A focus on health promotion
You’ll acquire a wide variety of skills and abilities relating to patient oriented care, health promotion, prevention and community advocacy. Following a foundational year of university transfer courses, you’ll enter Year 2 of the Dental Hygiene Program. A diploma is awarded after successful completion of Year 3.
What to expect
Located at our Lansdowne campus, this program is 2 years in length (September to early May). Classes and clinical sessions are scheduled for 29 to 31 hours per week and include some evening clinics. Study and preparation outside of class and clinic time generally requires 3-4 hours per day, but varies.
Dental Hygiene students practice in our modern on-site dental clinic and provide actual dental hygiene services to members of the community. The dental clinic is spacious and includes:
- 24 dental chairs
- Dispensary/sterilization centre
- Four radiography rooms
- Computers for student learning (dental software)
- Dental reception office
- Client reception area
Year 2 courses include microbiology, dental anatomy, patho-physiology, radiology and your first two dental hygiene clinical theory and practice courses. Guided by experienced faculty, you will begin providing dental hygiene services to public clients by the end of your first term in the program.
In year 3, you’ll build on your foundation knowledge of oral science, clinical care and professional practice. You’ll study pharmacology and nutrition and have a variety of opportunities to provide care and education within the Camosun Dental Clinic, out in the local community and beyond.
We’ll teach you how to prepare a resume and research dental hygiene employment opportunities to facilitate your future employment and career development.
Notices of employment opportunities for graduates are posted on the student notice board. Students may also consult the Camosun Co-op Education and Career Services website or email EducationThatWorks@camosun.ca