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Additional Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Important Notice

Effective Fall 2016 for all Health Occupations programs, math placement scores on TSIA, SAT, ACT, STAAR, and TAKS tests will be valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of testing.

VI.A.2.1. Health Occupation Programs Admissions Policy

Health Occupation programs do not consider applications from Prospective Students not at least 18 years old at the time of the program application's deadline—except that LSC-Tomball may honor a current contractual obligation with Klein ISD requiring the admission of students below the age of 18 years old. Any applicant that willfully misrepresents Material Information on the application will not be accepted or conditionally remain in a Health Occupation Program.

Pre-Admission Requirements

  • Mandatory Information Session
  • Meet the Math Requirement - See information below.
  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
  • ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric 1
  • SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology
  • Meet the Math Requirement- See information below.
  • HSRT (Health Science Reasoning Test) - time limit, 50 minutes
  • 20 hours of Dental Hygiene Observations. Observation hours have been waived for the 2022 application period.
    • 20 hours of observing a dental hygienist ONLY, NOT an Dental Assistant, Dentist, Front Desk staff,  or Sterilization Assistant
    • Observation hours CANNOT be completed in the current Dental Office you are employed
    • Observation Hours are valid for 3 years.
    • Observation hours can be completed in multiple dental offices
    • For each day that you observe, needs to be on a separate line with the hours that you observed for that day

Admission Requirements

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

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.

This program has moved to an off-campus location as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Department of Homeland Security requirements do not allow F-1 students to take courses at this location at this time.

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. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, you must obtain a ‘C’ or higher in all courses within the degree plan. (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 or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
    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.
    If you take a course more than twice, .5 points will be taken off your score sheet for each additional time that you take the course.

  4. All applicants must satisfy the program math requirement by one of the following:
    1. Complete MATH 0309/0310 with a grade of C or higher
    2. Complete a college level math class with a grade of C or higher
    3. Complete the TSIA Math exam and earn a score a 350 or higher (score is valid for 5 years)
    4. Complete the TSIA2 Math exam and earn a score of 950 or higher or a TSIA2 Math Diagnostic score of 6 (score is valid for 5 years)
    5. Submit SAT, ACT or STAAR scores that indicate college level in math (score is valid for 5 years)

  5. Maintain a minimum overall 2.0 GPA.

  6. All students must attend an information session in person or online.  Afterward, print and complete the required Information Session Confirmation document.  Then scan and upload to your online application.  The form must include the Information Session Access Code.

  7. 20 hours of Dental Hygiene Observations- See attached form:Observation hours have been waived for the 2022 application period.
    o 20 hours of observing a dental hygienist ONLY, NOT any Dental Assistant, Dentist, Front 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. 
    For each day that you observe, needs to be on a separate line with the hours that you observed for that day.

  8. 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 5 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.

  9. 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.)

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Background Check
  • CPR Certification
  • Current CPR for health care providers: needs to be American Heart Association, BLS for healthcare providers with AED certification


Students are responsible for providing proof of current immunizations including MMR, Tetanus, and negative TB skin test. Entering students must have had the complete series of Hepatitis B Immunizations prior to the first day of class or show proof of immunity.

If unable to meet the Hepatitis B requirements for medical reasons, please follow the process below.

  • 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.
  • Bacterial Meningitis Immunizations


Students must request and sign the Health Occupations Immunization Waiver and provide the required information. Students must accept and assume the risk of being denied acceptance by a clinical partner for not meeting the clinical partner’s immunization requirements. Additionally, students must accept and assume the risk that if they are unable to complete required clinical rotations for any reason, they may be unable to continue in the Dental Hygiene program.

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.

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:

Students wishing to transfer to another college or university

In the event that a student wishes to transfer to another college or university, some dental hygiene courses may transfer to other institutions. Students should contact the transferring institution for details.

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.

  1. Provide documentation from healthcare provider to the Program Director explaining that applicant is not an acceptable candidate for Hepatitis B vaccinations or titer.
  2. Upload documentation into application for admission to the program.
    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.
    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.

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