Dental Hygiene Schools In Illinois IL

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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Listed below are some of the top dental hygiene schools and related programs near you.

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Top 13 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Illinois

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
IllinoisFox CollegeBedford ParkLearn More
IllinoisSouthern Illinois University, CarbondaleCarbondaleLearn More
IllinoisJohn A Logan CollegeCartervilleLearn More
IllinoisParkland CollegeChampaignLearn More
IllinoisCity Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X CollegeChicagoLearn More
IllinoisPrairie State CollegeChicago HeightsLearn More
IllinoisCarl Sandburg CollegeGalesburgLearn More
IllinoisCollege of DuPage, Glen EllynGlen EllynLearn More
IllinoisLewis and Clark Community College, GodfreyGodfreyLearn More
IllinoisCollege of Lake County, GrayslakeGrayslakeLearn More
IllinoisLake Land CollegeMattoonLearn More
IllinoisHarper CollegePalatineLearn More
IllinoisIllinois Central CollegePeoriaLearn More
IllinoisRock Valley CollegeRockfordLearn 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

Hourly Wage$34.58
Bottom 10% of Earners$46,940
Top 10% of Earners$97,140
# Employed9,510

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;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Bloomington, IL150$56,050.00
Carbondale-Marion, IL60$75,320.00
Champaign-Urbana, IL140$53,850.00
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division4180$73,020.00
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI5870$73,800.00
Decatur, IL100$57,450.00
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division570$86,380.00
Kankakee, IL60$70,580.00
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division610$70,610.00
Peoria, IL280$53,420.00
Rockford, IL250$74,460.00
Springfield, IL130$65,720.00
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area240$68,280.00
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area160$62,210.00
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area380$59,500.00
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area90$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;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Hygienists5040$32.22$67,020.00
Physician Assistants900$47.66$99,130.00
Respiratory Therapists3310$25.98$54,040.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1010$30.93$64,330.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics5220$15.37$31,960.00
Pharmacy Technicians9070$13.98$29,070.00
Surgical Technologists2600$20.31$42,230.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1310$14.36$29,880.00
Home Health Aides12680$10.62$22,090.00
Nursing Assistants30150$11.70$24,330.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants1200$27.55$57,300.00
Physical Therapist Assistants2130$26.85$55,850.00
Massage Therapists1040$16.69$34,720.00
Dental Assistants5550$17.33$36,050.00
Medical Assistants12180$14.33$29,800.00
Medical Transcriptionists1150$16.78$34,910.00

***Page Updated October 2018***