Recent projections of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics portend an overall occupational growth rate of 36 percent through 2018 for dental hygiene disciplines. An abundance of high-quality, accredited dental hygienist training programs are available to Palmetto State residents wanting comprehensive career preparation.
Major dental hygienist schools in South Carolina
- Florence Darlington Technical College
Lying alongside U.S. Highway 52, this school’s main campus is centrally located between the cities of Florence and Darlington. Its Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program curriculum provides a general education in addition to specialized instruction in Mathematics, Anatomy, Dental Sciences, and extensive clinical experience.
Call 843-661-8108 or visit fdtc.edu.
- Greenville Technical College (“GTC”)
GTC’s Health Sciences Department offers an Associate’s of Health Sciences Degree in Dental Hygiene. The institution’s “one-plus-one” dental hygienist program facilitates easy transfer of academic credits earned at other accredited institutions. Its nearby 33-Seal Community Dental Clinic affiliate imparts essential clinical experience.
Call 864-250-8588 or visit greenvilletech.com.
- Trident Technical College (“TTC”)
TTC currently has campuses in five major South Carolina locales: Summerville, Moncks Corner, Hollywood, North Charleston, and Charleston. The school offers expanded Duty Dental Assistant studies as an adjunct to an Associate’s of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Call 843-574-6439 or visit tridenttech.edu.
Dental hygienist salary levels
Official BLS data disclosed a gross annual median salary for US dental hygienists to be $66,750 as of May 2008. Salary.com is an award-winning private human resources and compensation management service provider. Salary.com is a wholly-owned subsidiary of world-renowned recruitment management conglomerate Kenexa, Inc. The firm has engaged in the compilation and dissemination of compensation statistics within a broad industry base since 1999.
Following is a list of median annual dental hygienist salary figures within several major South Carolina cities as of December 2011:
Rock Hill $61,877
See http://www1.salary.com/SC/Dental-Hygienist-salary.html#JD for additional details.
Prospective students who are serious about maximizing career opportunities may obtain valuable professional networking opportunities by joining the South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association. See scdha.org for more information.