Dental Hygiene Schools In Mississippi MS

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Mississippi

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

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Top 5 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Mississippi

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
MississippiNortheast Mississippi Community CollegeBoonevilleLearn More
MississippiPearl River Community CollegeHattiesburgLearn More
MississippiUniversity of MississippiJacksonLearn More
MississippiMeridian Community College, MeridianMeridianLearn More
MississippiMississippi Delta Community CollegeMoorheadLearn 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 5 CODA accredited programs in Mississippi.

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.

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

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

State Board: Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners
Phone: (601) 944-9622

Dental Hygienist Salary in Mississippi

Hourly Wage$27.70
Bottom 10% of Earners$41,470
Top 10% of Earners$74,630
# Employed1,400

The average dental hygienist salary in Mississippi is $57,620  –  23% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $27.70.

There are currently 1,400 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Mississippi Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS160$60,500.00
Hattiesburg, MS70$45,310.00
Jackson, MS260$57,180.00
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area(8)-$50,610.00
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area110$62,060.00
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area160$50,420.00
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area80$54,760.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Mississippi

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists3140$67,410.00
Physician Assistants1130$93,770.00
Respiratory Therapists2420$51,060.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1260$66,360.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics6140$34,540.00
Pharmacy Technicians10380$29,090.00
Surgical Technologists1680$41,840.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1340$36,140.00
Home Health Aides9250$22,310.00
Nursing Assistants40630$23,880.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants1030$55,520.00
Physical Therapist Assistants2030$50,220.00
Massage Therapists1090$31,440.00
Dental Assistants5250$34,800.00
Medical Assistants9000$29,480.00
Medical Transcriptionists1380$35,780.00

***Page Updated October 2018***