2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Dental Assistant

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

Click here for a more detailed explanation, here for all of our other rankings, and here to download the full vocational certificate data set.

NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as % of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
North Dakota State College Of Science ( ND ) *$37,8342.12$805$6,289Pass
Santa Fe College ( FL ) *$34,3451.4$483$3,774Pass
Monroe Community College ( NY ) *$33,6571.42$479$3,742Pass
Dakota County Technical College ( MN ) *$32,5372.92$952$7,438Pass
Camden County College ( NJ ) *$32,1971.75$566$4,422Pass
Des Moines Area Community College ( IA ) *$32,0192.37$759$5,930Pass
Nhti - Concord'S Community College ( NH ) *$31,4453.36$1,066$8,329Pass
Century College ( MN ) *$30,9303.09$981$7,665Pass
Guilford Technical Community College ( NC ) *$30,8800.23$73$570Pass
Trident Technical College ( SC ) *$30,4783.47$1,058$8,266Pass
Milwaukee Area Technical College ( WI ) *$30,1661.14$354$2,766Pass
University Of Maine - Augusta ( ME ) *$30,1031.94$621$4,852Pass
Iowa Western Community College ( IA ) *$29,9833.11$964$7,532Pass
Southeast Community College ( NE ) *$29,9602.2$662$5,172Pass
Northern Essex Community College ( MA ) *$29,5241.33$393$3,071Pass
Herzing University ( WI ) °$28,9887.72$2,238$17,485Pass
Fayetteville Technical Community College ( NC ) *$28,8691.22$353$2,758Pass
Renton Technical College ( WA ) *$28,7831.46$422$3,297Pass
Linn-Benton Community College ( OR ) *$28,5922.1$603$4,711Pass
University Of North Carolina - Chapel Hill ( NC ) *$28,2373.57$1,010$7,891Pass
Portland Community College ( OR ) *$27,9612.69$754$5,891Pass
Greenville Technical College ( SC ) *$27,9142.68$756$5,907Pass
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$27,7142.7$750$5,860Pass
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis ( IN ) *$27,6133.15$870$6,797Pass
Marshalltown Community College ( IA ) *$27,6012.74$759$5,930Pass
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School ( MA ) *$27,3032.77$759$5,930Pass
Western Iowa Tech Community College ( IA ) *$27,2962.26$618$4,828Pass
Alamance Community College ( NC ) *$27,2910$0$0Pass
Minneapolis Community And Technical College ( MN ) *$27,1871.73$483$3,774Pass
Western Technical College ( WI ) *$26,7942.83$759$5,930Pass
Gulf Coast State College ( FL ) *$26,5820$0$0Pass
Hibbing Community College ( MN ) *$26,5302.86$759$5,930Pass
Lane Community College ( OR ) *$26,4867.26$1,924$15,032Pass
Gwinnett Technical College ( GA ) *$26,4040$0$0Pass
Porter And Chester Institute Of Branford ( CT ) °$26,2846.28$1,653$12,915Pass
Concorde Career College ( OR ) °$26,2674.76$1,252$9,782Pass
Central Lakes College ( MN ) *$25,9511.85$483$3,774Pass
College Of Health Care Professions (The) ( TX ) °$25,8424.06$1,051$8,211Pass
Waukesha County Technical College ( WI ) *$25,8241.85$479$3,742Pass
Hudson Valley Community College ( NY ) *$25,7242.41$621$4,852Pass
Chemeketa Community College ( OR ) *$25,7082.33$600$4,688Pass
Blake Austin College ( CA ) °$25,5974.97$1,273$9,946Pass
Flint Hills Technical College ( KS ) *$25,2432.24$595$4,649Pass
Indiana University - Purdue University - Ft Wayne ( IN ) *$25,0325.2$1,317$10,290Pass
Charlotte Technical Center ( FL ) *$25,0270$0$0Pass
