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FAQ

Is the LCCC Dental Hygiene program accredited?
Yes, the program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.

What is the length of the Dental Hygiene program?
Once admitted to the program, it is four terms over 16 months. In the first term, students are scheduled for didactic and laboratory classes. In the remaining terms, students are scheduled for didactic, laboratory and clinical courses. Before admittance to the program, however, students must complete 36 credits of prerequisites, which can be completed in approximately three semesters.
 
Do I need to take prerequisite classes before I can apply?
Yes. There are 36 credits of prerequisites courses that you must have taken or be enrolled in when you apply.

Do you offer online, part-time or evening classes for the Dental Hygiene program?
No. Classes are mostly traditional format, day courses. Some of the prerequisite courses are offered as online or evening courses. The program is full-time only.

When are the dental hygiene courses offered?
Dental hygiene courses vary but are generally offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. five days a week, with one evening clinic per week. Learn about student commitment for the program.

Do I need dental assisting or other healthcare experience to be admitted to the program?
No. Although some students find it helpful, previous related experience is not a requirement of the LCCC Dental Hygiene program. The program has been designed to enable students with no prior healthcare experience to become entry level dental hygienists.
 
How many students are accepted each year?
20 students are accepted into the program each year.

How are students chosen for the program each year?
Students are admitted on a competitive basis by the following criteria: completeness of application, prerequisites GPA, and number of prerequisite courses completed at the time of application. Those students with the most points are accepted that year into the program. We do not utilize a waitlist, so students who are not admitted must reapply each year. Learn more about the admission to the program. 
 
When are applications available?
Applications are available by February either online or by stopping by the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

When are applications due?
Applications may be submitted between July 1 and Aug. 15. Applications received after the Aug. 15 deadline will not be considered for admission. We start one class each year in early January.

How old can my prerequisite courses be?
The Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and microbiology courses must have been taken within the past five years. The five-year timeline is based off the program entry date. There is no time limit on the other prerequisite courses.

Can prerequisites be completed at a college other than LCCC?
Yes. General education and science courses that match those in the program will be considered for transfer. Admission counselors can evaluate transcripts from other schools or LCCC adviser can help you decide which courses will be accepted. There is a common course transfer guide available for Colorado schools. If you need further assistance, please contact Stephanie Harris at sharris@lccc.wy.edu  or 307.778.1140.

How do I apply to the college?
Submit a college admission application to LCCC if you have not taken courses here before ($20 fee) or a readmission application if you have not taken courses in the past year. Learn more. It is the student's responsibility to request official high school and all college transcripts be sent to the admissions office. Note: Unofficial student copies of college transcripts must be attached and submitted with the Dental Hygiene application.

Is there a separate application process for the associate of applied science dental hygiene program?
Yes. You must be admitted to LCCC and then complete a Dental Hygiene application.

Can I work during the program?
Due to the demands of the full-time dental hygiene program, student employment should be approached with caution. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom, clinical areas and personal health. It is the desire our faculty that students be successful in this program and that essential learning not be compromised. Students will not be excused from class, clinic or other outside assignments for personal work schedules. Classroom attendance is expected, and accountability for knowledge and assignments is the student's responsibility. Alternative sources of funding may be found by contacting the college's Scholarship & Financial Aid Office.

What is the cost of the Dental Hygiene program?
The cost for the program is based on the regular tuition rate for all four terms of the program plus a dental hygiene fee each of the four terms. Learn more. 

Are there jobs available after graduation? What is the pay?
Yes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of dental hygienists is expected to increase by about 38 percent through 2018 -- faster than average for all occupations. For Wyoming, the increase is expected to be about 36 percent through 2016, approximately 15 jobs per year statewide. Many hygienists work part-time in multiple offices, particularly in rural locations. See starting pay and salary information.
 
Are there other considerations about a career in dental hygiene?
Yes. There are guidelines for the prospective student so that he/she may understand the physical requirements and essential job functions necessary for successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program and the basic demands of the dental hygiene profession. Dental hygienists may be exposed to contagious diseases, therefore, strict compliance with the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained in the our program. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control is practiced. Policies on blood borne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene Program.

Do I need to complete any health information?
Yes. Once you are accepted, you will need to provide documentation of immunizations, TB and hepatitis tests, complete chemical impairment screening and complete a verification form related to personal health insurance. All students admitted to the Dental Hygiene program are expected to be responsible for personal health costs. Students are not covered by worker’s compensation because they are not employees of LCCC or any clinical sites. The college does not offer health insurance. The complete Chemical Impairment Policy is available upon request.

Do I need a criminal background check?
While it is currently not required, it is under consideration. At any time, a clinical site could make this a requirement of students’ attendance at that site, and any student who cannot pass the background check will not be not eligible to attend clinicals and will be dismissed from the program. Therefore, a criminal background check may be required prior to beginning clinic in the Dental Hygiene program. NOTE: Applicants who have been convicted of a crime should request a copy of a letter concerning his/her eligibility status for licensure from the state Board of Dental Examiners for the state in which the student intends to practice. Eligibility for licensure and/or the ability to obtain employment in a healthcare setting varies by state, so it is important to check with the correct agency prior to applying to the dental hygiene program.

Are graduates required to pass national, regional and state exams?
Yes. The National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a state or regional clinical exam are required for licensure in almost all states. Specific requirements for each state should be investigated.
 
Are all dental hygienists female?
Current statistics list 97 percent of dental hygienists as women, but men are entering the field at greater rates. Men are strongly encouraged to apply to our program.