Dental Hygiene Schools and Careers In Nebraska NE

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Nebraska

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Nebraska 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 Nebraska, 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 2 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Nebraska

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
NebraskaCentral Community College, HastingsHastingsLearn More
NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnLearn 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 2 CODA accredited programs in Nebraska.

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.

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

The Division of Public Health Lic. Unit governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Nebraska. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Division of Public Health Lic. Unit
Phone: (402) 471-2118
Website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_medical_dent_dentist_dentist.aspx#Board

Dental Hygienist Salary in Nebraska

Salary$64,580
Hourly Wage$31.05
Bottom 10% of Earners$46,790
Top 10% of Earners$80,320
# Employed1,280

The average dental hygienist salary in Nebraska is $64,580  –  14% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $31.05.

There are currently 1,280 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Nebraska Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Grand Island, NE80$60,780.00
Lincoln, NE350$65,830.00
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA370$68,180.00
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area70$60,040.00
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area160$61,450.00
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area110$69,810.00
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area30$53,360.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Nebraska

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists1510$89,190.00
Physician Assistants550$124,180.00
Respiratory Therapists990$70,120.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers440$75,870.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics1300$44,320.00
Pharmacy Technicians3130$33,790.00
Surgical Technologists810$60,770.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians680$33,540.00
Home Health Aides1590$25,680.00
Nursing Assistants5440$32,710.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants160$100,830.00
Physical Therapist Assistants460$52,570.00
Massage Therapists1680$28,500.00
Dental Assistants2820$35,030.00
Medical Assistants5920$31,740.00
Medical Transcriptionists350$32,430.00
Phlebotomists880$35,080.00

***Page Updated October 2018***