How to become a Dental Hygienist in Georgia
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Georgia 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 Georgia, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Top 16 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Georgia
|Georgia||Albany State||Albany||Learn More|
|Georgia||Athens Technical College||Athens||Learn More|
|Georgia||Atlanta Technical College||Atlanta||Learn More|
|Georgia||Augusta Technical College||Augusta||Learn More|
|Georgia||Columbus Technical College||Columbus||Learn More|
|Georgia||West Georgia Technical College||Douglasville||Learn More|
|Georgia||Perimeter College of Georgia State University||Dunwoody||Learn More|
|Georgia||Central Georgia Technical College||Macon||Learn More|
|Georgia||Clayton State University||Morrow||Learn More|
|Georgia||Lanier Technical College, Oakwood||Oakwood||Learn More|
|Georgia||Georgia Highlands College||Rome||Learn More|
|Georgia||Savannah Technical College||Savannah||Learn More|
|Georgia||Fortis College||Smyrna||Learn More|
|Georgia||Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Valdosta||Learn More|
|Georgia||Southeastern Technical College||Vidalia||Learn More|
|Georgia||Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robbins||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 16 CODA accredited programs in Georgia.
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.
Georgia 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 Georgia law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The Georgia Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Georgia. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: Georgia Board of Dentistry
Phone: (404) 651-8000
Dental Hygienist Salary in Georgia
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$40,550|
|Top 10% of Earners||$85,650|
The average dental hygienist salary in Georgia is $65,500 – 12% below the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $31.49.
There are currently 6,580 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
Georgia Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Georgia 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 Georgia;
Area Number Employed Salary
Albany, GA 110 $50,240.00
Athens-Clarke County, GA 120 $60,420.00
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2810 $68,050.00
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 300 $59,170.00
Brunswick, GA Not Avalable $50,140.00
Columbus, GA-AL 210 $52,440.00
Dalton, GA Not Avalable $64,560.00
Gainesville, GA 130 $61,850.00
Macon, GA 160 $50,720.00
Rome, GA 70 $57,390.00
Savannah, GA 320 $65,830.00
Valdosta, GA 110 $48,560.00
Warner Robins, GA 90 $53,640.00
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 $61,350.00
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 $51,690.00
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 $61,400.00
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 290 $48,980.00
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Georgia
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Georgia;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||170||$76,160.00|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||340||$31,110.00|
|Home Health Aides||3920||$26,410.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||60||$52,850.00|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||320||$38,900.00|
***Page Updated October 2018***