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Dental Hygienist Schools in Ohio

Maybe you are considering a career in dental hygiene in Ohio.

In that case, read the article below for tips and info on starting your new career.

Education Requirements for Licensing

In Ohio, dental hygiene licenses are handled by The Ohio State Dental Board.

Before you can receive one, you must attend at least a 2-year program approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Other degree options include:

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Science

During your course, you will study subjects like:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Dental Hygiene Theory
  • Dental Radiology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Dental Anatomy Embryology
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Oral Pathology
  • Periodontics
  • Dental Materials
  • Pain and Control Methodology
  • Special Needs Patients
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Dental Hygiene Clinics
  • Testing and Board Reviews
School Name Address
Columbus State Community College 550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cuyahoga Community College District 700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Owens Community College 30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Sinclair Community College 444 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College 9555 Plainfield Rd, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236-1096

Local Anesthesia Permit

To get a local anesthesia permit, you must also attend an anesthesia course additionally to a dental hygiene program.

Passing the Licensing Exams

You will first need to pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) exam.

To take it, you must send an application form and register for a DENTPIN Number.

Regional Exam

The practical exam is offered through the Western Region Examining Board (WREB).

In order to take it, you must be enrolled in a Board-approved program and pass the NBDHE exam.

Jurisprudence Exam

This test is open book and available after you pay a fee and complete a form.

In order to take this exam, you must pass the previous ones first.

The exam will cover state laws and regulations in Ohio.

Send in an Application

To apply for a dental hygiene license, you must send:

  • Application Form
  • Current Photograph (2’’x2’’, signed, and dated)
  • Application fee: $150
  • National Board Scores
  • Transcript with Degree Posted
  • Certification of education (form enclosed in the application form)
  • Licensure Verification (form enclosed in the application form)
  • WREB results
  • Proof of local anesthesia exam
  • Authorization for release of personal information
  • Current CPR certification
  • Jurisprudence exam
  • License fee

You will also have to send a legalized copy of the original certificate of the practical exam.

If the clinical exam was a state one, the state will send your results to the Board.

If it was a regional one, you will have to submit the certificate yourself.


Extra certifications will bring increased job opportunities with higher pay.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Columbus $73,665
Cleveland $74,314
Cincinnati $73,245
Toledo $72,429
Akron $71,912
Dayton $72,811
Canton $71,531
Youngstown $71,006
Lorain $72,930
Hamilton $72,945

Regional Salary in Ohio

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Akron, OH500$74,560$35.85$80,180$65,780
Canton-Massillon, OH260$68,110$32.74$77,360$57,300
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN1,940$81,710$39.28$104,970$64,010
Cleveland-Elyria, OH1,440$73,360$35.27$80,140$67,340
Columbus, OH1,640$75,780$36.43$82,610$62,980
Dayton, OH610$75,560$36.33$80,800$64,080
Lima, OH90$68,690$33.03$78,180$52,590
Mansfield, OH80$66,050$31.76$74,610$48,910
Springfield, OH90$69,120$33.23$77,890$50,650
Toledo, OH500$72,220$34.72$83,170$62,350
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA390$64,930$31.22$73,700$60,830
* 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 Hygiene License

You will need to get your dental hygiene license renewed every 24 months.

Before you can do, you need to take 24 additional hours of classes on dental hygiene.

Extra permits

You may be able to apply for an Extended Access Dental Hygiene certification if:

  • You were hired as a dental hygienist for 2 years before applying
  • Worked for at least 1000 hours in the 2 years before applying
  • Complete an application

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