Helping people protect their smiles and health are two main goals of a dental hygienist.
At Lone Star College-Kingwood, students in the Dental Hygiene program are educated to become a dental hygienist through the classroom and clinical work in the state-of-the-art Dental Clinic on campus.
“Students in the program are prepared to go into a dental office and work as a dental hygienist,” said Joanna Allaire, dental hygiene program director. “The students will learn everything from the relationship that the mouth has to the rest of the body, to how to teach a patient to take care of his or her own mouth, to placing preventive sealants and cleaning teeth.”
Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to attend Dental Hygiene information sessions this fall on Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Health Science Building (HSB) room 107. The purpose is to provide information on the program, admissions requirements, and it will give potential students a chance to ask questions.
Dental hygiene students receive instruction in hand and ultrasonic instrumentation, fluorides, non-surgical periodontal therapy, oral hygiene instructional education, traditional and digital radiography, current uses of dental materials, and dental software technology within the dental setting.
Through a partnership with Texas Woman’s University, students can earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene and a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene without leaving LSC-Kingwood.
“The dual enrollment program is innovative and may prove to be a paradigm shift in dental hygiene education,” Allaire said. “The opportunity for students to obtain their bachelor’s degree will open doors for our graduates to work in alternative settings beyond traditional clinical practice.”
Once courses are completed, students are prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, and a clinical board exam, which are required for licensure. Graduating from the program and completing these exams with a passing grade are required in order to be eligible for licensure and become a Registered Dental Hygienist. Since the program began in 2004, every graduate has passed all required board exams.
For additional details on the information session or on the Dental Hygiene program, call 281-312-1708 or visit http://lonestar.edu/dental-hygiene-dept-kingwood.htm.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional and online formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.