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Dental Hygienist Schools in Wyoming

Last updated on July 11th, 2022 at 03:20 am

Wyoming Dental Hygiene Programs

Ready and excited to move to the beautiful state of Wyoming to begin your career as a dental hygienist? Below you can view a full list of colleges in the state which are offering accredited dental hygiene courses.

Laramie County Community College1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Sheridan CollegeP.O. Box 1500/3059 Coffeen Ave. Sheridan, WY 82801www.sheridan.eduAAS

License Requirements

Have you decided that you would like to make Wyoming your home? Here is what you need to do to get your dental hygiene license to practice in Wyoming:

  • Submit the application along with the fee of $150, payable via money order or cashier’s check.
  • You need to prove your identity and residency in the United States.
  • You need to pass a CPR certification course from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or any other course which has been approved by the Board. Provide the Board with a copy of your current certification cards.
  • Take and pass an accredited dental hygiene program and have the university send your official transcripts straight to the Board.
  • Take and pass the National Board Examination, and again have the scores sent directly to the Board.
  • You must pass a regional board examination as well. These scores must also be sent to the Board without passing through your hands.
  • List three personal references along with three professional references. Two of the professional references may be either dentists or dental hygienists—but at least one of them has to be a dentist. The personal references can be anyone you have known for within the past decade who is not a spouse or relative.
  • You must pass the Wyoming Jurisprudence Examination.
  • In the case that you have decided to apply for expanded functions, you will need to verify your relevant education.

Dental Hygienist Salary in Wyoming

Before you pack up your bags and move to Wyoming to enroll in a dental hygiene school however, you probably are wondering what kind of living you can make and whether the demand is sufficient. In such an unpopulated state, will you find the opportunities you need to soar to the top of your field?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiled data on dental hygiene employment throughout the United States in 2018. They found that in Wyoming, the annual mean wage is $69,620, whereas nationwide it was $73,440. They also found that Wyoming employed 440 dental hygienists at that time.

While not many dental hygienists work in Wyoming, remember that this is to be expected in a state with such a low population to begin with. As the field of dental hygiene is growing by leaps and bounds at a rate of 20%, there should be new job openings over the years ahead.

You may be concerned about the annual mean wage being less than the nationwide average. This however reflects the fact that Wyoming’s overall cost of living is lower than the national average as well.

Salaries are not uniform throughout Wyoming. The same is true for the cost of living Both vary a lot across the state. For example, If you live in the southeastern part of the state the annual mean wage is only $60,300—but that is also a less expensive area. The western part of the state is far more expensive to live in, but wages are also more competitive; along most of the western border, you can earn a mean annual wage of $80,030.

Considering there are other tourism-based areas in the country which likewise are pricey to live in but do not pay dental hygienists this well, that actually makes Wyoming an excellent choice.

Area Name
Hourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area130$32.72$68,060
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area120$32.65$67,910

Living in Wyoming

If your dream is to live in a beautiful state which boasts some of the most dramatic mountains anywhere in the US, consider working as a dental hygienist in the state of Wyoming. Wyoming is the tenth largest state in the country and the number one least populated. It is a land of solitude, tranquility, and majesty.

The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne. However, Jackson and Cody, smaller tourist towns, are better know throughout the US. Jackson is situated right near the Grand Tetons and features some incredible ski slopes. Just to the north is Yellowstone National Park, famous around the world for its wildlife, geysers, and mountain scenery. In short, Wyoming is paradise on earth for any outdoor adventurer looking to make some of the country’s most astonishing natural splendor into his or her backyard.

About Ansar Ullah

My dream was always to become a medical doctor. However, I could not afford to study medicine so I became a writer.
Here I write about dentistry and careers in the wider field of dentistry. I love to research about educational topics and what it takes to be come a dental hygienist or a dental assistant. I also love to learn more about other specializations in the field of oral science.