Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has six dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University). To learn more about dental assistant programs in Virginia Beach, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of dental assistant professors at Virginia Commonwealth University such as Coral Diaz.
Dental Assistant students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 720 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $71,260. Dental assistants in this area earn $33,000/yr and there are 1,690 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.299 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by dental assistants, and 0.985/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 6 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest Institute-Chesapeake comes out as the most expensive ($36,930/yr) for dental assistant students, with Halifax Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,190/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|