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Dental Hygienist Schools in Michigan

Michigan has a big demand for dental hygienists.

These professionals are supervised by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Board of Dentistry who issues licenses to interested individuals.

Educational Requirement

The Board requires individuals interested in becoming dental hygienists to complete a CODA-accredited training program.

This program needs to last at least 2 years and award an Associates’s degree upon completion.

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are better suited for those who seek a career rather than just employment.

There are a few requirements to meet before enrolling in these programs:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Having a high school diploma
  • Having a CPR certification
  • Having minimum grades of C in certain high school courses

Some of the classes in these programs are:

  • Preclinical dental hygiene
  • Principles of periodontics
  • Oral pathology
  • Clinical dental hygiene
  • Head, neck and oral anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Dental pharmacology
  • Dental materials and methods
  • Dental education and public health
  • Community oral health

All training programs also include clinical training, with patients.

All dental hygienists can take special classes to be allowed to administer local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide.

The training for local anesthesia must be formed of at least:

  • 15 hours of didactic learning
  • 14 hours of practice training

The training for nitrous oxide must be formed of at least:

  • 4 hours of didactic learning
  • 4 hours of practice training
School Name Address
Baker College 1050 W Bristol Road, Flint, MI 48507
Ferris State University 1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
Grand Rapids Community College 143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
Kellogg Community College 450 North Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3397
Lansing Community College 419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
Mott Community College 1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
Oakland Community College 2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
Oakland Community College 7350 Cooley Lake Rd, Waterford Township, MI 48327
University of Michigan 503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
University of Michigan School of Dentistry 1011 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Wayne County Community College 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Passing the Necessary Exams

Once training is completed, candidates have to pass a series of exams before being awarded a license as a dental hygienist.

National Board Dental Hygiene Examination

This exam has 350 questions and is computerized and recognized nationally.

It is organized at the Pearson Vue testing centers, through the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations who must accept the applications for the exam.

The exam also has a practice part in which 15 patient cases are presented to the candidate.

Regional Board Examination

The exam offered by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) is the next exam candidates have to pass.

This test also has 2 parts:

  • Computer Simulated Clinical Examination (CSCE)
  • Patient Treatment Clinical Examination (PTCS)

The 2 parts of this examination are organized at different testing centers and different times.

Future Dental Hygienists who want to administer local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide need to take the respective exams through CDCA.

Getting Licensed

Once all exams have been passed, the candidates are eligible to apply for the license.

They have to fill out an application form that must be sent to the Board along with the following documents:

  • Submit licensing fee – $45
  • Official transcript the school sends directly to the Board
  • Official score report from the NBDHE
  • Fingerprints for a criminal background check
  • Copy of the CPR certificate

Those who want to administer local anesthesia must include:

  • $10 fee
  • Proof of completing the appropriate training
  • Proof of passing the appropriate exam

Those who want to administer nitrous oxide must include:

  • $10 fee
  • Proof of completing the appropriate training
  • Proof of passing the appropriate CDCA exam

The CDCA automatically sends the score report of their exam, which is another needed document for the approval of the license.

Individuals who obtained a dental hygienist license in a different state must also submit verification for it.

The Board contacts only those whose applications got accepted and mails out the extra certificates as well.

Salary Information

Aiming for a higher degree and extra certifications as a dental hygienist means a higher salary.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Detroit $76,608
Grand Rapids $72,952
Warren $76,608
Sterling Heights $76,369
Ann Arbor $77,692
Lansing $73,206
Clinton $77,333
Flint $69,360
Dearborn $76,608
Livonia $76,369

Regional Salary in Michigan

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI330$75,640$36.37$84,070$63,790
Battle Creek, MI80$66,480$31.96$73,710$49,180
Bay City, MI70$66,480$31.96$72,580$61,900
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI3,220$70,190$33.75$80,460$54,750
Flint, MI390$69,730$33.52$77,270$62,390
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI940$70,770$34.02$75,720$64,710
Jackson, MI120$70,390$33.84$77,030$64,590
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI280$70,150$33.73$80,160$61,760
Lansing-East Lansing, MI330$69,530$33.43$77,720$51,730
Midland, MI80$69,940$33.62$77,160$59,690
Monroe, MI60$71,370$34.31$77,750$64,250
Muskegon, MI110$66,240$31.84$74,010$60,930
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI80$70,040$33.67$79,770$60,980
Saginaw, MI180$67,000$32.21$74,270$63,610
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Dental Hygienists, OCC Code 29-1292, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Maintaining the License

In Michigan, the dental hygienist license expires every 3 years.

To renew it, professionals are expected to complete 36 hours of continuing education, that cover:

  • 12 hours in dental hygienist functions
  • 1 hour must be in pain management
  • Maintaining current CPR certification

The first renewal period is usually shorter, and this means continuing education is not needed.

The Board runs audits for these professionals, so individuals must keep proof of completed continuing education.

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