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Additional Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Important Notice

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

Pre-Admission Requirements

  • Program Pre-Requisites
  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry
  • ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric 1
  • SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology
  • Meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.  All Associate degrees require completion of Math 0309, 0310 or higher. 
  • HSRT (Health Science Reasoning Test) - time limit, 50 minutes
  • 40 hours of Dental Hygiene Observations
    o 40 hours of observing a dental hygienist ONLY, NOT an Dental Assistant, Dentist, Font Desk staff,  or Sterilization Assistant
    o Observation hours CANNOT be completed in the current Dental Office you are employed
    o Observation Hours must occur between the following dates to be considered for this application period May 1, 2015 through February 28, 2017.
    o Observation hours can be completed in multiple dental offices
  • Bacterial Meningitis immunization

Admission Requirements

Students are required to pass a background check. Also, regulations require that students complete the Hepatitis B immunization series prior to the first day of class. This immunization series takes 6 months to complete.

  • How to Apply
  • The application period will begin the 3rd Wednesday in January and will end the 1st Wednesday in March by 4pm   Apply
  • Students admitted to the Health Occupations program may be required to show proof of medical health insurance coverage.

The Lone Star College-Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive acceptance program with acceptance based on multiple factors including, but, not limited to grades, course completions, pre-entrance exam scores and interviews. Admission to the Lone Star College does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program.

The Applicant Must:

  1. Apply to Lone Star College (LSC).  If you need assistance, in the application process, please visit Student Services on a LSCS campus (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Kingwood; LSC-Montgomery; LSC-North Harris; LSC-Tomball).

  2. Submit all official transcripts from all colleges or universities outside of LSCS to the LSCS admissions office.  Official transcripts must be submitted to and evaluated by LSCS prior to applying to the dental hygiene program in order for the applicant to complete the application.  Applicants that apply without submitting official transcripts will not be allowed to complete the application process. Mail transcript to 20000 Kingwood Drive Kingwood, TX 77339  Attention: Office of Admissions

  3. Meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.  All Associate degrees require completion of Math 0309, 0310 or higher. 

  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses (Pre-requisite courses must be completed by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the year you are applying to attend the dental hygiene program.  Ex. Dec. 31, 2014 if applying to attend fall 2015):
    a.  CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry
    b. SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 
    c. ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric
    d. BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1 (If  you have taken the required biology courses for the dental hygiene program, but took them more than 5 years prior to your admission into dental hygiene, please read our Biology Refresher Course Information.

  5. Maintain a minimum overall 2.0 GPA.

  6. 40 hours of Dental Hygiene Observations- See attached form:
    o 40 hours of observing a dental hygienist ONLY, NOT any Dental Assistant, Dentist, Font Desk staff,  or Sterilization Assistant
    o Observation hours CANNOT be completed in the current Dental Office you are employed
    o Observation hours must be completed prior to submitting your application.  Please make note any observation hours obtained will be valid for 3 years.
    o Observation hours can be completed in multiple dental offices. If more than 3 offices are observed, please fill out an additional form.

  7. Complete the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) - time limit, 50 minutes.  The cost of this test is $15.00 and is the responsibility of the applicant.  All applicants must take the HSRT.  The test may only be taken one (1) time each admission period. The deadline for the completion of the HSRT is 4 days prior to the END of the application period. Go to http://www.insightassessment.com/9SampleTest1.html for sample test questions. HSRT exam may be taken only once per application period.

  8. Complete the Lone Star College-Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program online application . (Do not write in the HSRT scores with pen or pencil on the score sheet. The score is imputed by a LSCK administrator.)

  9. Submit a copy of the following to Monique King at the LSC-Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program Office, Health & Science Building, Suite, 118.
    1. Completed on-line application
    2. Score sheet from the on-line application. Do not turn in your score sheet and application without your HSRT scores listed. Allow 24-48 business hours for scores to be updated after taking the HSRT.
    3. The Signed Observation Hour Verification Form (s)

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Background Check
  • CPR Certification
  • Current CPR for health care providers: needs to be American Heart Association, BSL with AED certification.
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance
  • Documentation of Current Immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Hepatitis B, Negative TB Test, Varicella
  • PLEASE NOTE: CDC guidelines recommend that students who are receiving their first Hepatitis B series follow the schedule of immunizations at zero, one and six months, with a titer four to six weeks following the third immunization.  This takes seven (7) months.

Students wishing to transfer from another dental hygiene program

An individual's request to transfer into the Lone Star Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program will be reviewed on an individual basis by the program director, and only after meeting Lone Star College entrance requirements. Transfer students must meet all admission requirements of the Dental Hygiene Program.  Any student requesting a transfer into the Lone Star College Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program must have earned at least a "C" in all transfer courses. It is recommended to allow a minimum of three months for processing.  Class placement is based on previous achievement and space availability. Admission is considered only if prior program enrollment has been within one (1) year and the candidate is in good standing in a program or in previous program. All of the following steps must be completed for consideration.

  1. Completion of official transfer application.
  2. Written statement from the student describing his/her reasons for originally leaving the program.
  3. Submit current official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the student has attended.
  4. Submit three letters of his/her standing from the prior dental hygiene program.  One letter should be a "report of status" from the former program director.

Students who were required to exit their original program for academic reasons must repeat all academically deficient courses and may be required to audit other program courses offered in the same semester. Students who were asked to leave their original program for violation(s) of the college or program's code of conduct, ethical standards, academic dishonesty, civil rights or harassment policies may be ineligible for transfer.
The following transfer student policies will also apply:

  1. A prospective transfer student who was not actively enrolled in a dental hygiene program for one year may be required to retake some or all previous dental hygiene courses.  Any prospective transfer student may also be asked to apply as a new student to the program.
  2. Prospective transfer students may be required to take Course Review Tests and/or Clinical Proficiency Exams in any or all previously completed courses.  The prospective transfer student must pass all Course Review Tests/Clinical Proficiency Exams, on the first and only attempt with a score of 75 or better.  Any grade below 75 is failing and the student will be ineligible for transfer.
  3. Transferability of previously completed coursework is at the discretion of the Lone Star College Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program and division counselor.
  4. Any student approved for transfer into the Lone Star College Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program will be required to fulfill all graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of transfer.

Legal Information

Lone Star College Policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student.  For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052.

In addition, LSCS will notify students prior to, but not as a condition or requirement of admission, that  health care facilities will require students to have a Social Security number or a Visa as a condition of being assigned to a clinical facility. Students who are unable to complete the LSCS health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement.

Additionally, LSCS will notify students that a Social Security number or a Visa may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements.