How to become a Dental Hygienist in Texas
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Texas you will need to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program.
Requirements for entry into accredited programs include a high school diploma or equivalent and, depending on the school, you may need to pass entrance exams and complete an entry interview. Medical and legal clearances may also be required.
Below we provide details of the top accredited dental hygienist programs in Texas, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Listed below are some of the top dental hygiene schools and related programs near you.
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Top 25 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Texas
|Amarillo College||Amarillo||Learn More|
|Austin Community College||Austin||Learn More|
|Lamar Institute of Technology||Beaumont||Learn More|
|Coastal Bend College||Beeville||Learn More|
|Howard College||Big Spring||Learn More|
|Blinn College||Bryan||Learn More|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi||Learn More|
|Texas A & M University||Dallas||Learn More|
|El Centro College||Dallas||Learn More|
|Concorde Career College||Dallas||Learn More|
|Texas Woman's University||Denton||Learn More|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso||Learn More|
|Texas State Technical College||Harlingen||Learn More|
|The University of Texas School of Dentistry||Houston||Learn More|
|Pima Medical Institute, Renton||Houston||Learn More|
|Houston Community College System||Houston||Learn More|
|Tarrant County College||Hurst||Learn More|
|Lone Star College||Kingwood||Learn More|
|Collin County Community College||McKinney||Learn More|
|Concorde Career College||San Antonio||Learn More|
|University of Texas School of Dentistry||San Antonio||Learn More|
|Temple College||Temple||Learn More|
|Tyler Junior College||Tyler||Learn More|
|Wharton County Junior College||Wharton||Learn More|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls||Learn More|
Schools offering dental hygiene programs which have been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) are recognized to maintain a high standard of education by the American Dental Association (ADA).
There are currently 25 CODA accredited programs in Texas.
Once you have graduated from an accredited program you will be required to sit some additional state and/or national certification exams before you are eligible to apply for your dental hygienist license.
You can also browse the map below for schools in your area.
Texas Dental Hygienist License Requirements
Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited program and have passed all additional certification exams it is a requirement of 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:
State Board: Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Phone: (512) 463-6400
Dental Hygienist Salary in Texas
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$54,560|
|Top 10% of Earners||$96,680|
The average dental hygienist salary in Texas is $74,010 – 1% less than the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $35.58.
There are currently 13,600 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
Texas Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Texas given the strong salary levels and jobs growth for the career.
Dental hygiene salaries are among some of the highest in the healthcare industry and it is projected that an additional 30,000 positions will be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024 representing an almost 15% increase in employment.
The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental hygienists across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Texas;
Area Number Employed Salary
Abilene, TX 100 $74,820
Amarillo, TX 110 $69,500
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,090 $74,960
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 190 $67,060
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 90 $58,880
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 $68,230
Corpus Christi, TX 280 $67,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,300 $76,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,130 $75,990
El Paso, TX 370 $61,490
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,170 $78,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,610 $74,210
Killeen-Temple, TX 80 $76,740
Laredo, TX Not Avalable $73,290
Longview, TX 110 $68,070
Lubbock, TX 160 $56,990
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 340 $67,120
Midland, TX 120 $72,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,530 $70,260
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 $81,200
Tyler, TX 180 $67,350
Victoria, TX Not Avalable $62,850
Waco, TX Not Avalable $70,760
Wichita Falls, TX Not Avalable $72,230
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 $73,650
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 $63,850
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area Not Avalable $74,620
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 $55,370
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 $61,780
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Texas
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Texas;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||520||$73,680|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||2,260||$32,960|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||990||$27,550|
|Home Health Aides||2,880||$24,450|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||80||$59,540|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||520||$47,980|
***Page Updated October 2018***