Fort Dodge has a general population of 25,136 and an overall student population of 6,033. Approximately 5,905 of Fort Dodge's students are enrolled in schools that offer dental hygienist programs.
Iowa Central Community College is the largest dental hygienist school in Fort Dodge, based on student population. In 2010, Iowa Central Community College graduated approximately 12 students from its dental hygiene program.
A reported 12 students graduated with credentials in dental hygiene in Fort Dodge in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $12,665 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Fort Dodge dental hygiene schools was an average of $14,405 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $900 for dental hygiene related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Fort Dodge-based dental hygienist schools, you will have an added expense of $4,975 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $7,290.
After graduating with your credentials in dental hygiene, if you decide to work as a dental hygienist in Fort Dodge, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 26 dental hygienists in Iowa were working in the greater Fort Dodge area. The government projects that the number of dental hygienists in Fort Dodge will increase by 31% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for dental hygienists.
As a dental hygienist in Fort Dodge, you can expect to make an average salary of $66,590 per year. This is higher than the average salary for dental hygienists in the state.