Apply to the Program
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and for the safety of healthcare students and employees, many medical facilities, along with federal policies, are mandating the COVID-19 vaccination, with limited exemptions available for students and employees. Because all clinical hours and/or clinical competencies must be completed to meet program requirements, this means you may be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption on file to enter and/or progress in the Dental Hygiene program. For additional information, regarding these requirements, please see the Health Sciences and Wellness COVID-19 Policy, page 6.
As referenced in the Health Sciences and Wellness COVID-19 policy, it is up to the clinical facility to grant or deny the exemption based on the documentation provided. If an exemption is granted, individuals may also be asked to complete regular COVID-19 testing at their own expense, often on a weekly basis. Additional PPE protocols may also be required.
In the event the exemption request is denied, the program may attempt to place the student at another clinical site, but this is dependent upon program clinical capacity requirements, the ability of the student to meet another clinical site’s COVID-19 policies, and provided no other students’ clinical experiences are impacted. If the program is unable to place a student, this may delay the student’s program completion. Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent final acceptance into and/or progression through the program, and ultimately result in dismissal from the program. (HSW COVID-19 Policy, v. 5, July 2022; p. 6)
The Dental Hygiene program starts one class each year in early January. Applications may be submitted between July 1 and Aug. 15. Applications received after the Aug. 15 deadline will not be considered.
All Dental Hygiene Program applicants will be notified of their status in the program no later than Nov. 1, 2023 for the Jan. 2024 start date.
All Pass or Satisfactory grades earned in Spring 2020 (using a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade scale) will still be considered for admission to the program. Each course affected will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will still be subject to Laramie County Community College's Transfer Grade policies. If you have questions, please contact the Program Director or Advisor for the program.
Submit an LCCC Admission Application to the Admissions Office. It is the student's responsibility to request official transcripts of college courses to be sent to the Student Records Office. Application to LCCC must be completed with successful admission by June 30.
NOTE: Unofficial transcripts (student copies, including LCCC) must be uploaded and submitted with the Dental Hygiene Application.
Completion of all required prerequisites as outlined in the Catalog. All courses must be completed with a C or higher by August 31 (except POLS 1000).
See below for exceptions.
(1) STRT 1000/COLS 1000 or another approved College Seminar course must be taken by students entering the program in January. This course is not tallied in the GPA for General Studies. View catalog for exemptions from this requirement.
(2) ANTH 1200 will be accepted although SOC 1000 is strongly recommended.
(3) C0MM 2010 Public Speaking or COMM 1015 Foundations of Communications will be required. COMM 2010 is strongly recommended.
(4) MICRO 2240 Medical Microbiology may substitute MICR 2210 General Microbiology if transferring in.
*Anatomy (or A&P 1), Physiology (or A&P II), and Microbiology must be five years current at time of application.
+POLS 1000 Optional prerequisite, required program course. If any of these courses have been accepted for transfer at LCCC from an out-of-state institution, a one-credit hour course of Wyoming Constitution (POLS 1100) is required. Refer to your degree requirements in the college catalog for more specific guidelines. Although POLS 1000 is an optional prerequisite, if this is not completed prior to starting the program, it will be an additional course that is required during the program. It is highly recommended that the student completes this course prior to beginning the dental hygiene program.
Applicants must observe a minimum of four identified procedures performed by a Registered
Dental Hygienist (RDH) and observation forms must be signed by a dental hygienist,
not a dentist, assistant, or office manager. Complete an observation of two Dental
Hygienists at two separate dental offices for a total of 8 hours.
Applicants should contact offices to make an appointment and to ask about proper attire. Each Dental Hygienist who is shadowed should fill out the attached sheet and return to the observing student or put it in a sealed envelope and return to the Dental Hygiene Program no later than Aug. 15.
One observation may be waived for applicants with a minimum of one year of dental experience. To waive one observation, a letter from the dental office doctor or manager should be submitted with the Dental Hygiene Application verifying length of employment.
Complete ALL fields of the Dental Hygiene Program's Application Form. Please verify all documents have been uploaded into the online application. Once submitted, you cannot go back into the application.
This link will provide you with a SAMPLE application form for your review prior to starting the official online application.
LCCC student ID number must be supplied at the time of application as verification of acceptance to the College. Applications to the program will be accepted after July 1 and must be received on or before Aug. 15.
