Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042
Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who provide oral health assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion. They are vital members of a dental health team. They serve individuals and families within the community. The Dental Hygiene program at the College of Lake County prepares students to develop the competencies needed to provide preventive oral health care services to the community. The Dental Hygiene program has been granted accreditation status by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Students are required to meet the screening requirements in effect at the time of screening. Students who screen and are accepted into a limited enrollment program will be required to complete requirements and curriculum that are in place at the time of entrance into the program. Students who are not granted admission must rescreen for a future program start.
Screening Deadline: First Wednesday in February
Dental Hygiene is a limited enrollment progam accepting 24 students each academic year. Students requesting consideration for the fall semester must submit a completed screening form by the first Wednesday in February. A screening process is utilized in determing the most qualified candidates. Preference is given to residents of CLC’s district, or a community college district which does not offer a Dental Hygiene program and is a member of the CAREER consortium. See Joint Agreements section for more information about the CAREERS agreement. Students who live outside of CLC’s district but are eligible for in- district tuition because they are employed by a district employer are NOT considered residents of the district for purposes of selection into the program.
Attending a mandatory Program Information Session is encouraged early in the process.
The following must be submitted to Student Records:
Minimum selection criteria:
Note: Applicants may take the NLN PAX exam once every 90 days (approximately three months). NLN PAX exam results that are less than 90 days between exams will not be considered. Scores used for screening into the dental hygiene program will be valid for only 3 years prior to a screening deadline. Scores older than 3 years will not be considered for screening. A valid Social Security Number is required to acquire the state license, and may be needed for background checks and/or clinical locations. For available test dates and times and instructions for registering for the NLN test visit www.clcillinois.edu/programs/dhy. Students who have completed any of the following courses (or an equivalent) must have obtained a grade of “C” or better. These courses are not prerequisites, but program requirements. They may be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
Note: A student must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each Dental Hygiene course to continue in and graduate from the program. All course prerequisites must be met.
General Education & Required Coursework
^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.
* BIO 245 and 246 have a prerequisite of BIO 123 or BIO 161. In addition BIO 244 must be taken prior to BIO 245.
Note: Either CHM 120 or 121 must also be taken to fulfil the screening requirements above.
Note: The Dental Hygiene program is based at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan with courses only being offered during the day. Non-DHY courses are offered at the Grayslake Campus with varying meet times.
For more information on general education and prerequisite courses contact an Academic Success Advisor. For DHY program specific advising contact Program Director, Mary Jacobs firstname.lastname@example.org.