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Dental Hygiene (Diploma)

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Total Credits: 78
Credential: Diploma in Dental Hygiene
Program Code: DHYG.DIP
CIP: 51.0602


The Dental Hygiene Diploma program is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, and values to provide safe and competent primary oral health care. The program prepares students to aspire to the highest levels of professionalism.

The program emphasizes the importance of a wellness model of care and evidenceinformed practice as students learn to provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive dental hygiene care to individuals, families, and communities. Throughout the program, students develop the skills to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients and interdisciplinary teams.

Professional responsibility to society in the areas of health promotion, education, healthy public policy, and advocacy is emphasized throughout the program.

Students enjoy many opportunities to apply theory and knowledge including hands-on practice in class and the community, provision of dental hygiene care to the public in the Camosun College Dental Clinic, and participation in international field schools.

The Camosun College Dental Hygiene Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Graduates of the program must successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination to be eligible for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including clinical practice, community health care, and independent practice, and are eligible to apply for degree completion at a variety of post-secondary institutions.

Opportunities for Academic Advancement

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the University of British Columbia to complete the 4th (final) year of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Dental Hygiene) Program, or to Thompson Rivers University to complete a Bachelor of Health Science.


Entry to the Dental Hygiene program is in second year.

Requirements for first-year courses include:

  • Submission of proof of completion of the following with a minimum grade of C+ or higher in each Camosun course or an equivalent course from another post-secondary institution:

Human Anatomy and Physiology
One pair of:

Two of:

Two of:

Two of:

Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences
One of:

UT Elective:

  • C+ in a university transferable 100 level or higher elective

*Denotes highly recommended

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Practice professionally as a dental hygienist.
  • Practice ethically, safely, and competently as a dental hygienist.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and use evidence-informed decision-making to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Communicate and collaborate competently with individuals, families, communities, and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the effective management of the practice environment to ensure quality care.
  • Educate individuals, families, and communities about oral health, including its relationship to overall health.
  • Apply the principles of health promotion and disease prevention to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Provide the dental hygiene process of care for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Advocate for the improvement of and access to oral and other health services for individuals, families, and communities.


Program Participation Requirements

  • On the first day of class students are required to submit a completed BLS (Basic Life Support) certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the BLS does not expire before the completion of the program.
  • During the program students will be assigned to practice sessions where they will receive a variety of dental hygiene treatments and procedures, including local anaesthesia.
  • On the first day of classes students must provide evidence they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before program start date. Students are responsible for the cost of the testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area where there is a known prevalence of TB. 
  • Students must provide evidence of their immunization status. Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines.
    • Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement and/or a clinical/community rotation.
  • Criminal Record Check is required. 

Program Completion Requirements

  • Students must achieve at least 70% (“B-“) in each course and a COM or DST in the clinical practice courses within the program to obtain a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. 

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