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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists work together with dentist to provide preventative dental care - preventing tooth decay and gum disease. This is one of the fastest growing professions and one of the Top Ten Hottest Careers in California and in the nation.

Jobs are growing faster than average. Thus, job opportunities are excellent and continue to increase as more people are educated regarding the importance of regular dental care and as the aging population demands more dental care.

In fact, it is probably harder to get accepted into a program than to get a job!

Here's what you need to know:

1) Licensing Requirements in California

2) Duties and Responsibilities

3) Show me the money!

4) Dental Hygienist Schools

1) Licensing Requirements in California

Dental Hygienists must be licensed in California. The Committee of Dental Auxiliaries (COMDA) is in charge of examining and licensing Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs).

Applicants for licensing must:

The license must be renewed every 2 years whereby 25 hours of continuing education is required.


2) Duties and Responsibilities

Duties may include:


3) Show me the money!

The average hourly salary of a dental hygienist in Fresno and California ranges from $20 to $56, depending on location and size of the dental practice as well as the experience level of the RDH.

4) Dental Hygienist Schools

Competition for a spot in a dental hygiene program is very tough since there is a limited number of schools are accredited.

The only accredited dental hygiene school in Fresno is Fresno City College.

San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia also offers an accredited program.

Here are the other accredited schools in California: