Dental Hygiene AAS

The Dental Hygiene AAS degree (AAS_DNHY) is offered at LSC-Kingwood and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Dental Hygiene Department.

Program Description

The Lone Star College System (LSCS) offers an associate of applied science in dental hygiene at LSC-Kingwood. This program is designed for those interested in becoming a registered dental hygienist. The dental hygiene curriculum offered at LSC-Kingwood is a structured intense program with didactic and clinical practice taking place in the health science building on the LSC-Kingwood campus. External rotations are integrated into the curriculum for experiences outside of the school setting. Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of settings including private dental offices, dental clinics or public dental health care clinics. The AAS in dental hygiene program includes general education courses as a foundation for dental hygiene courses.  prerequisite courses are designed to allow the student an opportunity to experience the type of coursework that will be involved in the study of dental hygiene.

The dental hygiene program is a competitive entrance admissions program. View the Dental Hygiene Requirements page for information about admission requirements, selection criteria and application process for the program.

Students are required to successfully 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.

Program Plan

Prerequisite Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry 4
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3

TOTAL Prerequisite Semester Credits:


First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
DHYG 1301 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology & Embryology 3
DHYG 1431 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 4
DHYG 1203 Preventive Dental Hygiene I 2
DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology 4
BIOL 2305 Pathophysiology 3
DHYG 1260 Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist I 2
DHYG 1211 Periodontology 2
DHYG 1207 General and Dental Nutrition 2
DHYG 2201 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care I 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DHYG 1219 Dental Materials 2
DHYG 1160 Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist II 1

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
DHYG 1235 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
DHYG 2231 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care II 2
DHYG 2362 Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist III 3
DHYG 1239 General and Oral Pathology 2

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
DHYG 1215 Community Dentistry 2
DHYG 2153 Dental Hygiene Practice 1
DHYG1 2363 Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist IV 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Dental Hygiene AAS Degree:


  1. Capstone course