The dental hygiene program starts once a year in Fall semester. Applications are accepted December 26-January 22.

Before applying to the dental hygiene program, be sure you’re an accepted LSC student and have completed all pre-program courses and requirements.

Become an LSC student

  • Apply to LSC

    Before you apply to the dental hygiene program you must apply and become an LSC student.

  • Declare your major

    When you apply to become an LSC student, choose dental hygiene as your major. If you change your major after you apply to LSC, make sure to meet with an advisor.

  • Have you been an LSC student before?

    If you’ve taken classes for credit at LSC in the last 2 years, don’t reapply. If it’s been 2 years or more since you took a class, you need to apply to become an LSC student again.

Complete pre-program courses and requirements

Complete all “pre-program” requirements / courses specified in your program guide.

Review pre‑program requirements in the program guide including:

  • English/reading
  • Math
  • Pre-program courses
  • GPA requirements

Job shadowing
We recommend you complete your job shadowing before you apply to the dental hygiene program. You’ll get to see and experience the dental hygiene profession up close and have a better idea of what to expect from the dental hygiene program when you apply. Start shadowing now!

Job shadowing form


LSC Professional Advisors
We highly recommend you meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor as you begin your program and throughout to address any questions you may have.

Background check
If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study.

The program for dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation may be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Student selection
Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is competitive.  Qualified applicants will be ranked according to their pre-program GPA; the top-ranking students will be offered admission. In the event of a tie, priority will be given to students who completed their pre-program requirements first. The minimum cumulative GPA of pre-program courses must be 3.0 or better.