How to become a Dental Hygienist in Texas
If a career as a Dental Hygienist strongly appeals then you will be happy to know that Dental Hygiene salaries are among some of the highest in the healthcare industry.
There also continues to be strong jobs growth in the sector with an additional 30,000 positions projected to be created between 2016 and 2024 representing an almost 15% increase in employment.
In order to become a Dental Hygienist in Texas you will need to follow graduate from an accredited school. High school education is also a basic requirement. Once you have graduated you will need to apply
Top Accredited Dental Hygiene Schools Texas
If you wish to become a Dental Hygienist in Texas it is a requirement that you have graduated from an accredited school. Accreditation is awarded by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).
Listed below are some of the top Dental Hygiene programs and schools in Texas.
|Austin Community College||Austin||Approval||2019|
|Lamar Institute of Technology||Beaumont||Approval||2019|
|Coastal Bend College||Beeville||Approval||2019|
|Howard College||Big Spring||Approval||2021|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi||Approval||2023|
|Texas A & M University||College Station||Approval||2018|
|El Centro College||Dallas||Approval||2019|
|Texas Woman’s University||Denton||Approval||2019|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso||Approval||2016|
|Texas State Technical College||Harlingen||Approval||2020|
|The University of Texas at Dallas||Richardson||Approval||2019|
|Pima Medical Institute||Houston||Approval||2021|
|Houston Community College System||Houston||Approval||2019|
|Tarrant County College District||Hurst||Approval||2017|
|Lone Star College System||Kingwood||Approval||2020|
|Collin County Community College||McKinney||Approval||2020|
|The University of Texas at San Antonio||San Antonio||Approval||2019|
|Tyler Junior College||Tyler||Approval||2023|
|Wharton County Junior College||Wharton||Approval||2018|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls||Approval||2020|
You can also browse the map below for an accredited school.
Choosing a Dental Hygienist Program in Texas
Important points to consider when selecting a Dental Hygiene School include;
- Is the School fully accredited?
- What percentage of students who graduate are successful in securing their license to practice as a Dental Hygienist in Texas or their chosen State?
- How long does the program last or take to complete?
- How much of the course will be classroom based, online, lab based and work experience based and how does this fit with your expectations?
- Does the School have good laboratory facilities and other resources to support your studies?
- Does the School offer any financial assistance or scholarships?
- Does the School offer any assistance with securing employment?
Top 10 Dental Hygiene Schools Near You
Take the first steps towards your new career by reaching out to Dental Hygiene Schools near you. Simply select from the list of schools below to begin receiving programs and admissions information.
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Dental Hygienist Salary in Texas
|Compared to National Average||0.5% Below|
|Top 10% of Earners||$92,050|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$56,020|
According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics the average income for Dental Hygienists in Texas in 2015 was $72,320. This represents an hourly wage of $34.77. Dental Hygienists in Texas earn slightly less than the national average. Those in Washington DC earn the most of all Dental Hygienists in the USA with an average salary of $98,530.
In 2015 there where 12,980 persons employed as Dental Hygienists in the State.
The table below illustrates key data for the main cities and metropolitan areas in Texas;
|Area||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|El Paso, TX||370||$29.56||$61,490.00|
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||2610||$35.68||$74,210.00|
|Laredo, TX||Not Avalable||$35.24||$73,290.00|
|San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX||1530||$33.78||$70,260.00|
|Victoria, TX||Not Avalable||$30.21||$62,850.00|
|Waco, TX||Not Avalable||$34.02||$70,760.00|
|Wichita Falls, TX||Not Avalable||$34.73||$72,230.00|
|West Texas Region||130||$35.41||$73,650.00|
|North Texas Region||280||$30.70||$63,850.00|
|Big Thicket Region||Not Avalable||$35.88||$74,620.00|
|Hill Country Region||320||$26.62||$55,370.00|
|Coastal Plains Region||150||$29.70||$61,780.00|
Texas Dental Hygienist License Requirements
Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Texas law that you obtain a license to work as a Dental Hygienist there. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners governs the licensing of Dental Hygienists in Texas. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
Phone: (512) 463-6400
Related Healthcare Careers
The table below compares key data for Dental Hygienists with other entry level healthcare and healthcare assisting roles in Texas;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||4,650||$74,640|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||18,270||$36,050|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||9,020||$29,740|
|Home Health Aides||62,930||$19,950|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||3,840||$71,100|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||6,270||$72,820|
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Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.
Area: 268,581 sq mi
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