Dental Hygiene Schools In Florida (FL)

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

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
FloridaState College of Florida, Manatee-SarasotaBradentonLearn More
FloridaSouth Florida State CollegeAvon ParkLearn More
FloridaEastern Florida State CollegeCocoaLearn More
FloridaDaytona State CollegeDaytona BeachLearn More
FloridaBroward CollegeFt. LauderdaleLearn More
FloridaFlorida SouthWestern State CollegeFort MyersLearn More
FloridaIndian River State CollegeFt. PierceLearn More
FloridaSanta Fe College, GainesvilleGainesvilleLearn More
FloridaFlorida State CollegeJacksonvilleLearn More
FloridaPalm Beach State CollegeLake WorthLearn More
FloridaMiami Dade CollegeMiamiLearn More
FloridaPasco - Hernando Community College, New Port RicheyNew Port RicheyLearn More
FloridaValencia CollegeOrlandoLearn More
FloridaGulf Coast State College, Panama CityPanama CityLearn More
FloridaPensacola State CollegePensacolaLearn More
FloridaSt Petersburg CollegePinellas ParkLearn More
FloridaTallahassee Community CollegeTallahasseeLearn More
FloridaHillsborough Community CollegeTampaLearn 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
Website: http://www.floridasdentistry.gov

Dental Hygienist Salary in Florida

Salary$63,040
Hourly Wage$30.31
Bottom 10% of Earners$42,040
Top 10% of Earners$80,780
# Employed10,320

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;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL340$66,110.00
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL160$63,130.00
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL300$62,590.00
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division1280$63,150.00
Gainesville, FL210$57,950.00
Homosassa Springs, FL40$55,910.00
Jacksonville, FL850$61,780.00
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL180$65,340.00
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL3040$59,900.00
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division1090$56,880.00
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL250$79,050.00
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL450$64,520.00
Ocala, FL160$60,480.00
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL1290$66,960.00
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL330$69,120.00
Panama City, FL130$60,730.00
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL320$56,630.00
Port St. Lucie, FL200$69,230.00
Punta Gorda, FLNot Avalable$67,920.00
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL130$61,850.00
Sebring, FL60$66,800.00
Tallahassee, FL160$54,380.00
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL1570$66,750.00
The Villages, FL70$62,630.00
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division670$58,570.00
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area40$55,910.00
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area110$57,910.00
South Florida nonmetropolitan area70$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;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists5160$62,860.00
Physician Assistants3170$96,530.00
Respiratory Therapists3840$53,500.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1580$60,910.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics9130$33,050.00
Pharmacy Technicians11460$28,470.00
Surgical Technologists3250$39,350.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2540$29,850.00
Home Health Aides9300$20,960.00
Nursing Assistants34750$22,650.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants620$57,500.00
Physical Therapist Assistants1670$54,610.00
Massage Therapists1840$30,440.00
Dental Assistants9770$36,010.00
Medical Assistants20740$30,020.00
Medical Transcriptionists1830$33,120.00
Phlebotomists3690$30,240.00

***Page Updated October 2018***