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Health Sciences

Dental Hygiene diploma

Dental hygiene is a health service profession concerned primarily with the prevention of oral disease and the promotion of optimum oral health. The dental hygienist is an integral member of the health care team and strives to improve oral health by providing preventive services and educational information to the public. As a licensed professional, the dental hygienist’s scope of practice is regulated by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia. The dental hygiene process of care encompasses assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Registered dental hygienists work in various settings, including general and specialty dental offices, dental hygiene practices, residential care facilities, hospitals, community health agencies, dental sales and marketing, and educational institutions. The scope of dental hygiene practice continues to expand with increased opportunities for employment in non-traditional settings. Registered dental hygienists in B.C. may also practice as self-employed contractors or as independent owners if they meet conditions for self-employment and current tax laws.

The UFV Dental Hygiene diploma program prepares individuals for the full scope of dental hygiene practice in British Columbia and other provinces, including the administration of local anesthetic. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and will move to a new, fully equipped dental clinic in 2012. In addition, the pre-professional year provides the foundation for success in a variety of practice settings, as well as the ability to transition easily to baccalaureate education.

Graduates of the program will have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to prepare for successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE) and to function within the scope of dental hygiene practice according to the Regulations of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia. Successful completion of the NDHCE is required to be eligible for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia and to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist in B.C., and provides the opportunity to obtain registration and licensure in other provinces and countries.

UFV Dental Hygiene diploma graduates may apply to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to complete the fourth (final) year of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Dental Hygiene) program. For more information regarding the BDSc program as well as admission requirements and deadlines, please consult the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website at dentistry.ubc.ca. Dental Hygiene diploma graduates may also apply to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to complete the Bachelor of Health Science program. For more information regarding the BHSc program, admission requirements and deadlines, please consult the TRU website at tru.ca.


The UFV Dental Hygiene diploma program is a two year, full-time program offered over six semesters.


All Dental Hygiene classes will be offered on the Chilliwack campus. Observational experiences also occur in a variety of community settings and agencies off campus.

Program structure

Courses are offered in a variety of formats including group work, independent study, multi-media approaches, seminar, lab and clinical simulation.

During the program, students will be assigned to practice sessions where they will perform various clinical dental hygiene care, including local anesthesia, on each other. Students must be fully prepared to be a patient in these practice sessions.

Classroom experiences may include evening scheduling. Clinical experiences may include extended work days, evenings, and weekends.

The Dental Hygiene program is very demanding. Students should plan to set aside time for several hours of homework every evening. Additional time on the weekend to manage course work will also be required. It is strongly recommended that students do not work either full- or part-time while in this program.

The following factors contribute to success in this program:

 • Effective time-management skills
 • Computer skills
 • Study skills
 • Manual dexterity
 • Meticulous attention to detail
 • The ability to multi-task under time restrictions
 • Command of the English language
 • Strong communication skills
 • Self-direction and accountability
 • Willingness and ability to work as part of a team
 • Neatness and good grooming

Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements

Completion of first year university-level courses (30 credits minimum) with proof of a minimum letter grade of "C+" or higher in each of the following (it is strongly suggested that these university-level courses have been completed within five years prior to enrollment):

a. Human Anatomy and Physiology (with weekly labs); KPE 270 (see Note) and KPE 370 or equivalent
b. CHEM 113 and CHEM 114 or equivalent (with weekly labs)
c. MATH 104 or MATH 106 or PSYC 110
d. ENGL 105 and one of ENGL 120 to 170
e. PSYC 101 and PSYC 102 or equivalent
f. One elective, if necessary to reach 30 credits

Note: The prerequisite for KPE 270 is either KPE 170 or both BIO 111 and BIO 112; as of September 2013, KPE 170 will be a required prerequisite.

Other entrance requirements

1. A minimum of 40 documented hours of observational experience in a dental office or a minimum 150 hours of current (within two years prior to enrollment) work experience as a Certified Dental Assistant.

2. Two reference letters (work reference and personal reference).

3. A satisfactory interview with the program Admissions Committee, who will assess:
   a. Knowledge of and motivation towards a career as a dental hygienist;
   b. Financial preparation;
   c. Communication skills;
   d. Experience with people in the health-care field as a volunteer and/or employee.

4. Current Standard First Aid certificate (includes Basic Rescuer – Level C certificate). Certification must be upgraded to Health-Care Provider during the program.

5. Identification documents: birth certificate and if applicable, documents showing landed immigrant status, marriage certificate, and verification of name change.

