Tampa has a general population of 303,447 and an overall student population of 94,640. Approximately 26,964 of Tampa's students are enrolled in schools that offer dental hygienist programs.
The largest dental hygienist school in Tampa, by student population, is Hillsborough Community College. In 2010, Hillsborough Community College graduated approximately 9 students from its dental hygiene program.
In 2010, 9 students graduated with a dental hygiene degree in Tampa. If you decide to attend one of Tampa's dental hygienist schools, you can expect to pay an average of $17,234 per year in instate tuition and $24,164 per year in out of state tuition.
You should also anticipate spending about $1,950 for dental hygiene related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $5,391 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $10,046.
After graduating with your credentials in dental hygiene, if you decide to work as a dental hygienist in Tampa, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 6 dental hygienists in Florida were working in the greater Tampa area. The government projects that the number of dental hygienists in Tampa will increase by 31% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for dental hygienists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a dental hygienist in Tampa is $62,400 per year, which is higher than the average for dental hygienists state-wide.