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||Diploma in Dental Hygiene
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.