Lone Star College Dental Assistant Certificate is a great pathway to an exciting career. Dental assistants fulfill a wide variety of roles that include: preparing patients for dental procedures, ensuring the sterility of the dental environment, assisting dentist during procedures by providing tools and materials, working with suppliers to schedule deliveries, helping patients schedule appointments, educating patients on proper oral health, and taking patient x-rays. Prepares for the Registered Dental Exam required by Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
The Lone Star College-Kingwood dental hygiene program is one of the first programs to offer a dual enrollment with Texas Woman's University. The Lone Star College-Kingwood program offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene; as well as, a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene through Texas Woman's University. The courses for the Bachelor of Science degree are taken online consecutively with the Lone Star College-Kingwood dental hygiene courses which allows students to graduate with their AAS and BS degree at the end of the two-year program.
Some courses may transfer to other institutions. Students should contact the transferring institution for details.
Licensure - Graduates of the Lone Star College - Kingwood Dental Hygiene program are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and regional clinical board examinations which are required by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for licensure. Graduates that wish to practice outside of Texas should refer to the State licensing agency for requirements. See link for national State licensing agencies.
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.