How to become a Dental Hygienist in California
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in California 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 California, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Top 27 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools California
|West Coast University, Anaheim||Anaheim||Learn More|
|Cabrillo College||Aptos||Learn More|
|West Los Angeles College||Culver City||Learn More|
|Cypress College||Cypress||Learn More|
|Fresno City College||Fresno||Learn More|
|Concorde Career College||Garden Grove||Learn More|
|Chabot College||Hayward||Learn More|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda||Learn More|
|Foothill College||Los Altos Hills||Learn More|
|Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC||Los Angeles||Learn More|
|Moreno Valley College||Moreno Valley||Learn More|
|Southwestern College, Chula Vista||National City||Learn More|
|Cerritos College||Norwalk||Learn More|
|San Joaquin Valley College||Ontario||Learn More|
|Oxnard College||Oxnard||Learn More|
|Pasadena City College||Pasadena||Learn More|
|Diablo Valley College||Pleasant Hill||Learn More|
|Shasta College, Redding||Redding||Learn More|
|Sacramento City College||Sacramento||Learn More|
|Carrington College||Sacramento||Learn More|
|Concorde Career College||San Bernardino||Learn More|
|Concorde Career College||San Diego||Learn More|
|University of the Pacific||San Francisco||Learn More|
|Santa Rosa Junior College||Santa Rosa||Learn More|
|Carrington College||San Jose||Learn More|
|Taft College||Taft||Learn More|
|San Joaquin Valley College||Visalia||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 27 CODA accredited programs in California.
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.
California 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 California law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The The Dental Board of California governs the licensing of dental hygienists in California. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: The Dental Board of California
Phone: (916) 263-2300
Dental Hygienist Salary in California
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$70,010|
|Top 10% of Earners||$126,020|
The average dental hygienist salary in California is $97,420 – 30% above the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $46.84.
There are currently 22,840 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
California Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in California 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 California;
Area Number Employed Salary
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA 2150 $91,660.00
Bakersfield, CA 230 $84,630.00
Chico, CA 200 $94,990.00
Fresno, CA 330 $86,200.00
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 40 $75,890.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6870 $95,410.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA 4720 $97,120.00
Modesto, CA 290 $74,080.00
Napa, CA 130 $82,140.00
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA 1580 $102,160.00
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 610 $93,980.00
Redding, CA 80 $88,350.00
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1560 $86,950.00
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1970 $94,910.00
Salinas, CA Not Avalable $97,130.00
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1510 $84,480.00
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2890 $105,140.00
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA 1310 $108,790.00
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1340 $95,710.00
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 240 $93,370.00
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 340 $98,300.00
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 210 $93,950.00
Santa Rosa, CA 270 $89,130.00
Stockton-Lodi, CA 260 $92,600.00
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 210 $101,640.00
Visalia-Porterville, CA 190 $83,020.00
Yuba City, CA 60 $89,490.00
Mother Lode Region of California 90 $86,120.00
North Coast Region of California 100 $89,780.00
North Valley Region of California Not Avalable $88,330.00
Northern Mountains Region of California 220 $67,850.00
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in California
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in California;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||860||$80,300.00|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||4110||$40,710.00|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||3230||$30,530.00|
|Home Health Aides||12210||$26,190.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||570||$50,060.00|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||1040||$49,970.00|
***Page Updated October 2018***