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According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the demand for dental hygienists in the state of Arkansas is expected to grow by 20.3% in the ten years to 2024. [Seguir leyendo en español] This is well above the national average.

Growing demand for allied health professionals, such as dental hygienists and assistants, means dependable job prospects for the foreseeable future. (Learn more about dental assistant schools in Arkansas here.)

Over all, you can expect state job openings to average around 50 per year for dental hygienists during the next decade.


In order to become a Dental Hygienist, you must be a graduate of a program that is accredited the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners. You must also successfully take the National Board Examination for Dental Hygiene, the clinical dental hygiene exam administered by Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), and the Arkansas Jurisprudence Examination. You will also need to hold a current Healthcare Provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

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Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Arkansas in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $65,450, or $31.47 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO220$34.18$71,090
Fort Smith, AR-OK150$29.02$60,350
Hot Springs, AR50$27.77$57,760
Jonesboro, AR130$33.18$69,010
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR470$31.24$64,980
Memphis, TN-MS-AR730$28.44$59,150
Pine Bluff, AR**$26.48$55,080

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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199
(501) 296-1275

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock offers an ADA accredited Bachelor program in Dental Assisting. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 2,809 students, about 71% are postgraduates.

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