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Dental Hygiene

Admission Requirements

Attendance at a program Information Session is highly recommended prior to entry to this program.

Admission requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

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.

Requirement Camosun options
Human Anatomy and Physiology
one pair of:
Chemistry
two of:
English
two of:
Psychology
two of:
Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences
one of:
UT Elective
one of:
C+ in a university transferable 100 level or higher elective

*Denotes highly recommended

Program recommendations

Interested applicants who have not worked in a dental office are advised to investigate the dental hygienist's role by spending at least two days observing a dental hygienist practicing, thereby gaining a working understanding of the career.

High school students preparing for this program will need English 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12 and Foundations Math 11 or Pre-Calculus Math 12 to complete the university transfer courses.

It is recommended that the high school sciences and math be completed within the last 5 years. If you have not completed these within the last 5 years, it does not mean that you will not be considered; however, we do recommend that you upgrade and/or retake these high school courses or an alternate course at Camosun.

BIOL 160 and BIOL 260 may be taken prior to beginning the program.

International Students who do not have one year of University Transfer courses as specified in the above Admission Requirements need to apply for "University Transfer Science (with a goal to enter Dental Hygiene)". Need help? Contact Camosun International.

What to expect

The following are recommended to ensure the best possible success in the program:

  • You must have a strong sense of responsibility, a caring nature, and an interest in the well-being of others.
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to function as part of a team.
  • You must recognize that the profession is both physically and mentally demanding and therefore you must be able to cope well in a stressful environment.
  • You must have good eyesight and hearing.
  • You must be competent in written and oral English.
  • Computer literacy including interacting with dental computer software programs is required during the program.
  • You’ll be required to attend classes 5 days a week, with some evening hours. There will be significant homework expectations.
  • The work environment in which you will study and be employed may require extensive hand washing and sitting for long periods of time. If you have a serious skin disorder such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis or latex allergy, you should consider carefully before applying to this program. For the same reasons, if you have back, arm, or neck problems or significant health challenges, you are advised to consult with the Chair.
  • Facial and oral body piercing are discouraged due to the potential risk of infection.
  • You will be assigned to practice sessions where you will receive a variety of dental hygiene treatments and procedures, including local anesthesia.

Participation requirements

Once accepted into the program:

  • You must attend the program orientation or risk losing your seat in the program.
  • On the first day of class, you are required to submit a completed, current, Standard First Aid Certificate. It is your responsibility to ensure that the CPR C portion of this certificate does not expire before the completion of the program. (If you have been given only 3 weeks’ notice for entering the program you have until November 1 to take this training.)
  • Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
  • Clinical placement practicums are compulsory components of this program. You'll be required to participate in practicums that may include day and evening shifts.
  • 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 practicum 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.

Completion Requirements

You must achieve a minimum of 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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Missing admission requirements?

Camosun offers alternative courses and upgrading programs to help you get started.

What kind of applicant are you?

Camosun has three different applicant categories:

  • Adult
  • Current BC/Yukon High School Student
  • International

Learn more.

Note: Current high school students are not eligible to apply to this program.

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