Clackamas Community College ( OR ) *$25,0021.87$483$3,774Pass
Ivy Tech Community College Of Indiana ( IN ) *$24,9331.98$494$3,860Pass
Fox Valley Technical College ( WI ) *$24,7331.94$481$3,758Pass
Lancaster County Career And Technology Center ( PA ) *$24,3933.11$759$5,930Pass
Eastern Florida State College ( FL ) *$24,3921.98$483$3,774Pass
Pulaski Technical College ( AR ) *$24,3382.83$690$5,391Pass
Hinds Community College ( MS ) *$24,3130.99$243$1,899Pass
Augusta Technical College ( GA ) *$23,6420$0$0Pass
Concorde Career Institute ( FL ) °$23,6144.88$1,153$9,008Pass
San Jose City College ( CA ) *$23,5880$0$0Pass
Arizona College ( AZ ) °$23,5455.56$1,311$10,243Pass
Savannah Technical College ( GA ) *$23,4800$0$0Pass
Salina Area Technical College ( KS ) *$23,4282.64$619$4,836Pass
Seattle Central College ( WA ) *$23,3840$0$0Pass
Wichita Area Technical College ( KS ) *$23,3512.69$629$4,914Pass
Central Career School ( NJ ) °$23,3223.25$758$5,922Pass
Chattanooga State Community College ( TN ) *$23,2302.29$535$4,180Pass
Ross Medical Education Center ( OH ) °$23,1845.65$1,311$10,243Pass
Kaplan University ( IA ) °$23,1544.13$957$7,477Pass
Bellingham Technical College ( WA ) *$22,6472.18$494$3,860Pass
Ata College ( KY ) °$22,6268.21$1,858$14,517Zone
Milan Institute ( CA ) °$22,5055.82$1,311$10,243Pass
Polaris Career Center - Adult Education Department ( OH ) *$22,3581.54$345$2,695Pass
Great Lakes Institute Of Technology ( PA ) °$22,2865.15$1,148$8,969Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro ( TN ) *$22,2270$0$0Pass
Porter And Chester Institute ( CT ) °$22,2067.58$1,684$13,157Pass
Seacoast Career Schools ( ME ) °$22,1874.29$952$7,438Pass
Everest College ( WA ) $22,1085.92$1,311$10,243Pass
Ohio Business College ( OH ) °$22,0015.77$1,311$10,243Pass
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$21,9581.09$241$1,883Pass
Fortis Institute ( NJ ) °$21,7536.3$1,416$11,063Pass
Yti Career Institute ( PA ) °$21,6506.43$1,393$10,884Pass
Carrington College ( CA ) °$21,5557.57$1,632$12,751Pass
Fortis Institute ( MD ) °$21,5425.55$1,197$9,352Pass
Monroe 2 - Orleans Boces, Center For Workforce Development ( NY ) *$21,4912.48$533$4,164Pass
Central Oregon Community College ( OR ) *$21,4913.39$730$5,703Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$21,4156.12$1,311$10,243Pass
Concorde Career College ( CA ) °$21,4025.53$1,184$9,251Pass
Fortis College ( FL ) °$21,3635.03$1,075$8,399Pass
Missouri College ( MO ) °$21,1959.6$2,036$15,907Pass
Concorde Career College ( TX ) °$21,1816.09$1,290$10,079Pass
Carrington College ( OR ) °$21,1375.5$1,164$9,094Pass
Texas State Technical College Harlingen ( TX ) *$21,1300$0$0Pass
Fortis College ( FL ) °$21,1305.36$1,133$8,852Pass
New York School For Medical & Dental Assistants ( NY ) °$21,0965.63$1,214$9,485Pass
Concorde Career College ( CO ) °$21,0665.83$1,229$9,602Pass
Medical Training College ( LA ) °$20,9273.05$639$4,993Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Memphis ( TN ) *$20,7830$0$0Pass
Daymar Institute ( TN ) °$20,7808.57$1,782$13,923Zone
Georgia Northwestern Technical College ( GA ) *$20,5040$0$0Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( FL ) °$20,4936.39$1,311$10,243Pass
Onondaga Cortland Madison Boces ( NY ) *$20,4074.32$883$6,899Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$20,2816.46$1,311$10,243Pass
Albany Technical College ( GA ) *$20,2610.4$82$641Pass
