Dental Hygiene Education in Washington State

Washington was rated in MoneyRate.com’s 2013 survey (as covered in Forbes) as the best state to live and work. The main reason was that the high salaries available were not as offset by a high cost of living as other states. Dental Hygienists enjoy excellent salary potential in WA, and a robust job outlook. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The Employment Security Department of Washington State projects an increase from a 2015 employment level of 6,052 dental hygienists to 7,428 by 2025. That represents an annual growth rate of 2.26%. [You can find information on Dental Assistant schools here.]

 

Requirements

To become a dental hygienist in the state of Washington, you must have completed a CODA-accredited dental hygienist program, complete seven hours of AIDS education, and have earned passing scores in the National Board Dental Hygiene exam, the Washington State Drug and Law exam, the WREB, CRDTS or NERB clinical exam, the WREB anesthesia exam and the WREB restorative exam.

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Washington state in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $90,150, or $43.34 per hour, although the top 10% of earners were making around $115,890 annually. The state has two population, and therefore employment concentrations in the areas of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue and, on the border with Oregon, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro. The

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bellingham, WA150$43.65$90,800
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA170$47.79$99,400
Kennewick-Richland, WA240$44.00$91,510
Lewiston, ID-WA50$38.48$80,050
Longview, WA80$48.78$101,470
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA110$44.98$93,570
Olympia-Tumwater, WA220$46.23$96,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA2,510$36.72$76,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA3,140$44.19$91,910
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA560$39.93$83,060
Walla Walla, WA40$41.39$86,090
Wenatchee, WA60$43.32$90,110
Yakima, WA140$42.71$88,850

Popular Programs

 

Well-known DH schools in WA

There are 23 educational programs/majors in the state of Washington. Of those, 12 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 include both types of dental programs.

Spokane, WA

Eastern Washington University offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in dental hygiene at their campus at 310 N Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA 99202. Admission requirements include an AS degree in DH, completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board examination or its Canadian equivalent, or a U.S. or Canadian dental hygiene license. The application process is highly competitive: the average science GPA of accepted applicants for the last 3 years averaged 3.80. This science GPA accounts for 50% of the application value, with another 20% in cumulative GPA in other coursework. EWU also offer online courses. Prospective e-learners: test your prospects here for online success.

Kirkland, WA

Lake Washington Institute of Technology has a 120-credit Bachelor of Applied Science BAS program for dental hygienists (plus 57 prerequisite credits) at their campus at 11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 (admissions tel. 425-739-8300). The total LWITech-estimated cost for the entire program, including tuition, fees, books and supplies comes to $39,182. Students need not be low income however to qualify for certain types of financial assistance. Apply for those by completing the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Vancouver, WA

Clark College – Dental Hygiene offers a 180-credit, Bachelor of Applied Science BAS Degree at their campus at 2232, 2302 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661. This is a competitive application process: of the 98 applicants who qualified for the class that started in the Fall of 2016, only 25 were accepted. Prerequisites include a minimum applicable AND science GPA of 2.60+, and students must earn a C (2.0) or higher in each preliminary required course.

Dental Hygiene schools in Seattle, WA

Seattle Central College, a state college located in the Capitol Hill part of Seattle, and with a total enrollment of 7,639, offer a BAS degree. After 95 credit, students receive an AAS-T degree in Allied Health and can then continue for the BAS. 2015 undergraduate in-state tuition was $3,893, with out-of-state tuition at $9,083. Pima Medical Institute, Seattle Campus (800-477-PIMA), located in the Northgate area of Seattle, offers a 90-credit, 23-month AS Degree (total tuition costs came to $10,950 in 2011). Seattle Community College has a CODA-accredited, 4-year BAS program at their Allied Health Division, 1200 12th Avenue S, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98144 (call admissions at 206.934.4347).

Dental Hygiene

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000
http://www.clark.edu/academics/catalog/2012/index.php?id=92

The Associate’s program at Clark College is taught at their Vancouver campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has about 12,314 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,650 per year. Tuition for students from outside Washington is $8,840.

Kennewick-Richland, WA

Columbia Basin College

2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, Washington 99301
(509) 547-0511
http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=465

The Associate’s program at Columbia Basin College is taught at their Pasco campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 6,294 students are on 4-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,176 per year. Fees for students from other states are $6,505.

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

Eastern Washington University

526 5th Street, Cheney, Washington 99004-2496
(509) 359-6200
https://www.ewu.edu/chsph/dental-hygiene/

The Master program at Eastern Washington University is offered at their campus in the town of Cheney. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year private college with 12,587 students, of which 90% are undergraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $7,961 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $19,612.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500
https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s program at Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is taught at their Lakewood campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 6,855 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,777 per year. Fees for students from other states are $8,967.

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115
(206) 322-6100
https://pmi.edu/programs/associate/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s program at Pima Medical Institute is taught at their Seattle campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 733 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental hygiene program are $12,190 and books and supplies costs of $714. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Seattle Community College-Central Campus

1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 934-3800
https://healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s program at Seattle Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Seattle. This program of study is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has around 7,068 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $3,893 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $9,083.

Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Community College

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
(509) 574-4600
https://www.yvcc.edu/academics/basdh/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Yakima campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. The majority of the school’s 4,302 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,820 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $4,214.

 

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