Helping people protect their smiles and health are two of the main goals of a dental hygienist.
At Lone Star College-Kingwood, students in the Dental Hygiene program are trained to become a dental hygienist through the classroom and clinical work at the campus’ state-of-the-art Dental Clinic.
“Students in the program are prepared to go into a dental office and work as a dental hygienist,” said Maribeth Stitt, dental hygiene program director at LSC-Kingwood. “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. 17, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building room 107. The purpose of the session is to provide information on the program, admissions requirements and it will give potential students a chance to ask questions.
Prior to applying for the dental programs, students are first required to complete a variety of courses such as chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, English and sociology. These courses must be completed by the end of fall 2013 if students want to apply and be accepted for the Dental Hygiene program in spring 2014.
In the program, students receive instruction in infection and hazard control, 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.
“This program will not only provide students the necessary skills to become a registered dental hygienist, it will also prepare them to take and pass multiple board exams,” Stitt said. “The program has an incredible full and part time faculty who give above and beyond the amount of time and effort to help the students be successful.”
Once courses are completed, students are prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Regional Clinical Board live patient clinical exam. 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, Internet, video, TV and independent study 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 System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.