Get trained in Dental Hygiene in Arizona

This page provides detailed information on training as a Dental Hygienist in Arizona. Below, you will find details on programs of study available across the state. While accreditation status is updated frequently, students are advised to check with each school before committing to a specific program. [Seguir leyendo en español]

According to the Arizona Department of Administration, Office of Employment and Population Statistics, there are currently over 3,090 people employed as Dental Hygienists in the State of Arizona: Job prospects are excellent with employment growth predicted to be 14.5% for the decade to 2024. (Alternatively, you can find out about Dental Assistant Schools, state requirements and salaries in Arizona here.)

Requirements

In order to become a dental hygienist qualified to practice in the state of Arizona you must be a graduate of a recognized Dental Hygiene school, pass the national dental hygiene board examination, a clinical examination (western regional examining board or equivalent) and the Arizona jursiprudence exam. Typically, a recognized Dental Hygiene School will be one that has been accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In Arizona, a dental hygienist is permitted to perform prophylaxis, scaling, closed subgingival curettage, root planing, administering local anesthetics and nitrous oxide, inspecting the oral cavity and surrounding structures for the purposes of gathering clinical data to facilitate a diagnosis, periodontal screening or assessment, recording of clinical findings, compiling case histories, exposing and processing dental radiographs, all functions authorized and deemed appropriate for dental assistants and those restorative functions permissible for an expanded function dental assistant.

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Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists in the state of Arizona earned an average of $84,130 annually or $40.45 per hour in 2016. Dental Hygienist jobs in Arizona are concentrated in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottdale area.

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

Well-known Schools

The US Department of Education recognizes 8 dental hygiene programs in the State of Arizona. Of these, one is a four-year university, five are public-run community colleges and two are private, for-profit institutions. Your budget for tuition fees and availability to take classes and internships will determine the best school option for you.

Phoenix

Phoenix College is a community college, centrally located in Encanto Village, Phoenix. It offers a CODA-accredited Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene. Graduates are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states. Transfer articulation to Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene is also available.

Arizona State University (ASU) does not offer a dental hygiene program but does accept transfer articulation to its Bachelor’s programs from dental hygiene graduates from other qualifying colleges.

Fortis College is a private, for-profit college, and its Phoenix Campus offers a Dental Hygiene program.

Mesa

Mesa Community College offers a CODA-accredited Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene from its Red Mountain Campus. Clinical training takes place at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, located south of the US 60 and west of Power Road in Mesa.

Carrington College is a private, for-profit college, and its Mesa Campus offers a Dental Hygiene program.

Tempe

Rio Salado is a Maricopa community college in Tempe, and offers a CODA-accredited program awarding an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene. Graduates are eligible to take the written and clinical exams necessary to apply for state licensure. The prerequisites for this program include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a current CPR card for Health Care Provider, completion of the Basic Science courses with a GPA of 3.5 or better and General Education courses with a GPA of 3.25 or better within the last five years and a grade C or better in the required courses listed here.

Other Locations

Northern Arizona University (NAU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in Flagstaff. You will need to have completed two years of prerequisites before commencing this two-year program. The average Science GPA of accepted students in 2014 was 3.4 and cumulative GPA was 3.6.

Mohave Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene in Kingman, AZ. Prerequisites include all General Education coursework being completed with a GPA of 2.8 or above and a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.

Pima Community College’s AAS in Dental Hygiene is offered in Tucson. You can learn more about program prerequisites here.

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Carrington College-Mesa

1001 Southern Ave., Ste. 130, Mesa, Arizona 85210
(480) 212-1600
http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Mesa campus. The majority of the school’s 685 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental hygiene program are $14,287 and books and supplies costs of $794. On average the program takes 10 months to complete.

Mesa Community College

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 461-7000
http://www.mesacc.edu/programs/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Mesa campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 25,024 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,974 per year, while students from other states will pay $7,758.

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University

1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132
(928) 523-9011
http://nau.edu/CHHS/DDH/Degrees/Bachelors/

The Bachelor program at Northern Arizona University is offered at their campus in the city of Flagstaff. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 25,991 students, about 16% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $9,738 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $22,093.

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000
http://www.dental.maricopa.edu/

The Associate’s program at Rio Salado College is offered at their campus in the city of Tempe. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The college has around 24,342 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $1,974 per year. Tuition for students from outside Arizona is $7,758.

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