Yuma, AZ (population: 93,081) has ninety dental assistant schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Dental Assistant students from Yuma schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today.
Of the 90 dental assistant schools with a 500-mile radius of Yuma, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career College comes out as the most expensive ($43,332/yr) for dental assistant students, with University of New Mexico-Main Campus as the lowest, reported at only $10,302/yr.