Become a Dental Hygienist in Illinois

Over 8,000 people are employed as dental hygienists in the state of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) projects that number to grow by 11.12% during the decade to 2024. Between job growth and replacements you can expect 210 job openings in the state each year.[Seguir leyendo en español]

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Requirements

To become a dental hygienist in the state of Illinois you must be a high school graduate or hold a GED, you must have successfully completed a 2 year dental hygiene program at a CODA-approved school, hold a current CPR certificate, have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and completed a clinical exam at the any of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc. (CRDTS), the Southern Regional Testing Agency, Inc. (SRTA), the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), or the North East Regional Board (NERB). Licensure is issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional
Regulation (IDFPR).

Licensure is renewed every three years. In order to maintain licensure you are required to complete thirty-six credits from continuing education during this three-year period.

How long does it take to become a dental hygienist in Illinois?

Dental hygienist programs require a minimum of two years of study but most programs in Illinois are five semesters or 2.5 years. You will also need to factor in the time taken to complete prerequisite courses prior to applying to a program, if required, and the time needed to take the National Board exam on completion of your program, and to process licensure.

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Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

In 2016, the average salary for Dental Hygienists in Illinois, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $73,290, or $35.24 per hour. As you would expect, most dental hygienist jobs are found in the greater Chicago metropolitan area which straddles Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The average salary in this area is $76,490.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bloomington, IL150$28.65$59,580
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL80$32.98$68,590
Carbondale-Marion, IL60$29.98$62,370
Champaign-Urbana, IL180$26.86$55,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI6,320$36.77$76,490
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL370$30.34$63,120
Decatur, IL90$30.56$63,560
Kankakee, IL80$34.85$72,490
Peoria, IL300$28.46$59,200
Rockford, IL320$36.12$75,130
Springfield, IL140$36.20$75,290
St. Louis, MO-IL1,540$31.39$65,290

Well-known Schools

There are 14 US Department of Education-recognized colleges in Illinois that offer dental hygiene programs. All but one of these are public state or community colleges. Search online for reviews and alumni opinions before making a decision for any college. Also, confirm the current accreditation status, financial aid and tuition fees directly with the college prior to enrollment.

Chicago – Chicagoland

Kennedy-King College is part of City Colleges of Chicago. It’s CODA-accredited AAS in Dental Hygiene program is offered at its campus in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Prerequisites for admission include 20 hours of college-level study with a grade “C” or better in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology and Human Diversity.

The College of DuPage (COD) offers a full-time five-semester Dental Hygiene program. Successful completion of this CODA-accredited program of study leads to the award of an AAS degree. The College of DuPage also offers their “3+1” program in collaboration with the Concordia University of Chicago leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Management. All classes are taken at COD’s campus in Glen Ellyn, about 30 minutes’ drive west of the Chicago Loop. We rate this among the top dental hygiene schools in Illinois.

Lewis University is located in Romeoville, about 40 minutes southwest of Chicago and about 10 minutes north of Joliet. This a private, Catholic, Lasallian university. In partnership with the College of DuPage, this is the only Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene available in the area. The program is offered in a 2+2 format. Classes are taken for the first two years at the Lewis University campus, and for the final two years at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Tuition for the last two years are charged at the College of DuPage’s rates, making this option for a 4-year degree more affordable.

Other Locations

llinois Central College in East Peoria offers a CODA-accredited Associate in Applied Science degree program in Dental Hygiene. The College takes a maximum of 24 students each year. The College has its own dental hygiene clinic, where students can gain experience working with the public.

The School of Allied Health at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale offers a CODA-accredited Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. The School offers a Dental Hygiene Clinic and a Community Dental Center to the public, and students gain some of their clinical experience here. Prerequisite courses for the program can be completed at SIU.

Heartland Community College no longer offers a Dental Hygiene program.

Galesburg, IL

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard, Galesburg, Illinois 61401
(309) 344-2518
http://sandburg.edu/Academics/Degree-Certificates/Dental%20Hygiene/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Galesburg campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 2,460 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $3,970, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,650 and $6,602 respectively. This college does not offer campus accommodation.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60621-2709
(773) 602-5000
http://www.ccc.edu/careers/Pages/Dental-Hygienists.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Chicago campus. Most of the school’s 6,234 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,070, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,961 and $7,498 respectively. This college does not offer campus accommodation.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
(630) 942-2800
http://www.cod.edu/programs/dental/index.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Glen Ellyn campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 26,156 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $4,480, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $10,464 and $12,704 respectively.

College of Lake County

19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
(847) 543-2000
http://www.clcillinois.edu/programs/dhy/

The Associate’s program at College of Lake County is offered at their campus in Grayslake in Lake County. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 17,577 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,136, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $7,252 and $9,590 respectively.

Harper College

1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, Illinois 60067-7398
(847) 925-6000
https://www.harpercollege.edu/academics/health/dental/index.php

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Palatine campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 14,706 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $3,054, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $9,222 and $11,034 respectively.

Peoria, IL

Illinois Central College

1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
(309) 694-5422
https://icc.edu/academics/catalog/academic-departments/health-careers/dental-hygienist/

The Associate’s program at Illinois Central College is offered at their campus in East Peoria in Peoria County. This private, not-for-profit college has about 11,125 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,450, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $7,650 and $8,550 respectively.

Charleston-Mattoon, IL

Lake Land College

5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, Illinois 61938
(217) 234-5253
https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/as/as/academicprograms/catalog/list.cfm?acadprog=AAS.DH&catalog_term=19SP

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Mattoon campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 6,818 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $3,234, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $6,952 and $12,666 respectively.

St. Louis, MO-IL

Lewis and Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, Illinois 62035
(618) 468-7000
https://www.lc.edu/program/dentalhygiene/

The Associate’s program at Lewis and Clark Community College is offered at their campus in Godfrey in Madison County. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 8,483 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $3,304, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $8,960 and $11,788 respectively.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Lewis University

One University Parkway, Romeoville, Illinois 60446-2200
(815) 838-0500
https://www.lewisu.edu/academics/dentalhygiene/index.htm

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Romeoville campus. This is a full, 4-year private college with 6,539 students, of which 70% are undergraduates. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is over 80%. Fees at the school are around $26,780 per year. Tuition for students from outside Illinois is $26,780.

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Parkland College

2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
(217) 351-2200
https://www.parkland.edu/Main/Academics/Departments/Health-Professions/Areas-of-Study/Dental-Hygiene

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Champaign campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 8,679 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $3,525, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $8,805 and $13,305 respectively.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Prairie State College

202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411-8226
(708) 709-3500
https://prairiestate.edu/academics/academic-programs/allied-health/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s program at Prairie State College is taught at their Chicago Heights campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has about 5,416 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $2,976, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $6,984 and $8,304 respectively.

Rockford, IL

Rock Valley College

3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114-5699
(815) 921-7821
https://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Courses/Programs/Dental/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Rockford campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has about 8,312 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $2,924, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $7,964 and $14,534 respectively.

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