Dental Hygiene Schools In Louisiana LA

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Louisiana

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Louisiana 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 Louisiana, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.

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Top 3 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Louisiana

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
LouisianaUniversity of Louisiana, MonroeMonroeLearn More
LouisianaLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New OrleansNew OrleansLearn More
LouisianaSouthern University at ShreveportShreveportLearn 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 3 CODA accredited programs in Louisiana.

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.

Louisiana 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 Louisiana law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.

The Louisiana State Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Louisiana. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
Phone: (504) 568-8574

Dental Hygienist Salary in Louisiana

Hourly Wage$27.62
Bottom 10% of Earners$39,910
Top 10% of Earners$78,620
# Employed1,930

The average dental hygienist salary in Louisiana is $57,450  –  23% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $27.62.

There are currently 1,930 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Louisiana Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Louisiana 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 Louisiana;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Alexandria, LA(8)-$66,180.00
Baton Rouge, LA360$61,520.00
Houma-Thibodaux, LA130$63,940.00
Lafayette, LA260$48,940.00
Lake Charles, LA80$46,960.00
Monroe, LA130$48,570.00
New Orleans-Metairie, LA620$57,950.00
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA140$48,790.00
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area90$54,950.00
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area40$78,340.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Louisiana

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Louisiana;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists1260$63,200.00
Physician Assistants940$102,550.00
Respiratory Therapists430$56,580.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers290$77,050.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics1640$33,090.00
Pharmacy Technicians1810$30,140.00
Surgical Technologists460$43,470.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians740$33,390.00
Home Health Aides3060$23,930.00
Nursing Assistants8330$25,210.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants120$48,500.00
Physical Therapist Assistants210$50,410.00
Massage Therapists280$39,420.00
Dental Assistants3210$31,900.00
Medical Assistants350$33,040.00
Medical Transcriptionists540$29,840.00

***Page Updated October 2018***