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Dental Hygienist Schools in Montana

In Montana, dental hygienist jobs are quite lucrative.

If you want to work in the field, read on for more info on the steps required to get licensed.

In Montana, the certifications are managed by The Montana Board of Dentistry.

Finish a Dental Hygienists Program

To get licensed, you first need to attend at least 2 years of education in a school approved by The American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Attending the program will provide an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.

You can also pursue your education further for better job opportunities.

School Name Address
Great Falls College Montana State University 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405

Take the Licensing Exams

In Montana, you need to pass 3 exams:

  • The National Board Exam
  • The Regional Exam
  • The Jurisprudence exam

The National Board Exam

To take this exam, you need to provide a DENTPIN number and complete an application.

The National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) scores should be sent to the Board before being eligible for the other exams.

Regional Exam

This exam tests your ability to perform your physical job duties.

You must take this test not more than 5 years before you apply for a license.

Jurisprudence Exam

Taking this exam costs $85, and you must get a 75% passing score.

The test is open book and covers the laws and rules of dental hygienists in Montana.


To apply, you need to have practical experience of 1000 hours over the past 24 months.

You also need to send into the Montana Board of Dentistry:

  • Application form
  • $100 Application Fee
  • $85 Jurisprudence Exam Fee
  • Proof of Graduation from CODA-accredited dental hygiene school (diploma and transcripts)
  • National Board Scores
  • Clinical Exam Scores
  • CPR Certification
  • National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query
  • Two reference letters

Extra permits

You can also apply for a Limited Access and/or Local Anesthesia permit for better credentials.

To do so, you must submit:

  • Proof of 2,400 hours of practice over the last 36 months
  • Current Liability Insurance
  • 12 extra education hours
  • $50 permit fee

The Local Anesthesia permit requires:

  • WREB Local Anesthetic Exam
  • Proof of local anesthetic administration in the previous 5 years
  • Send in a $20 fee


The extra permits give the possibility of Montana’s dental hygienists to earn a higher salary.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Billings $71,731
Missoula $61,905
Great Falls $64,939
Bozeman $61,905
Butte $61,905
Helena $63,029
Kalispell $66,474
Havre $63,815
Anaconda $61,905
Miles City $70,607

Regional Salary in Montana

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Billings, MT190$84,650$40.7$94,790$79,360
Great Falls, MT80$79,670$38.3$90,020$69,310
Missoula, MT120$83,870$40.32$93,470$78,360
* 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 Dental Hygienist License

You will have to renew your license every 3 years and attend 36 extra education hours before that.

Some of the topics covered in class include:

  • Oral Surgery
  • Infection Control
  • Endodontics
  • Management of Dental and Medical Emergencies
  • Practice Management
  • Oral Pathology
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Clinical Patient Management
  • Pedodontics
  • Oral Biology
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Dental Materials
  • Implantology
  • Radiology

After getting your dental hygienist license, you can stay up to date with the industry changes by joining The Montana Dental Hygienists’ Association.

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