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Dental Hygiene Program


The professional track program is two years in length with a limited number of openings available each year. Prior to acceptance into the professional track, required prerequisite college courses must be completed. The program begins each fall semester with a cohort of students and upon successful completion of the 79 credit hour program, an Associate of Applied Science Dental Hygiene degree is granted from the college. The curriculum is taught using small group instruction with experienced and dedicated faculty providing hands-on training with state of the art equipment, including dental hygiene clinical experience in our on-campus patient care clinic.

Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

The Dental Hygiene program 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 can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Originally accredited on: December 11, 1970; Last site visit: July 27-28, 2017. An  accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements means: an accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

National and Regional Board Examinations
Graduates from this program are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board (NDHBE) examination and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) examination.  These exams are required by states for licensing to practice as a dental hygienist.  Additionally, students may sit for two optional regional exams on local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.


Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum Information

To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.

Associate Degree


Dental Hygienist, AAS


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Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

DENT 140 Oral Histology & Embryology
DENT 142 PreClinical Dental Hygiene
DENT 144 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice
DENT 146 Head/Neck & Oral Anatomy
DENT 148 Dental Radiography
DENT 152 Dental Hygiene I
DENT 154 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
DENT 156 Nutrition
DENT 158 Dental Pharmacology
DENT 161 Principles of Periodontics
DENT 174 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
DENT 176 Dental Materials & Methods
DENT 240 Anxiety & Pain Control Management
DENT 242 Dental Hygiene III
DENT 244 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
DENT 247 Oral Pathology
DENT 248 Dental Public Health & Education
DENT 252 Dental Hygiene IV
DENT 254 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
DENT 256 Community Oral Health
DENT 270 Dental Hygiene Board Review (optional)

Career Facts

Dental Hygiene Program Career Facts

Nature of Work

In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. Since each state has its own specific regulations regarding their responsibilities, the range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state. Some of the services provided by dental hygienists may include:

  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • removing calculus, plaque and stains (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of teeth
  • applying preventative materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • applying antimicrobial therapies to assist in prevention of oral disease progression
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health
  • teaching patients about the relationship between oral health and systemic diseases
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patient’s teeth for study casts
  • performing oral cancer screenings and counsel patients about smoking cessation options
  • performing anxiety and pain management techniques through the use of nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthetic procedures

Employment Prospects

Dental hygienists are projected to be one of the 30 fastest growing occupations. Populations growth and greater retention of natural teeth will stimulate demand for dental hygienists. Additionally, ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to spur the demand for preventative services by hygienists. Opportunities for part-time work and flexible schedules are common. The majority of hygienists work in private practice dental offices. However, opportunities exist in sales, education and public health clinics, correctional institutions and managed care organizations.

Skills You Need

Dental hygienists should work well with others and must have good manual dexterity to work in patients' mouths. High school students interested in becoming a dental hygienist should take courses in biology chemistry, and mathematics.

Expected Earnings

National median annual wages of dental hygienists were $74,070 in 2017. Dental hygienists earn salaries that compare to other health care professionals. However, earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience. Dental hygienists may be paid on an hourly, daily, salary, or commission basis.

Visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Dental Hygienists page for additional & recent information.

Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon full-time employment. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Dental Hygienist Association, about half of all hygienists reported receiving some form of employment benefits. Of those receiving benefits, paid vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans were the most common.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Health and Human Services Building
515 N Washington Sq.
Room 107
(517) 483-1458

***Attn: Dental Offices-Please use the following
email address for patient radiographs and referrals:

***Attn: Patients-The above email address is not to be used when inquiring about the dental clinic or for scheduling appointments.  Please call (517) 483-1458 with any clinical or scheduling questions.

Through the expertise of dedicated student dental hygienists, licensed dental hygiene faculty and clinic dentists, the Lansing Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic serves hundreds of people each year.

