Become a Dental Hygienist in New Jersey

Demand for Dental Hygienists in New Jersey remains strong, especially in the aumbulatory health centers were most are employed.[Seguir leyendo en español]

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development of the State of New Jersey estimates there were 6,588 people employed as dental hygienists in the state in 2014. It projects that that number will grow by 11.4% to 7,341 people by 2024. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nationwide during the same period there will be growth of 19%, which is considered to be much faster than average. Data for dental assistants can be found here.

Requirements

To become a licensed dental hygienist in the state of New Jersey, you are required to be a graduate of a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program and pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, a jurisprudence exam and a clinical exam administered by NERB.

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Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in New Jersey in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $84,180, or $40.47 per hour. Most jobs and higher salaries are found in the metropolitan area around New York, Newark and Jersey City. Salaries in the area of New Jersey around Philadelphia tend to be lower. Top earners can expect annual salaries of over $100,000.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ770$32.69$68,000
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ**$36.36$75,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA10,640$41.36$86,020
Ocean City, NJ40$41.35$86,000
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD4,400$35.02$72,840
Trenton, NJ180$39.84$82,860
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ140$37.46$77,910

Well-known DH Schools in New Jersey

There are 19 educational programs/majors in the state of New Jersey. Of those, 6 dental hygiene programs (and 5 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.

Paramus, NJ

Bergen Community College – Dental Hygiene offers a CODA-accredited 2-year AS Degree at their main campus at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201-447-7148). The program incorporates clinical, technological, and laboratory approaches, and prerequisites include a HS or GED diploma, background and drug testing, and a current CPR certificate, and fingerprinting is required to complete clinical experiences at outside sites. Information about tuition fees and financial aid programs are available at the bursar’s website. In addition to fees, expenses throughout the program that include most needed items down to uniforms are estimated at $5000 (check directly with the college for final figures and updates).

Brookdale, NJ

Brookdale Community College – Dental Hygiene offers a CODA-accredited, 87-credit AAS Degree that can be completed in 2 years, following which you can obtain an RDH license issued by the State Board of Dentistry of New Jersey. You must have a HS diploma or equivalent, and background checks are administered by an outside vendor. You must submit to a medical exam to partake in clinical participation. Students with prior relevant credits can present transcripts for program credits at Brookdale. For more info, contact the Registration Office or call (732) 224-2375.

Pemberton, NJ

Burlington County College – Dental Hygiene has a student body of 8500 at their two campuses at Mount Laurel and Pemberton Township. BCC offers a CODA-accredited 2-year AAS Degree program. They also have extensive distant learning courses and various satellite facilities in high schools across Burlington County, the largest county in NJ with a population of approximately 450,000. The Dental Hygiene center at BCC is located in the Lewis M. Parker Center, room 318 on the Pemberton campus at 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068 (tel. 609-894-9311).

Other DH Schools in New Jersey (check accreditations directly with your college)

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (at their Scotch Plains Campus) has an AAS Degree program that consists of six prerequisite courses and four semesters. Rowan College at Burlington County offers a 2-year AAS Degree program. If you have a HS or GED diploma, have transcripts sent to their admissions office and take their placement test (for more info, check with the Office of the Registrar at 856-222-9311, ext. 1560). Camden County College – Dental Hygiene also offers a 2-year, full-time, AAS CODA-accredited program. Eastern International College offers a CODA-accredited 2-year, AAS program at their Jersey City main campus. This has 78 credits of which 30 are in general information, and 48 in the program’s major courses.

Dental Hygiene

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Camden County College

200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
(856) 227-7200
http://www.camdencc.edu/html/departments/dentalhygiene/index.HTM

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Blackwood campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 13,807 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for in-district students are $4,140, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $4,260 and $4,260 respectively.

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Essex County College

303 University Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 877-3000
http://www.essex.edu/onlinecatalog/dental-hygiene-a-a-s-degree-program/

The Associate’s program at Essex County College is offered at their campus in the city of Newark. Most of the school’s 11,979 students are on 2-year programs. Yearly tuition fees for in-district students are $3,384, while fees for in-state and out-of-state students are $5,988 and $5,988 respectively.

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