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How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?
The Dental Hygiene Program is 2 years in length which includes two summer sessions. In addition to the 2 years of dental hygiene specific course work, there are at least 2 semesters of required prerequisite course work.
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If I finish the Dental Hygiene Program will I receive a degree?
Yes. Students that successfully complete the Dental Hygiene Program of study are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.
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How many times a year does LIT admit a new dental hygiene class?
Our program, like most in Texas, admits one class per year each July.
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When do you accept applications for admission to the Dental Hygiene program?
Applications are accepted from September 1 – December 20.
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Where do I send my completed application?
Send your complete application packet addressed to:
Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee
Lamar Institute of Technology
PO Box 10061
Beaumont, TX   77710
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How many students will be admitted to the program each year?
Our enrollment is limited by the capacity of our clinic, therefore, we admit 32 students per class.
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Do I have to have prior work experience in a dental office to be considered for admission?
No. However, it is helpful to do some research about the dental hygiene profession to see if the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist match your personal goals.
Applicants to the Dental Hygiene program are encouraged to observe some selected dental/ dental hygiene procedures as part of the admissions process for the purpose of introducing the dental team. This observation will help you determine if dental hygiene is the right profession for you. Applicants will receive half a point for completing 20 hours of observation.
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Is there an entrance examination required to get into the Dental Hygiene program?
No specific aptitude tests are required to be completed to apply to the Dental Hygiene program. You do need to meet the admission requirements of Lamar Institute of Technology and meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements to be considered for admission to the Program.
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Do I have to take the ACT or SAT examinations to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program?
No specific aptitude tests are required to be completed to apply to the Dental Hygiene program. You do need to meet the admission requirements of Lamar Institute of Technology and meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements to be considered for admission to the Program.
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How are the students selected for admission to the Dental Hygiene program?
We consider those applications that are submitted by the application deadline and identified as complete. The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee uses a point value to select students. Points are  awarded for the grades earned in the following courses:

  • BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I with BIOL 2101 Lab
  • BIOL 2302 Anatomy & Physiology II with BIOL 2102 Lab
  • ENGL 1301 Composition I
  • MATH 1332 Contemporary Math I
  • SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
  • HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation
  • CHEM 1306 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences with CHEM 1106 Lab
  • BIOL 2420 Introduction to Microbiology

Grade Point Average.  College GPA is added to the applicant’s A minimum GPA of 2.3 is required for admission to the program.

Dental ssisting Experience.  One point will be awarded for 1 year or more of dental assisting experience within 5 years prior to application to the dental hygiene program.

Dental Hygiene Observation.  The applicant will earn .5 points for 20 hours of dental hygiene observation within 2 years prior to application.  Verification in writing from the supervising dental hygienist is required.  Verification should include the name and telephone number of the dental hygienist.
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Do I need letters of recommendation to be considered for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program?
Letters of recommendation are not required as a part of the admissions process.
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I am a foreign trained dentist. What do I need to do to be accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?
In order to be considered for the Dental Hygiene program you must be admitted to Lamar Institute of Technology and your coursework evaluated for transfer credit. For information about admission to Lamar Institute of Technology, go back to the LIT home page and click on the Future Students link, then look for the International Students site.
Foreign trained dentists are selected on the same criteria as any other applicant.
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When will I know if I have been accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?
The review of the applications and selection process for the dental hygiene class takes about 4-6 weeks. Our goal is to inform you of your status in writing around the beginning of April. Admissions results will be mailed to all applicants. Admission status will not be communicated by phone.
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If I am not accepted into the Program this year, will I be placed on a waiting list?
No. Each application cycle is a new selection process. You will need to submit a new application form and compete against those that apply for that admissions cycle.
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May I challenge dental hygiene courses for credit?
No.
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What is the typical weekly schedule?
Dental Hygiene students should plan on class or clinic commitments 4 to 5 days a week. The daily schedule is generally from 8am till 5pm. Students may also be assigned to an evening clinic session.
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How hard is it to work and attend the Dental Hygiene program at the same time?
The Dental Hygiene program requires a significant commitment in time. Aside from the time the classes and clinic sessions require, a good bit of time is needed to study. Many students do end up working part-time while attending school, however if at all possible we advise you to try and not work. Contact the College’s financial aid office for advice in this area.
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What do you do if I repeated a prerequisite course?
When we calculate your points for that course, we will average the two grades.
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What types of financial aid are available to me?
The financial counselors here at LIT are more than happy to help you investigate funds available for your education. For information about financial aid, go back to the LIT home page and click on the Future Students link.
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How much will it cost to complete the Dental Hygiene program?
The two year program will cost an in-district student about $15,000. That cost figure considers your tuition, lab and clinic related fees, uniforms, books, dental instruments, and fees to take the registration and licensing examinations.
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May I transfer a course into the program?
Courses will more than likely transfer into the program as long as you successfully completed the course receiving a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited college or university. The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee will review your transcripts for transfer courses.
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I am currently attending another dental hygiene program. May I transfer to the LIT program?
Program transfers are managed on an individual basis. Contact the Program Director at 409-880-8855.  .
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