How to become a Dental Hygienist in Florida
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Florida 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 Florida, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Top 18 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Florida
|Florida||State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota||Bradenton||Learn More|
|Florida||South Florida State College||Avon Park||Learn More|
|Florida||Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa||Learn More|
|Florida||Daytona State College||Daytona Beach||Learn More|
|Florida||Broward College||Ft. Lauderdale||Learn More|
|Florida||Florida SouthWestern State College||Fort Myers||Learn More|
|Florida||Indian River State College||Ft. Pierce||Learn More|
|Florida||Santa Fe College, Gainesville||Gainesville||Learn More|
|Florida||Florida State College||Jacksonville||Learn More|
|Florida||Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth||Learn More|
|Florida||Miami Dade College||Miami||Learn More|
|Florida||Pasco - Hernando Community College, New Port Richey||New Port Richey||Learn More|
|Florida||Valencia College||Orlando||Learn More|
|Florida||Gulf Coast State College, Panama City||Panama City||Learn More|
|Florida||Pensacola State College||Pensacola||Learn More|
|Florida||St Petersburg College||Pinellas Park||Learn More|
|Florida||Tallahassee Community College||Tallahassee||Learn More|
|Florida||Hillsborough Community College||Tampa||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 18 CODA accredited programs in Florida.
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.
Florida 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 Florida law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The Department of Health Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Florida. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: Department of Health Board of Dentistry
Phone: (850) 245-4474
Dental Hygienist Salary in Florida
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$42,040|
|Top 10% of Earners||$80,780|
The average dental hygienist salary in Florida is $63,040 – 16% below the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $30.31.
There are currently 10,320 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
Florida Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Florida 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 Florida;
Area Number Employed Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 340 $66,110.00
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 160 $63,130.00
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 300 $62,590.00
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1280 $63,150.00
Gainesville, FL 210 $57,950.00
Homosassa Springs, FL 40 $55,910.00
Jacksonville, FL 850 $61,780.00
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 180 $65,340.00
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3040 $59,900.00
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1090 $56,880.00
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 250 $79,050.00
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 450 $64,520.00
Ocala, FL 160 $60,480.00
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1290 $66,960.00
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 330 $69,120.00
Panama City, FL 130 $60,730.00
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 320 $56,630.00
Port St. Lucie, FL 200 $69,230.00
Punta Gorda, FL Not Avalable $67,920.00
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 130 $61,850.00
Sebring, FL 60 $66,800.00
Tallahassee, FL 160 $54,380.00
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1570 $66,750.00
The Villages, FL 70 $62,630.00
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 670 $58,570.00
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 $55,910.00
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 110 $57,910.00
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 70 $65,290.00
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Florida
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Florida;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||1580||$60,910.00|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||9130||$33,050.00|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||2540||$29,850.00|
|Home Health Aides||9300||$20,960.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||620||$57,500.00|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||1670||$54,610.00|
***Page Updated October 2018***