The Cost of a Dental Hygienist Education

What is the average cost of a dental hygienist education? The costs will vary according to the programs chosen and the school that is chosen by students. The American Dental Association estimates the cost for an associate degree at $30,000+, a bachelor’s degree is more than $40,000 and a master’s degree is over $23,000. Tuition at some schools in large metropolitan areas can be as high as $70,000.

On the other hand, there are smaller community colleges that charge about $5,000 for a two-year degree if the student is a resident of the state in which the college is located. The costs are somewhat higher for out-of-state residents, who may pay from $10,000 to over $21,000.

A four-year degree, which includes two years of undergraduate studies and two years of clinical studies in a public university is approximately $20,000 to $28,000 for residents and can be as high as $36,000 to $99,000 for non-residents. Private colleges are higher as well costing about $80,000.

A Breakdown of the Costs of the Dental Hygienist Education

Students who choose to live on campus while attending dental hygienist school will incur the cost of housing in addition to the tuition fees. This amount will depend upon the school. The fees charges for tuition will include:

  • Uniforms
  • Lab coats
  • Shoes
  • Computer fees
  • Professional association dues
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Licensing board exams

The costs will also include the textbooks needed by students. If the school being attended requires students to purchase their clinical lab supplies, this is another cost that can be added to the educational expenditures. This may include supplies such as hand mirrors, safety glasses, and carts with drawers, disposable gloves, clipboards, face masks, hand pieces, radiation badges and other incidentals.

Students can expect to spend about $1200 to $1500 for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. This amount is for the undergraduate studies and the cost of textbooks for the clinical studies will be about $700 for the first year and $275 for the second.

The uniforms and equipment for the first year of clinical studies will range from $1400 to $1700 for the second year. In addition, once the dental hygienist education requirements are completed, the cost of the Clinical Board licensing exam is $950.

This is a general run-down of educational costs and licensing although they may vary from one area to another and costs are always subject to change.

Ways to Save while Earning a Degree as a Dental Hygienist

If a student wishes to save money while completing the requirements of a dental hygienist education program, there are ways this may be done. The student may complete a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each year of school they wish to attend. Submitting the FAFSA form will allow them to be considered for federal grants or student loans to cover educational costs.

In addition, the American Dental Hygienist’s Association award scholarships on a yearly basis to students who meet certain criteria. There are other ways of saving on the cost of an education in dental hygiene. Many students choose to complete the associate degree program and enroll in a four-year degree program while working. There are programs that are tailored for students for this purpose. The class schedules are developed to help students who are working