Dental Hygiene Schools In Tennessee

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Tennessee

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Tennessee 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 Tennessee, 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 8 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Tennessee

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
TennesseeChattanooga State Technical Community CollegeChattanoogaLearn More
TennesseeEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityLearn More
TennesseeHiwassee CollegeMadisonvilleLearn More
TennesseeUniversity of Tennessee College of DentistryMemphisLearn More
TennesseeConcorde Career CollegeMemphisLearn More
TennesseeRemington CollegeNashvilleLearn More
TennesseeTennessee State UniversityNashvilleLearn More
TennesseeRoane State Community CollegeOak RidgeLearn 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 8 CODA accredited programs in Tennessee.

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.

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

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

State Board: Tennessee Board of Dentistry
Phone: (800) 778-4123

Dental Hygienist Salary in Tennessee

Hourly Wage$31.79
Bottom 10% of Earners$46,860
Top 10% of Earners$87,950
# Employed3,860

The average dental hygienist salary in Tennessee is $66,120  –  11% less than the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $31.79.

There are currently 3,860 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Tennessee Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Chattanooga, TN-GA390$67,350
Clarksville, TN-KY160$60,660
Cleveland, TN70$66,660
Jackson, TN80$55,950
Johnson City, TN110$66,570
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA160$53,890
Knoxville, TN520$74,530
Memphis, TN-MS-AR640$61,960
Morristown, TN30$57,880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN1,430$68,340
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area180$45,480
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan areaNot Avalable$55,200
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area120$80,210
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area130$67,700

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Tennessee

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists12,980$72,320
Physician Assistants5,990$99,580
Respiratory Therapists10,890$56,450
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers4,650$74,640
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics18,270$36,050
Pharmacy Technicians32,000$32,580
Surgical Technologists9,790$45,100
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians9,020$29,740
Home Health Aides62,930$19,950
Nursing Assistants82,660$24,550
Occupational Therapy Assistants3,840$71,100
Physical Therapist Assistants6,270$72,820
Massage Therapists5,270$38,770
Dental Assistants26,380$35,260
Medical Assistants57,180$29,180
Medical Transcriptionists4,290$35,310

***Page Updated October 2018***



Tennessee , locally ; Cherokee: ᏔᎾᏏ, romanized: Tanasi) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States.
Area: 42,143 sq mi
Population: 6,770,010