Dental Hygienist Schools in Oregon

Bordered by the Pacific ocean and dominated by the majestic peaks of the Cascades, Oregon is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. It is home to famous destinations like Mount Hood and Crater Lake National Park, and features a world-class coastline where high cliffs tower over shining waves.

Major cities in Oregon include Portland, Salem, and Eugene. Salem is the capital, but Portland is the largest city by far, with a population of more than 600,000. Portland is known for its eco-friendly design and development, and has regularly received awards for its green urban planning.

Whatever you are into, you will find plenty to entertain you while living and working as a dental hygienist in Oregon. Visit the Oregon Museum of Science or the Portland Art Museum, or visit the famous Ira Keller Fountain Park. Be sure to check out some of Portland’s famous parks and garden as well, like Washington Park and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Excited to move to Oregon and work as a dental hygienist? Let’s find out how much you could make here and what the job outlook is like.

Career Outlook and Salary

Nationwide, dental hygienists are making a mean annual salary of $73,440 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The field is expanding rapidly at a rate of 19%, which means that many jobs will be opening up in the near future.

Oregon employs around 3,870 dental hygienists. These hygienists are making an average of around $78,720 per year. While this is slightly higher than the nationwide average, consider that the cost of living in Oregon is also slightly higher in some respects, especially downtown. Oregon has some of the higher state taxes you will encounter, though happily there is no sales tax. So all in all, when these factors are taken into account, the salary is probably comparable to the nationwide average.

License Requirements

If you want to work as a dental hygienist in Oregon, you will need to get your state license. How do you do that? You will need to meet these requirements:

  • Submit your application form and pay the required fee of $180. You must also pay the $5 OHWI Data Collection Fee. Note that there is a biennial licensing fee of $225.
  • Provide documentation required to verify your identity.
  • Graduate from a dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Your school will need to send your transcript directly to the board.
  • Complete and pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. Note that you must submit the scores to the board yourself.
  • Verify any existing license you hold.
  • Complete and pass a clinical examination (this requirement must be completed within five years of the date you submit your application). The test may be administered by ADEX, CRDTS, NERB, SRTA, or WREB.
  • Complete the fingerprint Live Scan background check.
  • Take and pass the open book Jurisprudence Examination.
  • Submit a photocopy of your Health Care Provider BLS/CPR or equivalent.

Schools

If you are ready to take the first step to becoming an Oregon dental hygienist, then you will need to select a school. Following is a list of accredited schools in Oregon which are offering dental hygiene programs.


Lane Community College
Health Professions
Dental Hygiene Program
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405-0000
www.lanecc.edu

Programs Offered
Associate: AAS


Mt. Hood Community College
Health Professions Division
Dental Hygiene Program
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030-0000
www.mhcc.edu

Programs Offered
Associate: AAS


Oregon Institute of Technology
School of Health, Arts & Sciences
Dental Hygiene Program
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
www.oit.edu

Programs Offered
Baccalaureate: BS-DH


Pacific University
School of Dental Hygiene Studies
Dental Hygiene Program
222 SE 8th Ave., Suite 271
Hillsboro, OR 97123-4218
www.pacificu.edu

Programs Offered
Baccalaureate: BS-DH


Portland Community College
Dental Hygiene Program
12000 SW 49th Ave., HT 206
Portland, OR 97219-0000
www.pcc.edu

Programs Offered
Associate: AAS