Bethlehem has a total population of 71,329 and a student population of 20,642. Of these students, 11,196 are enrolled in schools that offer dental hygienist programs.
Northampton County Area Community College is the largest dental hygienist school in Bethlehem, based on student population. Approximately 34 students graduated in 2010 from Northampton County Area Community College with credentials in dental hygiene.
In 2010, 34 students graduated with a dental hygiene degree in Bethlehem. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $18,464 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Bethlehem dental hygiene schools was an average of $21,824 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,300 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a dental hygienist program in Bethlehem. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,862 per year, on average, for room and board at Bethlehem-based dental hygienist schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $11,602.
If you decide to work as a dental hygienist in Bethlehem, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 7,350 dental hygienists in Pennsylvania. Of these dental hygienists, 650 were working in the greater Bethlehem area. By the year 2018, the number of dental hygienists is expected to increase by 16% in Bethlehem. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for dental hygienists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a dental hygienist in Bethlehem is $65,500 per year, which is higher than the average for dental hygienists state-wide.