6. Successful completion of a security clearance check. Criminal records check forms will be provided on acceptance to the program.

7. Attendance at an Information Session in preparation for entry into the program. You will be asked to write an essay at the information session explaining why you want to become a dental hygienist.

8. Signed medical certificate indicating physical fitness and emotional stability. (Form will be provided at information session.)

9. Current immunization record. The Hepatitis B immunization will be required after entry into the program, but may be completed prior to entering the program. (Form will be provided at information session.)

10. Signed Dental Oral Health certificate. (Form will be provided at information session.)

Admission to the UFV Dental Hygiene Diploma program is on a competitive entry basis. Meeting the minimum requirements will not necessarily guarantee acceptance into the program.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Science Studies program path.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake (one intake every second year in September) in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. The following documents must be submitted to the Admissions and Records office, along with the application fee in order to process your application:

• UFV application form (available at ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply)
• Dental Hygiene application form (which includes instructions regarding the documentation of your dental office observation/work experience, community volunteer experience, management/leadership experience, references, and the essay; available at ufv.ca/ar/forms)
• Documented proof of completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum C+ in each course

Once all these forms and academic documents have been received by the Admissions and Records office, an application date will be recorded and your application will be forwarded to the Dental Hygiene program.

2. Submit all remaining documents to the Health Sciences Centre, Chilliwack campus.

Documents required in order to achieve “complete applicant” status:
• UFV application form
• Proof of completion of first year university-level courses as outlined in the academic entrance requirements section
• Dental Hygiene program application form which includes:
    • Two reference letters
Verification of 40 hours of current dental office observational experience OR minimum 150 hours current experience as a licensed, practicing CDA
    • Verification of volunteer experience and/or management/leadership experience (if applicable)
• Official identity documents: birth certificate and if applicable, documents showing landed immigrant status, marriage certificate, and verification of name change
• Valid Standard First Aid certificate
(includes Basic Rescuer – Level C certificate)
• Completion of ESL Advanced Speaking, Listening, and Writing course sequence (if required)

3. Attendance at a program information session and interview with the program Admissions Committee is required for all applicants who have achieved complete status. You will be contacted when the date for the information session has been established. The essay will be written at the information session and you will schedule your interview at that time.

4. Applicants achieving the highest number of points will be given priority for program seats. If points achieved are equal, date of application to the program will determine order of acceptance.

5. You will be notified in writing regarding your acceptance. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required by a specified date in order to reserve a seat in the program. This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. If you do not register for courses and pay the deposit, your seat will no longer be held for you.

6. If you meet the minimum requirements but are not selected for the class, your application will be held for consideration for the next intake. If you are not selected for a second intake, you will be required to re-apply.

Basis for admission decision

Students will be rated based on the points achieved on the applicant rating form. Points will be awarded for performance on the following:

1. Academic prerequisites: up to 8 points. The higher the applicant GPA on the required prerequisites, the more points awarded.

2. Work/volunteer experience: up to 6 points. Points will be allocated for additional relevant dental office work experience according to duration. Volunteer experience in the community will also be awarded points, again according to the nature and duration of the experience. (Examples would include coaching a sports team, youth group leadership, etc.) Both must be above and beyond the required 40 hours of dental office observation or 150 hours of dental office work experience prerequisite for the program. In addition, evidence of a management or leadership role in the work force will be rewarded.

3. Persistent efforts to upgrade: up to 1 point. Applicants will be awarded a point for persistent interest in the program as evidenced by efforts to upgrade, and repeated applications.

4. Letters of reference: up to 2 points per letter, for a maximum of 4 points. Applicants will be awarded points depending on the content of their letters of reference.

5. Application essay: up to 4 points. Applicants will be awarded points based on their writing skill and for meeting the designated criteria.

6. Interview: up to 11 points. Applicants will be given points related to their knowledge of dental hygiene, organizational skills, financial plan, management of commitments, communication skills, knowledge of their own learning, and problem-solving skills. The interview is intended to help determine readiness to enter the program, and reflects the skills necessary to practice dental hygiene.

Applicants with the highest number of points will be given priority for program seats.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Additional major costs (approximate only — subject to change):

1. Textbooks and coursepacks — $2200

2. Uniforms, lab coats, safety glasses, duty shoes — $500

3. Instruments, lab fees — $2800

4. Magnifying eyewear — $1500

5. Examination/Professional fees — $600 (National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination — compulsory for eligibility for licensure in B.C.)