Services offered include:

  • Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care
  • Dental Health Instruction
  • Fluoride and Sealant Application
  • X-rays
  • Oral Health Screenings

Fees for Dental Hygiene Care

Students (must have current student ID) and children (17 and younger):


Seniors (60 years and older):


Adults (18-59 years):


Scaling and Root Planing:


Perio Maintenance:



*Please note: The charge for all radiographs necessary to provide treatment is included in the charge listed above for a complete dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).  This separate charge will apply only if your dentist has referred you to our clinic for radiographs only.


Individual Films


Bite-wing Series


Full Mouth





1-4 teeth = $5.00 and 5+ teeth = $10.00

Athletic Mouth Guard


Duplicate of Radiographs

Digital $10.00
Traditional $25.00

Additional charge with cleaning for:

  • Sealants
  • Athletic Mouth-Guard


When school is in session, the clinic is typically open Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday and Friday. Appointment days will vary per semester. Please call the number below to schedule a dental hygiene patient screening appointment. Screenings are not required for potential patients under age 18 or for those who are current patients of record, who have been seen at the clinic within the past two years.  After your screening, you will be able to schedule your dental hygiene clinic appointments. For more information call the clinic office at (517) 483-1458.

General Clinic Information

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Lansing Community College offers preventive dental hygiene services to the public.

The program provides dental hygiene care to almost 2,000 people annually.

This care is made possible by the Dental Hygiene Program of the College, which provides education to students for future practice in private dental offices, hospitals, and public health agencies.

The clinic does not provide restorative dentistry (fillings), oral surgery (removal of teeth), orthodontics (braces), or dentures.

Because the Dental Hygiene Program is designed and maintained for teaching procedures, scheduling and dental hygiene services differ from those of a private dental office.

Those accepted for treatment are patients whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment. All dental care is performed by student dental hygienists who are carefully supervised by licensed dental hygiene faculty and a clinic dentist. Therefore, the instructors constantly review and evaluate the treatment rendered by the student which affects the length of visits and the number of appointments required.

Before you decide if you wish to be considered for treatment, please read the following information that describes what you may expect as a patient in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Becoming a clinic patient

As a possible patient, you must first have a dental screening. A dental screening allows the student dental hygienist to secure the necessary dental radiographs. With faculty supervision the student dental hygienist will complete a brief assessment of your oral health needs to ensure that you meet the needs of a teaching institution. A student dental hygienist will be assigned to you that has the skills necessary to care for you.

To schedule a screening appointment, please call (517) 483-1458. Screenings take place in the clinic Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only.  Screening appointment days may vary according to the semester.  Due to the educational nature of this clinic, the last 30 minutes of your appointment is allotted for the checkout process.

If an appointment is not immediately available to you following your screening, you will be notified by phone when an appointment becomes available. The length of the wait for this first appointment can be from one to several weeks, depending upon the time in the school year and your individual oral health needs.

Patient Forms

Please feel free to print off the following clinic forms and complete prior to your appointment.

Policy on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease:

LCC Dental Hygiene students are required to treat all patients assigned, regardless of the disease state of the patient. The student is expected to follow standard precautions with all patients. The Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination against patients with HIV; therefore, it is the policy of the LCC Dental Hygiene Program that students are required to treat all patients assigned, regardless of the disease state of the patient. A full copy of the Dental Hygiene's policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease is available upon request

Appointments and Services

Your first appointment will begin with a screening examination, to determine which of your dental needs can be met in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Screening appointments are necessary for any new patients to the clinic. During the screening appointment patients receive radiographs that are deemed necessary and appropriate for treatment.  At that time the patient will have an oral assessment done by the clinical faculty and they will be assigned to a student who has the skills to care for that patient.  Fees are to be paid at the screening appointment.

