Moscow, ID has two dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Eastern Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 11,300. It is the 421st highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Dental Assistant students from Moscow 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. In fact, in the North Idaho nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 80 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $64,780. Dental assistants in this area earn $29,850/yr and there are 110 employed.
Moscow lies in Latah county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the North Idaho nonmetropolitan area has 46,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $17.03/hr average worker wage, and a $35,420 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.377 out of every 1000 jobs in Moscow are held by dental assistants, and 1.642/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Moscow, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Eastern Washington University comes out as the most expensive ($10,166/yr) for dental assistant students, with Spokane Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,422/yr.