Dental Hygiene Schools In Minnesota MN

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Minnesota

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Minnesota 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 Minnesota, 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 10 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Minnesota

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
MinnesotaNormandale Community CollegeBloomingtonLearn More
MinnesotaLake Superior CollegeDuluthLearn More
MinnesotaArgosy UniversityEaganLearn More
MinnesotaMinnesota State University, MankatoMankatoLearn More
MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota School of DentistryMinneapolisLearn More
MinnesotaMinnesota State Community & Technical College, MoorheadMoorheadLearn More
MinnesotaRochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterLearn More
MinnesotaSt. Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint CloudLearn More
MinnesotaHerzing UniversitySt Louis ParkLearn More
MinnesotaCentury CollegeWhite Bear LakeLearn 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 10 CODA accredited programs in Minnesota.

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.

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

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

State Board: Minnesota Board of Dentistry
Phone: (612) 617-2250
Website: http://mn.gov/boards/dentistry

Dental Hygienist Salary in Minnesota

Salary$72,850
Hourly Wage$35.03
Bottom 10% of Earners$56,720
Top 10% of Earners$92,710
# Employed5,090

The average dental hygienist salary in Minnesota is $72,850  –  2% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $35.03.

There are currently 5,090 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Minnesota Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Duluth, MN-WI270$60,780.00
Mankato-North Mankato, MN70$64,260.00
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI3300$72,850.00
Rochester, MN190$67,550.00
St. Cloud, MN200$70,950.00
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area220$65,170.00
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area50$63,900.00
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area170$68,090.00
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area220$65,980.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Minnesota

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists1080$55,110.00
Physician Assistants200$51,040.00
Respiratory Therapists1550$48,180.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers610$61,890.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2120$35,820.00
Pharmacy Technicians3330$28,520.00
Surgical Technologists1220$38,070.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians480$32,020.00
Home Health Aides8120$21,270.00
Nursing Assistants13750$21,290.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants380$54,750.00
Physical Therapist Assistants890$47,300.00
Massage Therapists180$25,030.00
Dental Assistants2170$30,830.00
Medical Assistants2340$28,830.00
Medical Transcriptionists510$29,590.00
Phlebotomists810$26,330.00

***Page Updated October 2018***