The Dental Hygiene Program is 2 years in length, a summer session is included and all traditional college holidays are observed.
Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program students are granted an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Students are in class full time on a daytime schedule, five days a week. Each semester is slightly different, but no classes after 5:00 pm. Class and clinic preparation begin at 8:00 am.
Including tuition, books, instruments and clinic supplies, immunizations, uniforms and board exam fees, the cost is approximately $11,000.00. Students are required to purchase scrubs to wear in any lab or clinic setting.
Applications are available on this website beginning January 23 of each year. Go to Dental Hygiene Requirements.
The pre-entrance exam for dental hygiene applicants is the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT). The test is available in the testing center on the LSC-Kingwood Campus during the application process. Go to Dental Hygiene Pre-Entrance HSRT.
The top 24 applicants will receive letters inviting them to interview.
Lone Star College-Kingwood will not keep a waiting list. However, there will be an Alternate List for applicants who will be offered a place in the class if an accepted student does not enter the program.
Once accepted, students will need:
You must graduate from an Accredited School of Dental Hygiene, You must pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and you must pass the Western Region Examining Board Clinical Examination. Once you have satisfied these requirements, you may make application to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for licensure.
The National Board Dental Hygiene Exam is given in the Spring semester of your final year in the Dental Hygiene Program. The Western Region Examining Board Clinical Exam is given upon completion of your final year of the dental hygiene curriculum.
The ACT or SAT examinations are not specifically required by the program or the college. You will need to meet the Student Success Initiatives (SSI) requirements for admission to the college. College Advisors will be happy to help you with this.
Our program, like many of the others in the state, accepts and admits one class per year in the Fall semester.
No, but it is helpful to do some research about the dental hygiene profession to see if the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist are in line with your personal goals. If you have no dental office experience it is advisable to speak to your own dentist/dental hygienist about observing in the office.
No, all prerequisite coursework must be complete in order to apply to the program.
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1, BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology 2 and BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology MUST be no more than 5 years old when applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. Go to Biology Refresher Information.
If I fail a course and retake it, which grade do you consider in the application process?
The higher of the two.
Go to: Additional Dental Hygiene Requirements for admissions information.
The first part of the admissions process is based solely on grades:
Entrance into the Dental Hygiene is very competitive. It is not unusual for applicants to have a 3.4-3.6 in the pre-requisite courses and more A’s than B’s in the general education courses. The average HSRT for the entering class of 2011 was a 25.