Dental Hygiene Schools and Careers In Maryland

How to become a Dental Hygienist in MD

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Maryland (MD) you will need to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school.

Requirements for entry into accredited programs in Maryland 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 Maryland, 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 in Maryland.

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Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Maryland

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
MarylandThe Community College of Baltimore County, EssexBaltimoreLearn More
MarylandUniversity of Maryland School of DentistryBaltimoreLearn More
MarylandBaltimore City Community CollegeBaltimoreLearn More
MarylandHoward Community College, ColumbiaColumbiaLearn More
MarylandAllegany College of Maryland, CumberlandCumberlandLearn More
MarylandHagerstown Community CollegeHagerstownLearn More
MarylandFortis CollegeLandoverLearn 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 7 CODA accredited programs in Maryland.

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.

Maryland Dental Hygienist License Requirements

Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited dental hygienist school in MD and have passed all additional certification exams it is a requirement of Maryland law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.

The Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Maryland. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners
Phone: (410) 402-8500

Dental Hygienist Salary in Maryland

Hourly Wage$41.29
Bottom 10% of Earners$62,020
Top 10% of Earners$103,850
# Employed3,230

The average dental hygienist salary in Maryland is $85,890  –  15% above the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $41.29.

There are currently 3,230 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Maryland Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD1690$83,470.00
California-Lexington Park, MD70$88,530.00
Cumberland, MD-WV40$66,440.00
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV120$68,680.00
Salisbury, MD-DE270$73,100.00
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division820$81,610.00
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area90$78,450.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Maryland

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists6250$80,490.00
Physician Assistants2410$105,060.00
Respiratory Therapists2540$69,970.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1760$81,370.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics5780$39,650.00
Pharmacy Technicians8540$31,680.00
Surgical Technologists3440$51,400.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2790$42,020.00
Home Health Aides23520$28,670.00
Nursing Assistants39990$30,130.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants1150$55,410.00
Physical Therapist Assistants2350$57,290.00
Massage Therapists1330$51,650.00
Dental Assistants7370$42,080.00
Medical Assistants16470$38,090.00
Medical Transcriptionists810$46,910.00

***Page Updated October 2018***