|
|Orange Coast College||Costa Mesa, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,184; Out-of-state $6,584|
|Cerritos College||Norwalk, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,346; Out-of-state $7,926|
|San Diego Mesa College||San Diego, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,142; Out-of-state $4,670|
|San Antonio College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,068; In-state $5,550; Out-of-state $10,740|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Orthodontic assistants support orthodontists in administrative and clinical procedures. Specialized degree programs in orthodontic assisting are less common than programs in dental assisting, which cover competencies needed by both dental and orthodontic assistants.
Consider the following when looking for orthodontic assistant schools:
- Students looking for an orthodontic assistant school may want to prioritize schools that prepare students for certification exams.
- Another factor to consider when selecting an orthodontic assistant school is the range of orthodontic education offered by the school.
- Lab-based coursework and internships are two common approaches to gaining hands-on experience, and students may want to attend a school that offers both opportunities.
- Some schools offer programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene, while other colleges offer skills certificate programs to students who have already completed their associate's degree in dental assisting.
There are many program options at 2- and 4- year institutions that can be considered for those interested in pursuing studies to become an orthodontic assistant. Although all schools referenced here are public colleges, costs vary widely and should be considered when selecting a program.