Updated Service Advisory (May 14, 2020)
All client care provided by students in the Camosun College Dental Clinic was suspended in mid-March by public health order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Province. We continue to follow the recommendations of Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease control, Island Health, and WorkSafe BC to ensure safety remains the first priority for all visitors, students and staff who enter our clinic. As further guidance is provided by WorkSafeBC and our professional regulators, we will move towards resuming activities in our dental clinic when it becomes appropriate to do so. “New normal” activities will begin when risk to the public is minimized to the lowest level possible.
As the 2019-20 academic year has ended, the earliest any clinical care may be offered by students for the public is late September 2020 provided government restrictions are lifted at that time. Those individuals whose dental hygiene care was started but not completed prior to suspension of clinical activities will be contacted when students are once again able to see the public in our campus clinic. Fees paid for assessments will be carried over; refunds will not be issued.
Please be assured that Camosun College Dental Programs will continue to adhere to the highest level of infection control practices to ensure the safety of the public, our students, and staff. Each client is an essential and valued participant in our students’ education and preparation toward graduation as competent professionals. We look forward to welcoming you back to the clinic in due course.
Champions of health
Dental hygienists provide specialized health care in the dynamic field of dentistry. Dental hygiene blends the arts of health advocacy, technology, science, psychology and direct patient care. Join our team and be at the forefront of a career in health promotion! The Dental Hygiene program is fully accredited nationally and graduates historically have performed extremely well on the national board exam.
As a dental hygienist, you’ll be part of an oral health care team that provides professional treatment and advice to help people prevent or halt existing dental diseases and support total wellness. This full-time, two-year program prepares you to be a health promotion specialist on an oral health care team as well as a competent clinician and community health advocate (accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada).
Over the last two years, 95% of Camosun's Dental Hygiene program graduates were employed in a job related to their program.
In a small classroom environment and within the live clinic environment, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills needed to provide preventative, educational and therapeutic dental hygiene services. You’ll also learn to evaluate research, communicate professionally and practice collaboratively with dentists and other health care professionals.
Our faculty is made up of talented and dedicated professionals with advanced degrees in education or dental hygiene.
We’ll help you succeed
The Diploma in Dental Hygiene provides the educational foundation you’ll need to succeed in the increasingly complex field of oral health. Dental hygienists work in a number of settings including general and specialty dental offices, dental hygiene clinics, residential care facilities, hospitals, community health agencies and educational institutions. Dental hygienists also work within the dental industry as educators and sales representatives.
The two-year Dental Hygiene program follows a foundational year of university transfer courses.
You’ll have opportunities to provide education and care to local community groups. On a broader scale, you’ll also make connections with dental hygiene students from other countries who visit our Dental Hygiene program. There are also opportunities to travel within BC and abroad in order to study and provide care and education.
Continuing your education is easy as the diploma program transfers directly into two degree programs. You can complete a Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Dental Hygiene in one year at the University of British Columbia or the University of Alberta or obtain a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Thompson Rivers University.
To find out more about the dental hygiene profession, check out the British Columbia Dental Hygienists Association.