How to become a Dental Hygienist in Washington
If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Washington 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 Washington, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.
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Top 10 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Washington WA
|Bellingham Technical College||Bellingham||Learn More|
|Lake Washington Technical College||Kirkland||Learn More|
|Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom||Lakewood||Learn More|
|Columbia Basin College||Pasco||Learn More|
|Seattle Central Community College||Seattle||Learn More|
|Pima Medical Institute, Seattle||Seattle||Learn More|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline||Learn More|
|Eastern Washington University||Spokane||Learn More|
|Clark College, Vancouver||Vancouver||Learn More|
|Yakima Valley Community College||Yakima||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 10 CODA accredited programs in Washington.
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.
Washington State 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 Washington law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.
The Washington State Department of Health and Dental Quality Assurance Commission governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Washington. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
State Board: Washington State Department of Health and Dental Quality Assurance Commission
Phone: (360) 236-4700
Dental Hygienist Salary in Washington
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$24,330|
|Top 10% of Earners||$132,300|
The average dental hygienist salary in Washington is $91,070 – 22% more than the national average of $74,680.
This represents an hourly wage of $43.78.
There are currently 6,160 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.
Washington Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Washington State 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 Washington;
|Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA||120||$91,420|
|Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division||2,820||$91,230|
|Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA||550||$82,240|
|Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division||520||$86,970|
|Walla Walla, WA||50||$82,370|
|Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area||180||$96,800|
|Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area||Not Avalable||$97,880|
|Central Washington nonmetropolitan area||70||$89,400|
|East Washington nonmetropolitan area||80||$88,520|
Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Washington
The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Washington;
***Page Updated October 2018***