Perquisite courses must be completed with a "C" or higher by end of August 31. For proof of summer enrollment, students must submit a copy of unofficial transcripts, grade reports or verification by the course instructor to the Dental Hygiene Program on or before Aug. 15. Official transcripts for summer perquisite courses must be submitted to the LCCC Admissions Office and the unofficial records showing completion with a "C" or better and/or "pass/satisfactory" should be sent to the Dental Hygiene Program.
- Completed acceptance form
- Dental Hygiene Program fee deposit of $3,717.00
- All of the following documents will be uploaded by the applicant to an online record
management system. Please follow the directions provided in the conditional acceptance
LCCC's Dental Hygiene Program does not require the COVID-19 vaccination for acceptance into the program; however, all external clinical sites DO require the COVID-19 vaccination. Verification is required of current vaccinations and titers (Hepatitis B, Rubella, Rubeola, Diphtheria, Tetanus, MMR, Varicella). A current 2-step TB test (PPD), Influenza (flu) shot, and COVID-19 vaccination. Students must maintain current TB testing, Influenza (flu) shot and COVID-19 vaccinations at all times while in the Dental Hygiene Program.
The student will need to have an Eye Examination Report completed (form supplied after acceptance to the program) by an optometrist or physician who provides eye examinations.
Failure to have the outlined immunizations may prevent the student from completing the clinical requirements of the Dental Hygiene Program and affect the ability to graduate.
- Information will be provided on how to purchase Dental Hygiene textbooks and instrument
kits in the conditional acceptance letter.
- A copy of both sides of a current American Heart Association certification card in
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation for Health Care Providers. (Note: Other organization's
certification is NOT acceptable.)
Students must maintain current Health Care Provider CPR certification at all times while in the Dental Hygiene Program.
- 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.
- Acceptable Chemical Impairment Screening and Criminal Background checks are required.
Chemical impairment may compromise both the educational process and patient safety.
Early identification, evaluation and treatment are in the best interest of our students and the patients they serve. In addition, clinical sites may require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Generally, the urine drug test screens for alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or drugs that impair judgment while in the clinical site, classroom or participating in program activities. Testing positive on the screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participating in program assignments.
Findings from the Criminal Background checks or Drug Screening may result in revocation of admission in the Dental Hygiene Program. Dental Health Professionals may be exposed to blood bourne pathogens/contagious diseases; therefore, strict compliance with Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control is practiced.
Policies on blood bourne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene Program. In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and Criminal Background checks are required prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity as evidenced by a Criminal Background check may also disqualify a student from clinical participation. Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent final acceptance into and/or progression through the program, and ultimately result in dismissal from the program.
The complete Chemical Impairment and Background Check Policy is outlined in the orientation letter and will be reviewed on the first day of orientation with the Program Handbook. Every student admitted to the Program will be required to abide by the Policy and acknowledge agreement with the Policy in order to be accepted into the Program.
NOTE: Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor (or plead guilty or NOLO Contender has been entered) should require 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 varies by state, so it is important to check with the correct agency prior to applying to the program.
Please upload additional forms and requirements with the online application submission.
To be considered for admission into the program, students must complete Steps 1-5 above.
Admission is based on a point system of completed prerequisite coursework. Download a GPA Calculator (Excel File)
- Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Science prerequisite GPA: A 2.5 GPA minimum is required for all science course prerequisites to obtain points. 0.75 points will be awarded for every 0.05 points over the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. (22.5 points maximum)
- General studies prerequisite GPA: A 2.5 GPA minimum required for all general studies prerequisites to obtain points. 0.5 points will be awarded for every 0.05 points over the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. (15 points maximum)
- For courses that have been retaken, the most recent grade will be used.
- If an applicant has repeated more than two prerequisite courses, one point will be deducted from the total points for each repeated course.
- If two applicants are equally qualified, the overall prerequisite GPA will be the determining factor in the selection process. In the event that there is still a tie, the science GPA will be the determining factor. If there is still a tie, preference will be given to the Wyoming resident, and finally, previous work experience in the dental field.
LCCC doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.
1. Maintain a minimum grade of C in each required dental hygiene course.
2. Take the dental hygiene courses in sequence.
3. Maintain acceptable background checks/drug screens and certifications.