Our services may include:

  • Medical and Dental History
  • Blood Pressure Reading
  • Intra and Extra Oral Examination
  • Oral Health Education
  • Radiographs (x-ray pictures)
  • Prophylaxis (cleaning of teeth)
  • Periodontal Debridement (deep cleaning)
  • Pain Management (local and nitrous oxide)

A specific plan for your treatment will be explained to you. With the aid of dental radiographs, a faculty member and student will determine your dental condition and recommend a general outline of dental hygiene treatment and a way to complete it. Generally, a complete prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) for a patient who has regular dental care requires a minimum of one to two appointments of two to four hours each.  The actual length of the dental appointments will vary due to: the difficulty of the case, the level of experience of the student, the amount of paperwork required of the dental hygiene student and the instructor’s supervision at different intervals of the actual procedure. Additionally, the last 30 minutes of the appointment is allotted for the check-out process. Please be prepared to spend more time than is necessary in a private dental office.

Patients should arrange an appointment with a dentist of their choice for a comprehensive dental examination and diagnosis following completion of the services provided at this clinic. The dental hygiene clinic does not provide a comprehensive dental exam for patients. Dental radiographs will be taken after review of the medical/dental history.  Need for dental radiographs is approved by the faculty dental hygienist and clinic dentist and is dependent upon the presence or absence of dental decay, gum disease, and frequency of dental visits.

Your radiographs (x-ray pictures) will be mailed or emailed to your dentist (or copies can be mailed to your home address) upon your request. We must have a release signed by the patient on file according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We require five (5) working days to process and mail your radiographs to your dentist. The patient should expect that their dentist will charge a fee for diagnosing the radiographs and the planning of the patient's treatment based on their findings.  Digital radiographs are emailed through a secure server that is 100% HIPAA compliant.

Payment for services rendered:

A reasonable fee is charged for all dental hygiene care provided by the Dental Hygiene Clinic. One fee is charged, per preventive series of appointments, regardless of the number of visits required to complete your care. Fees are to be paid at the screening appointment.

Payment may be made in cash, check, credit and debit cards.  The Dental Hygiene Clinic does not accept or bill private dental insurance or Medicaid.

Clinic locations/directions

The Dental Hygiene Clinic is located in the Health and Human Services Building (HHS), Room 107 in downtown Lansing. This building is located just west of the LCC Parking Ramp on Grand Avenue, and just south of Saginaw St, between Capital Avenue and Grand Avenue.

Visit our Downtown Campus page to find a map of LCC's main campus. Look for Building #15.


Visitor parking is available in the LCC Parking Ramp on Grand Avenue parking structure directly east of the Health and Human Services Building. It can be entered from Grand Avenue. There is also a City of Lansing parking structure located on the corner of North Capital Avenue and Shiawassee Street. Enter off of North Capital Avenue. As you leave your car, note the level where you parked. A campus map and handicapper parking information is available from the clinic receptionist.

Visit our Parking Locations to find parking on main campus.

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Please read our complete statement on your rights and responsibilities as a patient.

Just as your time is valuable, so is that of your student dental hygienist. You can help the student, and speed up your treatment by being available when your presence is required and by arriving promptly for each scheduled appointment. You should plan on spending a minimum of two hours for each visit once treatment has begun.

If you must cancel an appointment, please give 48-hours or more notice by calling the Clinic Reception Office (517) 483-1458.

Appointments will be rescheduled as the schedule allows.

The student's grade is determined by the completion of patients. If you are not available for your scheduled appointment, the student's grade is negatively affected.  Treatment will be discontinued for patients who do not have the required amount of time, or for those who routinely break appointments or do not notify the student or clinic receptionist in advance. Two missed appointments may result in patient suspension of at least one year and possibly longer.

Your cooperation will enhance the students learning experience and will assist with your treatment.

We look forward to providing you with excellent, affordable dental hygiene care.

Selective Admission Information – May 1st Application Deadline

The Dental Hygiene Program is a selective admission program. Students meeting prerequisite requirements will be considered for admission to the program. In order to be considered as a candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements beyond those required for admission to the College. Students meeting basic admission requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the basic admission requirements at the time selection for students for admission is made. Additional points will be awarded for admission based on such categories as prerequisite and general education courses taken, GPA average in science courses, dental assisting experience and college degrees. Specific dental hygiene courses are open only to students officially admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Selective Admissions Office located in HHS 108 on the 1st floor of the Health and Human Services Building. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should visit the Health and Human Services Advising Guide webpage to find the Selective Admission Application.