6. Registration with College of Dental Hygienists of B.C. — $1000

Upon completion of the UFV Dental Hygiene diploma program, and prior to practicing as a registered dental hygienist, graduates must register with the College of Dental Hygienists of B.C. (Check the CDHBC website at www.cdhbc.com for more information.)

Financial assistance

UFV has a comprehensive financial assistance program including scholarships, loans and bursaries. Details are available from Financial Aid and Awards.

Program regulations

Standing required for continuance

The dental hygiene courses for each semester are prerequisites for the coursework in the next semester.

To maintain status as a student in the Dental Hygiene program, a 70% (B-) minimum must be achieved in all dental hygiene theory courses. Dental Hygiene clinical courses require a 70% (B-) minimum in the didactic component and a minimum grade of “B” in the clinical component. Any student who does not receive the minimum grade (70%) for all courses will be permitted to rewrite a comprehensive exam for one course. If a student fails to achieve the required minimum percentage on their rewrite exam, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. Students are allowed to rewrite a comprehensive exam for one course only during the entire program. All exam rewrites must be completed prior to the start of the next semester.

Required to withdraw

Students who have been required to withdraw from the Dental Hygiene Diploma program may continue to take course work at UFV but will not be allowed to take any other dental hygiene courses.


Students requesting re-admission to the Dental Hygiene Program must document their request in writing to the program coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. The letter of request must include a description of the circumstances related to their withdrawal from the program, an explanation of previous areas of difficulty and an outline of plans to improve their opportunities for successful completion of the program.

Requests for re-admission for either the September or January semester must be received at the Health Sciences Centre by June 1.

The Student Selections Committee will review all re-admission requests and based on faculty recommendations (from the last semester in which the student was enrolled) will decide on the appropriate placement in the program. Factors influencing the final decision for re-admission include availability of seats, length of absence from the program, previous academic achievement (theory and clinical courses) and potential for success.

An interview with the program coordinator is required of all students requesting re-admission. All applicants for re-admission will be informed in writing regarding the decision and conditions for re-entry into the program.

The Dental Hygiene program reserves the right to stipulate conditions for re-admission. Re-admission into the program may necessitate the successful completion of dental hygiene courses previously passed; if in judgment of faculty, the length of absence from the program and/or the reasons for withdrawal would render the applicant inadequately prepared for the subsequent semester.

Appeals for re-admission

Students who fail or withdraw from the dental hygiene program may reapply to the program according to the Dental Hygiene Program Readmission policy.

Standing on re-admission

Each student in the program will receive a UFV Dental Hygiene Program Student Guidelines and Policies manual, which further explains the requirements of the program.


Upon completion of the UFV Dental Hygiene program and prior to practicing as a registered dental hygienist, graduates must write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination to be eligible for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia.

Program outline

First year

Semester I (Fall)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 101 Microbiology for Dental Hygiene 3
DHYG 110 Head and Neck Anatomy 3
DHYG 120 Dental Anatomy 2
DHYG 150 Principles and Issues I 3
DHYG 160 Clinical Theory and Practice I 6
Total   17

Semester II (Winter)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 102 Pathophysiology for Dental Hygienists 3
DHYG 121 Oral Embryology and Histology 1
DHYG 125 Periodontology I 1
DHYG 130 Radiology I 2
DHYG 140 General Dentistry Introduction 2
DHYG 151 Principles and Issues II 3
DHYG 161 Clinical Theory and Practice II 5
Total   17

Semester III (Summer)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 126 Oral Pathology I 2
DHYG 128 Nutrition I 1
DHYG 162 Clinical Theory and Practice III 4
DHYG 190 Community Dental Health I 1
Total   8

Second year

Semester IV (Fall)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 210 Pharmacology I 2
DHYG 225 Periodontology II 3
DHYG 228 Nutrition II 1
DHYG 230 Radiology II 2
DHYG 250 Principles and Issues III 1
DHYG 260 Clinical Theory and Practice IV 6
DHYG 290 Community Dental Health II 2
Total   17

Semester V (Winter)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 211 Pharmacology II 2
DHYG 229 Oral  Pathology II 3
DHYG 251 Principles and Issues IV 2
DHYG 261 Clinical Theory and Practice V 6
DHYG 291 Community Dental Health III 2
Total   15

Clinical (Summer)

Course Title Credits
DHYG 262 Clinical Theory and Practice VI 4
Total   4
Program Total 78

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.