Dental Hygiene Schools In Missouri MO

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Missouri

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

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Top 7 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Missouri

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
MissouriMissouri College of Cosmetology NorthBrentwoodLearn More
MissouriMissouri Southern State UniversityJoplinLearn More
MissouriUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityKansas CityLearn More
MissouriState Fair Community College, SedaliaSedaliaLearn More
MissouriOzarks Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldLearn More
MissouriSaint Louis Community College, Forest ParkSt. LouisLearn More
MissouriNorth Central Missouri CollegeTrentonLearn 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 Missouri.

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.

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

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

State Board: Missouri State Dental Board
Phone: (573) 751-0040
Website: http://pr.mo.gov/dental.asp

Dental Hygienist Salary in Missouri

Salary$69,980
Hourly Wage$33.64
Bottom 10% of Earners$53,040
Top 10% of Earners$87,040
# Employed3,470

The average dental hygienist salary in Missouri is $69,980  –  6% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $33.64.

There are currently 3,470 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Missouri Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL70$69,190.00
Columbia, MO180$78,520.00
Jefferson City, MO40$73,750.00
Joplin, MO120$64,280.00
Kansas City, MO-KS1360$70,430.00
St. Joseph, MO-KS60$68,160.00
St. Louis, MO-IL1530$62,440.00
Springfield, MO290$64,840.00
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area230$61,890.00
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area130$70,580.00
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area120$64,170.00
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan areaNot Avalable$63,040.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Missouri

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists780$68,510.00
Physician Assistants440$97,030.00
Respiratory Therapists360$52,660.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers200$71,800.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics600$30,440.00
Pharmacy Technicians1170$33,390.00
Surgical Technologists420$44,930.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians410$30,120.00
Home Health Aides1090$22,500.00
Nursing Assistants5970$25,200.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants70$51,040.00
Physical Therapist Assistants170$44,820.00
Massage Therapists170$34,670.00
Dental Assistants1180$34,230.00
Medical Assistants1150$31,240.00
Medical Transcriptionists320$31,660.00
Phlebotomists230$31,060.00

***Page Updated October 2018***