How to become a Dental Hygienist in Illinois
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Illinois 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 Illinois, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Top 13 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Illinois
|Illinois||Fox College||Bedford Park||Learn More|
|Illinois||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale||Carbondale||Learn More|
|Illinois||John A Logan College||Carterville||Learn More|
|Illinois||Parkland College||Champaign||Learn More|
|Illinois||City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College||Chicago||Learn More|
|Illinois||Prairie State College||Chicago Heights||Learn More|
|Illinois||Carl Sandburg College||Galesburg||Learn More|
|Illinois||College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn||Glen Ellyn||Learn More|
|Illinois||Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey||Godfrey||Learn More|
|Illinois||College of Lake County, Grayslake||Grayslake||Learn More|
|Illinois||Lake Land College||Mattoon||Learn More|
|Illinois||Harper College||Palatine||Learn More|
|Illinois||Illinois Central College||Peoria||Learn More|
|Illinois||Rock Valley College||Rockford||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 13 CODA accredited programs in Illinois.
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.
Illinois 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 Illinois law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Professional Regulation governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Illinois. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Professional Regulation
Phone: (217) 785-0800
Dental Hygienist Salary in Illinois
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$46,940|
|Top 10% of Earners||$97,140|
The average dental hygienist salary in Illinois is $71,930 – 4% below the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $34.58.
There are currently 9,510 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
Illinois Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Illinois 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 Illinois;
Area Number Employed Salary
Bloomington, IL 150 $56,050.00
Carbondale-Marion, IL 60 $75,320.00
Champaign-Urbana, IL 140 $53,850.00
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4180 $73,020.00
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5870 $73,800.00
Decatur, IL 100 $57,450.00
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 570 $86,380.00
Kankakee, IL 60 $70,580.00
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 610 $70,610.00
Peoria, IL 280 $53,420.00
Rockford, IL 250 $74,460.00
Springfield, IL 130 $65,720.00
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 240 $68,280.00
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 $62,210.00
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 380 $59,500.00
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 $62,470.00
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Illinois
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Illinois;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||1010||$30.93||$64,330.00|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||5220||$15.37||$31,960.00|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||1310||$14.36||$29,880.00|
|Home Health Aides||12680||$10.62||$22,090.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||1200||$27.55||$57,300.00|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||2130||$26.85||$55,850.00|
***Page Updated October 2018***