Dental Hygiene Schools and Careers in South Carolina SC

How to become a Dental Hygienist in South Carolina

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

SchoolAreaMore Information
Trident Technical CollegeCharlestonLearn More
Midlands Technical CollegeColumbiaLearn More
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceLearn More
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleLearn More
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeMyrtle BeachLearn More
York Technical College, Rock HillRock HillLearn 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 6 CODA accredited programs in South 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.

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

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

State Board: South Carolina State Board of Dentistry
Phone: (803) 896-4599

Dental Hygienist Salary in South Carolina

Hourly Wage$30.79
Bottom 10% of Earners$45,050
Top 10% of Earners$83,250
# Employed2,670

The average dental hygienist salary in South Carolina is $64,040  –  14% below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $30.79.

There are currently 2,670 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

South Carolina Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Charleston-North Charleston, SC500$70,290
Columbia, SC510$55,950
Florence, SCNot Avalable$49,210
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC450$57,920
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC90$58,030
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC160$56,480
Spartanburg, SC230$59,970
Sumter, SC40$50,460
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area40$54,840
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area120$64,230
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area30$49,700
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area70$49,410

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in South Carolina

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists530$57,350
Physician Assistants510$96,490
Respiratory Therapists330$50,440
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers350$59,930
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics860$28,920
Pharmacy Technicians1,180$30,910
Surgical Technologists460$39,170
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians260$29,300
Home Health Aides780$26,500
Nursing Assistants6,200$24,290
Occupational Therapy Assistants60$37,080
Physical Therapist Assistants250$34,990
Massage Therapists80$34,700
Dental Assistants850$34,310
Medical Assistants1,030$28,550
Medical Transcriptionists640$30,840

***Page Updated October 2018***