Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 124. It is the 1471st highest ranked school in the USA and the 126th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Dental Assistant students from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,560 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $62,990. Dental assistants in this area earn $35,390/yr and there are 3,510 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.917 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by dental assistants, and 1.399/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in Philadelphia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Thompson Institute comes out as the most expensive ($22,014/yr) for dental assistant students, with Community College of Philadelphia as the lowest, reported at only $6,012/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|