Pima Medical Institute ( AZ ) °$20,2015.12$1,035$8,086Pass
Career Training Academy ( PA ) °$20,1953.6$728$5,688Pass
Brightwood Career Institute ( PA ) °$20,1583.51$709$5,539Pass
Fortis College ( OH ) °$20,0507.45$1,494$11,673Pass
Vatterott College ( NE ) °$20,03813.77$2,761$21,572Fail
Concorde Career College ( CA ) °$19,9196.06$1,208$9,438Pass
Miller - Motte Technical College ( TN ) °$19,8157.71$1,553$12,134Pass
Eagle Gate College ( UT ) °$19,7859.88$1,956$15,282Zone
Charter College ( WA ) °$19,7607.09$1,401$10,946Pass
Ross Medical Education Center ( MI ) °$19,7606.63$1,311$10,243Pass
Concorde Career College ( MO ) °$19,6936.11$1,204$9,407Pass
Everest College ( IL ) $19,6557.4$1,456$11,376Pass
Remington College ( TX ) $19,5906.39$1,252$9,782Pass
Northwest Career College ( NV ) °$19,4465.8$1,128$8,813Pass
Vatterott College ( MO ) °$19,4269.55$1,857$14,509Zone
Indiana University - Northwest ( IN ) *$19,3915.36$1,157$9,040Pass
Brightwood College ( TN ) °$19,3494.92$952$7,438Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( FL ) °$19,3199.65$1,866$14,579Zone
Carrington College ( AZ ) °$19,3076.59$1,274$9,954Pass
Chattanooga College - Medical, Dental And Technical Careers ( TN ) °$19,2339.9$1,944$15,188Zone
Emily Griffith Technical College ( CO ) *$19,1570$0$0Pass
Ross Medical Education Center ( MI ) °$19,0686.87$1,311$10,243Pass
Midwest Technical Institute ( IL ) °$19,0665.91$1,127$8,805Pass
Milan Institute ( CA ) °$19,0576.87$1,311$10,243Pass
College Of Health Care Professions (The) ( TX ) °$19,0545.48$1,045$8,165Pass
Ross Medical Education Center ( MI ) °$18,9696.91$1,311$10,243Pass
Career Care Institute ( CA ) °$18,9515.47$1,038$8,110Pass
Choffin Career & Technical Center ( OH ) *$18,8960$0$0Pass
Community Care College ( OK ) °$18,8585.88$1,109$8,665Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( TX ) °$18,6417.3$1,361$10,633Pass
Eastland-Fairfield Career And Technical Schools ( OH ) *$18,6046.37$1,224$9,563Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$18,5547.31$1,358$10,610Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$18,5468.77$1,627$12,712Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$18,5077.12$1,319$10,305Pass
Everest College ( UT ) °$18,5047.16$1,326$10,360Pass
Texas State Technical College ( TX ) *$18,4733.42$637$4,977Pass
All-State Career ( MD ) °$18,3755.02$923$7,211Pass
Lamar State College - Orange ( TX ) *$18,2870$0$0Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$18,2806.6$1,207$9,430Pass
Brightwood College ( OH ) °$18,2318.72$1,590$12,423Pass
Ross Medical Education Center ( MI ) °$18,1827.18$1,311$10,243Pass
Vista College ( TX ) °$18,1767.21$1,311$10,243Pass
Brookline College ( AZ ) °$18,1617.19$1,353$10,571Pass
Concorde Career Institute ( FL ) °$18,0926.88$1,245$9,727Pass
Dawn Career Institute ( DE ) °$18,0495.31$960$7,500Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$18,0165.04$909$7,102Pass
Concorde Career College ( TN ) °$17,9856.43$1,157$9,040Pass
All-State Career School ( PA ) °$17,6568.15$1,503$11,743Zone
American Career College ( CA ) °$17,6267.43$1,311$10,243Pass
Intellitec College ( CO ) °$17,5687.95$1,397$10,915Pass
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts ( CA ) °$17,52510.32$1,842$14,392Zone
Concorde Career College ( CA ) °$17,4187.49$1,306$10,204Pass
Midwest Institute ( MO ) °$17,3527.18$1,311$10,243Pass
