Dental Hygiene Schools In New Mexico NM

How to become a Dental Hygienist in New Mexico

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

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Top 4 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools New Mexico

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico, Gallup CampusAlbuquerqueLearn More
New MexicoPima Medical Institute, AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueLearn More
New MexicoSan Juan CollegeFarmingtonLearn More
New MexicoNew Mexico State University, AlamogordoLas CrucesLearn 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 4 CODA accredited programs in New Mexico.

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.

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

The New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care governs the licensing of dental hygienists in New Mexico. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care
Phone: (505) 476-4622
Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/

Dental Hygienist Salary in New Mexico

Salary$89,740
Hourly Wage$43.14
Bottom 10% of Earners$48,510
Top 10% of Earners$108,690
# Employed1,010

The average dental hygienist salary in New Mexico is $89,740  –  20% above the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $43.14.

There are currently 1,010 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

New Mexico Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Albuquerque, NM480$89,280.00
Farmington, NM70$98,470.00
Las Cruces, NM180$81,800.00
Santa Fe, NM200$78,720.00
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area70$87,120.00
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area180Not Avalable
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area30$91,880.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in New Mexico

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists10760$72,920.00
Physician Assistants11760$102,020.00
Respiratory Therapists5830$69,590.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers4780$68,980.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics14250$38,940.00
Pharmacy Technicians17720$31,920.00
Surgical Technologists5180$51,530.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians4520$40,810.00
Home Health Aides162240$23,370.00
Nursing Assistants98500$33,390.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants2370$56,130.00
Physical Therapist Assistants4450$52,500.00
Massage Therapists4610$62,980.00
Dental Assistants19580$35,770.00
Medical Assistants23970$34,280.00
Medical Transcriptionists2870$36,950.00
Phlebotomists5780$38,100.00

***Page Updated October 2018***