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 1, 2016.
    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. 

Program Application Available: January 22, 2016 through March 2, 2016 
(All applications are due by 4:00 pm, March 2, 2016)   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 occur between the following dates May 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016 to be considered for the 2016 application period.
    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 3 days prior to the application period. Go to http://www.insightassessment.com/9SampleTest1.html for sample test questions.

  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. Complete the Dental Observation Hours Verification Form, sign it and upload to the online application. You may have multiple forms. The Application IS NOT Complete without these Observation Hours.
    * 40 hours of observing a dental hygienist ONLY, NOT a Dental Assistant, Dentist, Font Desk staff,  or Sterilization Assistant
    * Observation hours CANNOT be completed in the current Dental Office you are employed
    * Observation Hours must occur between the following dates May 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016.to be considered for this application period
    * Observation hours can be completed in multiple dental offices. If more than 3 offices are observed, please fill out an additional form.

  10. Submit a copy of the following to Deborah Vayon at the LSC-Kingwood Dental Hygiene Program Office, Health & Science Building, Suite, 118 E. 
    a. Completed on-line application
    b. 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.
    c. 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 

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.