Yti Career Institute - Altoona ( PA ) °$17,2877.39$1,286$10,048Pass
Delta College Of Arts & Technology ( LA ) °$17,2423.53$609$4,758Pass
Madison Adult Career Center ( OH ) *$17,2290.4$69$539Pass
Ibmc College ( CO ) °$17,2048.2$1,411$11,024Pass
Lawson State Community College ( AL ) *$17,1250$0$0Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$17,0857.67$1,311$10,243Pass
North-West College ( CA ) °$16,9955.27$897$7,008Pass
Orange Coast College ( CA ) *$16,9730$0$0Pass
Fortis College ( OH ) °$16,9397.65$1,296$10,126Pass
Ultimate Medical Academy ( FL ) $16,9027.43$1,311$10,243Pass
Everest Institute ( MI ) $16,7108.73$1,476$11,532Zone
Concorde Career Institute ( FL ) °$16,6637.17$1,202$9,391Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$16,5219.53$1,656$12,938Zone
Everest College ( CO ) $16,4597.56$1,311$10,243Pass
Delta College ( LA ) °$16,3744.12$687$5,368Pass
Reedley College ( CA ) *$16,3400$0$0Pass
Eastern College Of Health Vocations ( AR ) °$16,3372.43$397$3,102Pass
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute ( TX ) °$16,3137.82$1,317$10,290Pass
Atlanta Technical College ( GA ) *$16,3100$0$0Pass
Cleveland Institute Of Dental - Medical Assistants ( OH ) °$16,2367.76$1,346$10,516Pass
Provo College ( UT ) °$16,2319.11$1,480$11,563Pass
Blue Cliff College ( LA ) °$16,2008.42$1,365$10,665Zone
Everest University ( FL ) $16,1078.72$1,420$11,094Zone
Harris School Of Business ( DE ) °$16,0865.21$905$7,071Pass
North-West College ( CA ) °$16,0675.56$894$6,985Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$16,0677.71$1,265$9,883Pass
American Career College ( CA ) °$15,8038.29$1,311$10,243Zone
Brightwood College ( IN ) °$15,5977.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Everest College ( CO ) $15,5788.41$1,311$10,243Zone
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$15,4707.77$1,241$9,696Pass
Delta School Of Business And Technology ( LA ) °$15,3976.96$1,073$8,383Pass
Everest Institute ( TX ) $15,2719.49$1,520$11,876Zone
Concorde Career College ( CA ) °$15,1418.37$1,268$9,907Pass
Carrington College ( ID ) °$14,9697.47$1,209$9,446Pass
Brightwood Career Institute ( PA ) °$14,9225.88$912$7,125Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$14,7127.76$1,275$9,962Pass
Centura College ( VA ) °$14,6957.98$1,312$10,251Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$14,6438.18$1,243$9,712Zone
Charter College ( CA ) °$14,6068.95$1,368$10,688Zone
Everest College ( MO ) $14,39210.79$1,553$12,134Zone
Everest College ( VA ) $14,07810.32$1,631$12,743Zone
Mount Diablo Adult Education ( CA ) *$13,8690$0$0Pass
Compu-Med Vocational Careers ( FL ) °$13,8350$0$0Pass
Florida National University ( FL ) °$13,7615.06$776$6,063Pass
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts ( TX ) °$13,56613.65$1,852$14,470Fail
Unitech Training Academy ( LA ) °$13,4972.94$398$3,110Pass
Pci College ( CA ) °$13,1385.2$738$5,766Pass
Harris School Of Business ( NJ ) °$12,0571.72$221$1,727Pass
National Polytechnic College ( CA ) °$11,7448.38$1,159$9,055Zone
Bridgerland Applied Technology College ( UT ) *$11,2620$0$0Pass
Summit College ( CA ) °$10,2108.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Washington County Adult Skill Center ( VA ) *$9,7120$0$0Pass
Uei College ( CA ) °$9,14611.25$1,322$10,329Zone

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