Step 1 Before Applying – Dental Hygiene 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.Become a 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. View program guides 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 30%Next 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. Accreditation 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 Students who become LSC students and complete all Dental Hygiene pre-program requirements (including required GPA) will be admitted to the Dental Hygiene program as long as there are available seats in the program. In the event there are more students than seats available, priority will be given to students who completed their pre-program requirements first. Students are ranked by when pre-program requirements are completed and when they completed their application to LSC / declared Dental Hygiene as their program. In the event there are multiple students who completed pre-program requirements in the same term AND completed their LSC application on the same date, GPA in pre-program courses will be used as a tie-breaker.