Selective Admission Applications must be submitted to Student Finance at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building. There is a $50 application fee due at the time of submission. Students should attach all documentation of work experience and other required student information regarding the Dental Hygiene Program. Selective Admission Applications can also be found on the Health and Human Admissions Programs web page.

For more information, the applicant is encouraged to contact the Selective Admissions office at or (517) 483-1182. Health Careers Academic advisors are also available through the Center for Academic & Career Pathways. Call (517) 483-1957 option 4 to schedule an appointment.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

The student applicant is REQUIRED to:

  • Submit an application for selective admission to the Enrollment Services Office. Applications are held for two years. Applications must be resubmitted if the application is over one-year old. (May 1st deadline)
  • Submit college transcripts to the Registrar's Office. (May 15th deadline).  To start the transfer process, you will need to send your official transcripts, from the school you are coming from straight to Lansing Community College.  The address you will need to send the transcripts to is:
  Registrar's Office
Lansing Community College
411 N Grand Ave
Lansing, MI  48933-1215
  • Attend an applicant advising orientation. Orientations are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Pre-registration is required by calling (517) 483-1410.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses ( with a minimum grade of 2.5 for each course and complete all other general education prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or better for each course.  Each general education course (except prerequisite courses) must be completed with a minimum 2.0 grade or better.

Applicant Advising Orientation:

Those interested in the Dental Hygiene program are REQUIRED to attend an applicant advising orientation.  The dates for the 2019-2020 Academic year are:

Thursday, September 12, 2019,  4:00 - 5:30 pm or
Tuesday, October 22, 2019,  5:00 - 6:30 pm or
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 pm or
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  or
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:00-6:30 pm

Location - HHS Building Room 116. Enrollment is limited so please register to attend.  *Note that students only need to attend one of these advising orientation dates.

Selection Criteria:

  • Students must complete BIOL 145 (or BIOL 201 & BIOL 202), BIOL 203, and CHEM 120 with a 2.5 or higher in each course to be eligible for admission.
  • Students who are considering transferring for a four-year degree are encouraged to take BIOL 201 and BIOL 202, rather than BIOL 145 for increased transferability.
  • Students who are considering transferring for a four-year degree are encouraged to take ENGL 121 or ENGL 122 for increased transferability.
  • All other courses (MATH, ENGL, SOCL, PSYC) must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.  Please see advising guide of Dental Hygiene map for specific MATH, ENGL, SOCL and PSYC courses that are required to take for admittance with the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Students who complete the courses listed (General Education and Other) with the highest grades will receive the most points for admission.
  • Points will be assigned in the Dental Assisting Experience and Post Secondary Degree Category based on the level of achievement in each category.

If admitted:

  • Students must complete a Criminal Background Check.
  • Current Cardiac Life Support Certification (Infant, Child, and Adult) is required throughout this program. (Must be the American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers with AED Training).  Certification must be valid for the entire 21-months of the Dental Hygiene Program (taken no earlier than June preceding the August start date of the program).
  • Students must complete a physical exam and have all required immunizations current to include a yearly TB test, yearly flu vaccination and the Hepatitis series.

For further information and advising, contact the Dental Hygiene Program, Health and Human Services Building (HHS), Room 107, or call (517) 483-1457, or email us at

Dental Hygiene Program Related Links

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago
Chicago IL 60611-2678

Michigan Dental Hygienist's Association

American Dental Hygienist's Association

Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

Dental Hygiene Program Physical Guidelines for Students

Motor, Cognitive, and Psychological Skills Essential for Dental Hygiene Students

1. Essential motor skills required to meet the class and clinical practice  outcomes are:

STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects/persons more than 50 pounds and possess hand-arm strength to control manual and power hand instruments and tools.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform complex motor skills such as writing, typing; manipulative skills with fine instruments and devices, calibration of equipment. Have not impairment of the use of a foot, let, hand, fingers, or arm, and no other structural defect of limitation, which may interfere with the ability to control and safely operate medical/dental devices and instruments.

COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment; eye-hand coordination and arm-hand steadiness (i.e., use of hand instruments, taking blood pressures, calibration of instruments and equipment).

MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, prolonged standing or sitting in occasionally uncomfortable positions or very small spaces (i.e., 2 feet by 4 feet spaces).

VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away, very close, and to discriminate fine detail and colors, and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, etc.

HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise and to distinguish sounds (i.e., pulse with sphygmomanometer, percussion of teeth, TMJ - temporomandibular joint - clicking/popping).

TACTILE ABILITY: Demonstrate tactile abilities sufficient to make physical assessments of soft and hard tissues (i.e., perform palpation, functions of physical assessments and oral examinations, functions related to therapeutic intervention).

2. Essential cognitive skills required to meet the class and clinical practice outcomes:

CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions (i.e., patient and co-worker requests, alarms, equipment noise).

ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions that require up to 60 minutes in length and handle a variety of tasks for periods up to 8 hours. No mental, nervous, organic or functional disease or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with the ability to coordinate treatment planning; work with other health care professionals and patients; coordinate treatment procedures; and safely operate medical/dental devices and instruments.

CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed and implemented. Apply theory to a clinical situation.

MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time (i.e., information gathered in assessing patients).

CRITICAL THINKING: Ability critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations and develop and implement treatment/care plans.

3. Essential psychological skills required to meet the class and clinical practice outcomes:

INTERPERSONAL: Demonstrate interpersonal abilities to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with patients and colleagues.

COMMUNICATION: Communicate sufficiently for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document, and interpret health care actions and patient responses.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE: No current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism and must not use Schedule 1 drugs or other substances such as amphetamines, narcotics, or any other habit-forming drug except those substances or drugs prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner who is familiar with the individual's medical history and assigned duties and who has advised the individual that the prescribed substance or drug will not adversely affect the individual's ability to safely practice these health professions.

STRESS: Work with patients who may be very young or old, critically ill or injured, or mentally or physically deficient/impaired; work with a constantly changing group of staff and resident physicians, medical students, etc.

Environmental Conditions-Standard Precautions

Upon acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Standard Precautions training session.

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a Dental Hygiene student you can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations. Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program are at a slight risk for exposure to blood and body fluids and the potential does exist for transmission of blood-borne and other infectious diseases during patient care activities. The risk of HIV disease transmission from dental patients to members of the dental team are extremely low. Nevertheless, there is some small potential for this to occur. The Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination against patients with HIV; therefore, students are required to treat all patients assigned, regardless of the disease state of the patient.

Applicants/students who are HIV/AIDS or HBV (Hepatitis) positive will not be barred from working, teaching, attending classes or participating in college sponsored activities, unless the applicant/student is unable to follow *Standard Precautions. All decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. (*Standard Precautions are defined as: Consideration of all patients as being infected with pathogens and therefore applying infection control procedures to the care of all patients.)

Criminal Background Check

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program will be denied if an individual is precluded from proving clinical privileges due to a criminal record pursuant to MCL 333.20173a.

Students may be denied admission to or continuation in the Dental Hygiene program for any of the following reasons:

  • Physical or emotional health, which indicates impairment in ability to provide safe care to the public.
  • Conduct not in accordance with the standards of a registered dental hygienist:
    • has given false information or has withheld material information;
    • has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any crime which indicated the individual as unfit or incompetent to practice, or that the individual has deceived or defrauded the public;
    • has used any drug to a degree that interferes with his or her fitness to practice dental hygiene;
    • has engaged in conduct which endangers the public health.

LCC Scholarships

See the LCC Scholarship Application process for more information.

For information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please see the LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information page.

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at 517-483-1989.

Dental Hygiene Program at Lansing Community College

Dental Hygiene Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 107
Phone: (517) 483-1457
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