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Dental Hygienist Schools in Missouri

In Missouri, the dental hygiene field is a growing one, which makes it a good choice for a new career.

Before being able to practice, you need to get a dental hygiene license.

In this state, the certifications are managed by The Missouri Dental Board.

Attending a Training Program

To get licensed, you will need an associate’s degree from a school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

This requires at least 2 years of studying and is the minimum acceptable for a dental hygiene license.

However, you may want to look into a bachelor’s degree or other forms of higher education to get a better job.

Most of the accredited schools offer varied higher education programs and also have certain criteria to meet before enrollment, such as having a CPR certification.

School Name Address
Hillyard Technical Center 3434 Faraon St, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-5102
Missouri Southern State University 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
North Central Missouri College 1301 Main St, Trenton, Missouri 64683
Ozarks Technical Community College 1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
State Fair Community College 3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301-2199
University of Missouri 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Passing The License Exam

Missouri requires candidates to pass 3 exams:

  • The National Board exam
  • The Regional exam
  • The Jurisprudence exam.

The National Board Test

This test is managed by the American Dental Association (ADA) Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.

To receive your application, you need to send in scores from the exam.

You can either take the exam by attending a CODA-accredited program first or a course that was not accredited.

In such a case, you also need to provide:

  • Letter from the school’s dean
  • Letter from the secretary of a Board of Dentistry
  • Official Dental School transcripts

To apply for the exam, you need:

  • Register for a Dental Personal Identifier Number (A DENTPIN)
  • Apply for examination
  • Submit $400 application fee

Regional Exam

In Missouri, this exam is available at various centers.

After taking the exam, submit the scores to the Board.

Jurisprudence Exam

This test comprises 50 questions on dental hygiene practices and is open book.

The test requires an 80% passing score.

Send in Your Application

To be able to apply, you need to submit:

  • A filled-in form
  • $155 fee
  • Passport style photo
  • Official school transcripts
  • Official National Board Scores
  • Competency Exam Scores
  • Current CPR Certification

In order to get a new license with credentials, you need to submit proof of a 2-year-old license in another state.

Your current license will also be verified by the Missouri Dental Board.

Expected Salary

Those with a Bachelors’s or higher degree can expect to earn more than the average salary shown below for dental hygienists in Missouri.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Kansas City $73,530
St. Louis $73,747
Springfield $72,304
Columbia $72,953
Independence $73,450
Lee's Summit $73,250
O'Fallon $73,148
St. Joseph $72,831
St. Charles $73,348
St. Peters $73,187

Regional Salary in Missouri

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL90$72,340$34.78$79,320$63,120
Columbia, MO140$77,430$37.23$85,250$64,550
Joplin, MO100$74,570$35.85$82,700$63,020
Kansas City, MO-KS1,590$77,210$37.12$86,210$66,920
St. Joseph, MO-KS70$78,100$37.55$89,330$65,980
St. Louis, MO-IL1,740$77,070$37.06$91,890$63,950
Springfield, MO300$75,530$36.31$83,110$63,160
* 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.

Renewing Your Certification

Your certification has to be renewed after 2 years, for which you have to take 30 extra class hours.

Out of the 30 hours, 25 must cover theory.

You will need to get a separate training and certification if you plan on working with nitrous oxide.

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