Find Dental Hygiene Training in Michigan

There is persistent job growth in the health care sector across the US, and the state of Michigan and dental hygiene profession are no exceptions. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Michigan’s Department of Technology Management and Budget predicts 10-year employment growth of 4.1% in dental hygiene for the period to 2024. (See Dental Assistant Schools in Michigan.)

 

Requirements

To become a dental hygienist in Michigan you must have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the ADEX or NERB clinical exam.

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

Dental Hygienists in the state of Michigan are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have earned an average annual salary of $64,130 in 2018, which is equivalent to $30.83 per hour. New entrants can expect to earn a little over $51,000 a year, while experienced professionals can earn upwards of $79,100 on average.

Salaries in major cities average:

  • In Ann Arbor, salaries range from $55,450 to $91,100
  • In Grand Rapids, salaries range from $58,410 to $80,130
AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI430$31.65$65,830
Battle Creek, MI80$24.29$50,530
Bay City, MI70$28.77$59,830
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI4,580$29.50$61,360
Flint, MI460$29.25$60,840
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI1,140$30.09$62,580
Jackson, MI120$33.21$69,080
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI400$28.70$59,700
Lansing-East Lansing, MI670$30.48$63,390
Midland, MI100$29.27$60,880
Monroe, MI100$26.28$54,670
Muskegon, MI120$32.73$68,080
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI120$31.42$65,360
Saginaw, MI240$25.41$52,860
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI340$32.42$67,420

Popular Programs

 

Well-Known Schools

There are 31 educational programs/majors in the state of Michigan. Of those, 13 dental hygiene programs (and 9 dental assistant programs) are accredited by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Some of those institutions naturally provide both types of dental programs.

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan School of Dentistry offers an entry-level, 4-year Bachelor of Science BS program at their campus on 1011 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. With a 140-year tradition of leading the way in dental education, they boast that the QS World University Rankings ranked them #1 dental school in the U.S and #2 dental school in the world. Before getting enthused about this school, you may wish to check reviews here.

UM School of Dentistry Prerequisites include:

  • There is an entire curriculum of prerequisite courses that must be completed by May of any year to be considered for the annual starting Fall semester. All prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade of C or lower will not be accepted.
  • A dental admissions test (DAT) administered by the American Dental Association (submitted with the application). Test scores must be included. You must wait 90 days to take the DAT test again.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required of which two from a science professors, dentist or professional organization.

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University, Department of Dental Hygiene and Medical Imaging, at 1201 S. State St., Big rapids, MI 49307, offers an on-campus, CODA-accredited 3-year AAS Degree in dental hygiene, with the first year considered a prerequisite (pre-professional) year. You may take pre-requisite courses at Ferris, or at another recognized academy. FTU also offers an online 4-year BS degree. On-campus program expenses come to $3.310 (check for updates). A per-credit fee schedule is available here. FTU’s progression policy requires you to have at least a C (a C- in ENG), and any two concurrent grades below C will get you dismissed.

Other well-known schools

Baker College’s campus at 1050 W Bristol Road, Flint, MI 48507, offers a Coda-accredited 2-year AAS degree in dental hygiene. Mott Community College, also in Flint, also offers a CODA-accredited 2-year AAS degree with 84 credit hours (click here for their program brochure). Oakland Community College has an extended Coda-accredited 2-year (73 credit hours) AAS degree program (DHY.APP) at their Highland Lakes Campus at 7350 Cooley Lake Rd, Waterford Township, MI 48327.

Dental Hygiene

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University

1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000
https://www.ferris.edu/associates-degree-dental-hygiene.htm

The Associate’s program at Ferris State University is taught at their Big Rapids campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 14,533 students, about 9% are postgraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $10,466 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $16,722.

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
(616) 234-4000
https://www.grcc.edu/dentalprograms/dentalhygiene

The Associate’s program at Grand Rapids Community College is taught at their Grand Rapids campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 17,448 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $2,898, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,742 and $8,310 respectively.

Battle Creek, MI

Kellogg Community College

450 North Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3397
(269) 965-3931
http://www.kellogg.edu/academics/departments/allied-health/dentalhygiene/

The Associate’s program at Kellogg Community College is taught at their Battle Creek campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The college has around 6,002 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $3,054, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,801 and $6,762 respectively.

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

Lansing Community College

419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
(517) 483-1957
https://www.lcc.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-public-service/dental-hygiene.html

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Lansing campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 19,082 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $2,720, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,210 and $7,700 respectively.

Flint, MI

Mott Community College

1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
(810) 762-0200
https://www.mcc.edu/health_sciences/hs_dental-hygiene-gp.shtml

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Flint campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 9,968 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly fees for in-district students are $3,209, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,498 and $6,228 respectively.

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

Oakland Community College

2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
(248) 341-2000
https://www.oaklandcc.edu/health/dental-hygiene/default.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Bloomfield Hills campus. Most of the school’s 27,296 students are on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $2,397, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,278 and $5,961 respectively.

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
(734) 764-1817
https://dent.umich.edu/about-school/department/pom/dental-hygiene/dental-hygiene-bachelors-degree

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year private college with 43,426 students, of which 64% are undergraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $13,142 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $40,392.

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

Wayne County Community College District

801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 496-2600
http://www.wcccd.edu/academic/pdfs/Programs%202019/Dental_Hygiene.pdf

The Associate’s program at Wayne County Community College District is offered at their campus in the city of Detroit. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has about 18,176 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for in-district students are $2,716, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $2,980 and $3,700 respectively.

 

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