Graduate Diploma On Campus

Dental Hygiene

Vancouver Island University

24 months
27105 CAD/year
9184 CAD/year
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The Dental Hygiene Diploma program at Vancouver Island University is a Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada (CDAC) accredited program. The program provides education in the application of preventative and therapeutic methods of oral disease control and oral health promotion.

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Are you ready for a great career as a professional dental hygienist? Get ready to help your patients maintain great smiles with excellent care and expert advice.

Exploring dental hygiene schools in BC? Study on beautiful Vancouver Island with VIU’s Dental Hygiene Diploma program. 

With a rewarding career in dental hygiene, you can help people live healthier lives while working in a people-oriented atmosphere. 

The two-year, full-time Dental Hygiene diploma program at Vancouver Island University includes both academic study and clinical practice, and prepares you to work in dental clinics.

The concepts of health education, professionalism, critical thinking, life-long learning, and community service are strongly encouraged in the program curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain practical experience in public dental clinics and dental health activities in the community. Strong computer literacy is highly recommended prior to admission to the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be granted a diploma which makes them eligible to apply for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (as per their criteria) as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dental Hygiene Preclinic
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Elements of Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Histology and Embryology
  • Radiography 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Immunization Requirements Form is required. The Health Immunization form must be signed by the public health nurse.
  • Evidence of successfully completing a nationally recognized WHMIS course.
  • Evidence of current CPR Level "C" certification or Level HCP (healthcare provider).
  • Criminal Record Check. Fieldwork, practicums, or clinical practice will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.

Tuition Fee

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    9184 CAD/year
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Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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