Dental Hygiene Schools In North Carolina NC

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.

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Top 13 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools North Carolina

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
North CarolinaAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleLearn More
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel HillChapel HillLearn More
North CarolinaCentral Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotteLearn More
North CarolinaFayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayettevilleLearn More
North CarolinaWayne Community CollegeGoldsboroLearn More
North CarolinaCatawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryLearn More
North CarolinaCoastal Carolina Community CollegeJacksonvilleLearn More
North CarolinaGuilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownLearn More
North CarolinaWake Technical Community CollegeRaleighLearn More
North CarolinaCentral Carolina Community CollegeSanfordLearn More
North CarolinaHalifax Community CollegeWeldonLearn More
North CarolinaCape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonLearn More
North CarolinaForsyth Technical Community CollegeWinston-SalemLearn 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

Hourly Wage$33.23
Bottom 10% of Earners$52,960
Top 10% of Earners$85,160
# Employed6,260

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;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Asheville, NC360$54,860.00
Burlington, NC130$73,400.00
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC1320$69,800.00
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC300$73,540.00
Fayetteville, NC210$63,290.00
Goldsboro, NC80$63,990.00
Greensboro-High Point, NC610$62,850.00
Greenville, NC90$64,850.00
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC180$65,590.00
Jacksonville, NC80$58,120.00
New Bern, NC80$63,850.00
Raleigh, NC870$68,830.00
Rocky Mount, NC(8)-$60,190.00
Wilmington, NC(8)-$71,650.00
Winston-Salem, NC440$70,490.00
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area280$65,480.00
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area(8)-$59,190.00
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area360$61,260.00
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area190$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;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists640$64,510.00
Physician Assistants300$111,940.00
Respiratory Therapists290$50,960.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers100$64,840.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics1050$31,330.00
Pharmacy Technicians690$36,690.00
Surgical Technologists320$39,700.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians170$34,110.00
Home Health Aides1270$30,160.00
Nursing Assistants7060$29,520.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants80$45,900.00
Physical Therapist Assistants120$45,560.00
Massage Therapists110$44,960.00
Dental Assistants690$42,000.00
Medical Assistants680$33,240.00
Medical Transcriptionists480$34,810.00

***Page Updated October 2018***

North Carolina

North Carolina

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
Population: 10,383,620