What does a dental hygienist do?
A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who provides preventive, therapeutic, restorative and educational interventions to control oral disease and promote optimal oral health.
Will I be eligible to practice as a dental hygienist if I graduate from this program?
The LCC Dental Hygiene Program is fully accredited. Graduation from this program makes you eligible for state licensure throughout the United States, which is required in order to practice dental hygiene. Students begin taking board examinations while enrolled in the 2nd year of the DH curriculum.
Do I need a license or certificate to work as a dental hygienist in Oregon? If so, how will I go about getting it?
Dental Hygiene graduates are required to complete state/regional practical examinations and the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination in order to become licensed dental hygienists. Students begin taking licensure examinations during winter and spring terms of the second year of the program. Students take Western Regional Board Examinations while still enrolled in the DH program. The approximate cost of licensure exams for Oregon total $2,500 for 2018. Applications for state licensure are finalized after the student has completed the program. State licensing requires documentation of an official transcript available after program graduation. State licensing fees are approximately $400.00 and include fingerprinting and a background check.
What organizations or agencies have, or need to, approve or accredit the program so that the graduates can be certified or licensed?
The LCC Dental Hygiene program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements"].
How do I get into the program?
Students are required to submit a completed application by the deadline. Each applicant will receive points for academic coursework completed and performance on the Allied Health TEAS test. Applicants may obtain additional application points for dental office work experience of 960 hours and/or optional Spanish language courses, military service and GPA over 3.0 on courses. Points are used to determine the strength of the application for the dental hygiene program. The current point system is included in the application packet.
Is there a residency requirement for getting accepted into the program?
All applicants to the Oregon site must be Oregon Residents. You will also need to identify your county of residence within Oregon. All students applying to the DH program are treated equally regardless of what county they are from in Oregon.
What are the prerequisites (courses/activities) that must be completed before I can be accepted into the program?
The following courses or their equivalent are required in order to apply to the program:
|Class Name and Number||# credits|
|Total Credits||39 credits|
|BI 112 Cell Biology for Health Occupations||4 credits|
|CH 112 Chemistry for Health Occupations||4 credits|
|WR 121 English Composition: Exposition and Introduction to Argument||4 credits|
|BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1||4 credits|
|BI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2||4 credits|
|FN 225 Nutrition||4 credits|
| Choice of: |
SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 205 Social Stratification and Systems or
SOC 206 Institutions and Social Change
|MTH 052 Math for Introductory Physical Sciences or higher mathematics||4 credits|
| Choice of: |
PSY 201, 202, 203 General Psychology
Students using semester courses for the Anatomy and Physiology series will need to complete the entire 1 year series (2 semester series) to apply to the program.
Additional Courses Required by Fall Entry
The following courses are not required to apply, but must be completed by fall entry. Students receive added points for these courses on their application. Typically, students accepted into the program will have completed all 3 courses prior to the application deadline.
|BI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3||4 credits|
|BI 234 Microbiology||4 credits|
|WR 123 or WR 227||3-4 credits|
Do I have to take BI233 and BI234? BI 233 and BI234 are courses that provide points in the application process. The BI233 is the final course of the three course Anatomy and Physiology series of courses. BI234 is Microbiology and it along with BI233 must be completed by fall term of the year you are accepted into the DH program. Competitive applicants have these courses along with WR123 or WR227 completed for application to the program. A successful admission process is built on points achieved by the applicant’s completed courses at the time the admission packet is submitted.
I won't have all my prerequisites completed by the application deadline. Can I still get into the program?
The Dental Hygiene Program has required prerequisites that need to be completed by the end of winter term of the year of application. Competitive applicants have all general education and science courses completed prior to application. Routinely students that are accepted have all required prerequisites and the three additional courses listed above when accepted in to the program.
How and when can I apply?
The application is found on the Dental Hygiene Program website in January each year. Application deadlines are also provided. Interested applicants should begin reviewing the online application information in Fall and early Winter terms to become acquainted with application requirements. Careful planning will benefit the applicant, assuring that he/she has completed required coursework and application requirements.
What kind of application preparation do I need to do?
- Sign up for an Allied Health (TEAS) test. There are 3 March testing dates.
- Attend the Mandatory Program Application Review Sessions. Plan ahead if you are coming from out of town and want to take the Allied Health Test the same day.No reservations are needed for the review sessions in Building 30.
- If you are a transfer student, check course equivalencies between your college and Lane Community College courses, using Lane’s transfer tool.
- Order official transcripts and make sure they have been sent to Lane Community College by the application deadline if planning to use courses from colleges outside of LCC.
- Download Adobe reader, which will be needed to complete the fillable application online.
How many students does the program accept each year?
The LCC Dental hygiene program takes 20 per year. The lecture portion of the curriculum is presented online using the Moodle presentation system. Clinical education is provided using clinical facilities. Applicants will find the application posted on the Dental Hygiene Admission site. LCC has capacity for 20 first year and 20 second year students.
If more people apply than you will accept, how do you choose who gets in?
Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program is based upon a points system (see the application packet). Every year the total points achieved by applicants varies. Usually successful applicants have earned more than 40 points. Approximately 65 applicants apply annually.
How much does the program cost?
Estimated program costs are $19,000 per year for the 2 year Dental Hygiene curriculum at Lane. (2018/19 costs)
Will employment in a dental office help me be accepted to the program?
Applicants who complete 960 hours of work in a dental office (documented by the employer) are eligible to earn additional application points. The required documentation form is found in the application packet.
What kind of dental office work experience counts for extra points?
Applicants may work as a sterilization assistant, dental assistant, receptionist, or other paid position in a dental office.