Join the Dental Hygiene program through North Idaho College at Lewis-Clark State College and become a Registered Dental Hygienist!
Application to the January 2023 Dental Hygiene Program closed August 4, 2022. The next program will begin January 2025 with the application cycle opening June 2024. Prerequisite courses must be completed by July 2024 to meet the anticipated application deadline. A component of the next application will include observation hour requirements. The Observation Hour Requirement form will be available on the program website in January 2024. Application
Advising Contact Information
Lewis-Clark State College
Pre-Dental Hygiene Advising
500 8th Avenue Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 792-2441 -- [email protected]
Dental Hygiene Program
In collaboration with North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College offers the program requirements to prepare you for entry into the dental hygiene profession as licensed clinicians (Registered Dental Hygienists – RDH). Dental hygienists provide preventative, therapeutic, and restorative care to control oral disease and promote optimal oral health. The Dental Hygiene program includes instruction in dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology; dental hygiene theory and techniques; dental materials; radiology; patient education and counseling; and office management and professional standards. Clinical education experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum and offer you the opportunity to gain competency through practice. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), and the regional and/or State Board of Dentistry in the states in which you wish to practice. Dental Hygiene is a competitive entry program. Students are admitted to the program every-other-year beginning in January 2021. Pre-requisite courses are open to all students and must be completed prior to application. The program awards an AAS degree following 24 month of courses after acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. As an applicant, you will be required to complete dental office clinical observation. You are also encouraged to consider completion of Dental Assisting training through the LCSC Workforce Training program. Dental Assistant Certification or work experience will earn additional points on the program application.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of initial accreditation. 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. The Commission’s web address is: www.ada.org/en/coda.
Student dental hygienists under direct supervision by oral healthcare professionals provide quality, low-cost preventive care at our North Idaho College dental hygiene clinics in Coeur d‘Alene and Lewiston.
Adults and children are provided a complete set of radiographs (x-rays), complete oral and periodontal examinations, and the appropriate type of cleaning.
- Periodontal Therapy
- Fluoride Treatment
- Desensitizing Treatment
- Sports Guards
- Whitening Trays
- Laser Periodontal Treatment (Bacterial reduction)