How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Texas - TX
Texas is a great state for those considering a career as a dental hygienist. There are numerous large cities and a high concentration of students and military personnel in the state. As the population continues to increase, so do the job openings for dental hygienists.
How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Texas
- Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
- Take appropriate preparatory classes. Accredited dental hygiene programs expect applicants to have already completed courses in biology, chemistry and math at a high school level.
- Apply to an accredited dental hygiene school as approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. There are currently 286 school that award associate’s degrees in dental hygiene. Some also offer bachelor’s and master’s programs.
- Graduate from approved dental hygiene program.
- Pass the national licensure examination. The American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations offers the written portion of the exam and local and regional-state appointed agencies conduct the clinical portion. Texas also requires a dental hygienist to maintain a current certification in CPR by the Red Cross or American Heart Association and maintain at least 12 hours of continuing education courses annually.
- Apply for a dental hygiene license from the state of Texas. Visit the Texas State Board of Dentist Examiners website for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines. You will then be considered a registered dental hygienist in Texas.