Dental
Dental Hygienist

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Salary: $44,258 - $72,907
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Hourly: $24.48 - $35.93
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: up to 1 year
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Length of Training/Requirements
A two-year associate degree is required for most private practice offices. Most programs have specific prerequisite college-level courses. A bachelor’s or master’s degree is required for teaching, research and administration of dental hygiene education programs.

Licensure/Certification

Dental hygienists must be licensed to practice in Texas by the State Board of Dental Examiners. They must show proof of graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program, and pass the National Board and Western Regional Examining Board exams. Continuing education hours and CPR renewal are required every year for license renewal.


Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Amarillo College Amarillo A
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Austin Community College Austin A
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Blinn College Brenham A
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Coastal Bend College Beeville A
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Collin College Plano A
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi A
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El Paso Community College District El Paso A
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston A
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Howard College Big Spring A
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Lamar Institute of Technology (TSUS) Beaumont A
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Lone Star College System: Kingwood Campus Kingwood A
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls B
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Northeast Texas Community College Mt. Pleasant A
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth A
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Temple College Temple A
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Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College Station B,M
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Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (TSTC) Harlingen A
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Texas Woman's University Denton B
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston C,B
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio B
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Tyler Junior College Tyler A
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Wharton County Junior College Wharton A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate