How to become a Dental Hygienist in North Carolina
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in North Carolina 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 North Carolina, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
- How to become a Dental Hygienist in North Carolina
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Top 13 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools North Carolina
|North Carolina||Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville||Learn More|
|North Carolina||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Fayetteville Technical Community College||Fayetteville||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Wayne Community College||Goldsboro||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Catawba Valley Community College||Hickory||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Central Carolina Community College||Sanford||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Halifax Community College||Weldon||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington||Learn More|
|North Carolina||Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem||Learn 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 13 CODA accredited programs in North Carolina.
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.
North Carolina 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 North Carolina law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners governs the licensing of dental hygienists in North Carolina. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
Phone: (919) 678-8223
Dental Hygienist Salary in North Carolina
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$52,960|
|Top 10% of Earners||$85,160|
The average dental hygienist salary in North Carolina is $69,120 – 7% below the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $33.23.
There are currently 6,260 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
North Carolina Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in North Carolina 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 North Carolina;
Area Number Employed Salary
Asheville, NC 360 $54,860.00
Burlington, NC 130 $73,400.00
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1320 $69,800.00
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 300 $73,540.00
Fayetteville, NC 210 $63,290.00
Goldsboro, NC 80 $63,990.00
Greensboro-High Point, NC 610 $62,850.00
Greenville, NC 90 $64,850.00
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 180 $65,590.00
Jacksonville, NC 80 $58,120.00
New Bern, NC 80 $63,850.00
Raleigh, NC 870 $68,830.00
Rocky Mount, NC (8)- $60,190.00
Wilmington, NC (8)- $71,650.00
Winston-Salem, NC 440 $70,490.00
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 280 $65,480.00
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8)- $59,190.00
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 $61,260.00
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 $61,090.00
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in North Carolina
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in North Carolina;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||100||$64,840.00|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||1050||$31,330.00|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||170||$34,110.00|
|Home Health Aides||1270||$30,160.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||80||$45,900.00|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||120||$45,560.00|
***Page Updated October 2018***
North Carolina ) is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Area: 53,819 sq mi