Dental Hygiene, Diploma

Oral health matters

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Health Sciences

Study options


Work experience

Clinical and fieldwork placement

Open to International



2 years

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Dental Clinic training

Champions of health

September Intake!

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.

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HHS Student Handbook 

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In demand

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.

Hands-on learning

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.

Community learning

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.

Transfer opportunities

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.

An Investment in Your Career

Invest in yourself! Two years at Camosun can prepare you for a career in dental health care. As a Dental Hygienist you will be set to enter an in-demand field that is both financially-rewarding and personally satisfying.

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$16,383 (domestic)

$57,400 (international)

Additional Student Fees

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.

Our facilities

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 (entry into program)

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.

Year 3

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.

Field School Opporutnities

Students enjoy many opportunities to integrate theory and practice through simulated and community experiences, the provision of comprehensive dental hygiene care to the public in the Camosun College Dental Hygiene Clinic, and participation in international field schools.

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Entry to the Dental Hygiene program is in second year.

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

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:

Human Anatomy and Physiology

One pair of:

  • C+ in BIOL 143 and BIOL 144 
  • C+ in BIOL 150 and BIOL 151 
  • C+ in BIOL 152 and BIOL 153 

Two of:

  • C+ in CHEM 110  
  • C+ in CHEM 112 [Inactive] 
  • C+ in CHEM 120 
  • C+ in CHEM 121 

Two of:

  • C+ in ENGL 151 *
  • C+ in ENGL 161 
  • C+ in ENGL 163 
  • C+ in ENGL 164 
  • C+ in ENGL 251 *

Two of:

  • C+ in PSYC 110 *
  • C+ in PSYC 120 
  • C+ in PSYC 130 
  • C+ in PSYC 154 *
  • C+ in PSYC 160 
  • C+ in PSYC 164 
  • C+ in PSYC 171 

Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences
One of:

  • C+ in STAT 116 
  • C+ in STAT 216 
  • C+ in STAT 218 
  • C+ in BUS 230 

UT Elective:

  • C+ in a university transferable 100 level or higher elective

*Denotes highly recommended

For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.


Faculty/staff profile

Mandy Hayre

Mandy Hayre

Chair of Dental Programs

Mandy has contributed to the profession of dental hygiene for over 25 years and loves her profession more every day!  She graduated from dental h ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Liz Morch

Liz Morch

Program Leader, Instructor

Graduated from UBC with a diploma in dental hygiene and from Athabasca University with a Master of Education in Distance Education. Interested in the ... Read more

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Tika Brown

Tika Brown


Tika graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Bio) in 1993, a Bachelor of Science Degree (Psych) in 1995 and a Dipl ... Read more

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Amber Chamut

Amber Chamut


Amber obtained her diploma in dental hygiene through Malaspina University-College (now VIU) in 2008 and her bachelor of health science degree through ... Read more

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Donna Ferguson

Donna Ferguson


Donna graduated in 1994 from the Dental Hygiene Program at CNC in Prince George, she graduated from UBC in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Science (DH) ... Read more

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Michelle Meunier

Michelle Meunier


Michelle is a new faculty member at Camosun College but is not new to the Camosun campus.  Michelle is an alumni of both the Certified Dental Ass ... Read more

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Margit Strobl

Margit Strobl


Margit is a new faculty member at Camosun College this year but not new to the educational setting. She is looking forward to embracing life and teach ... Read more

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Leta Zaleski

Leta Zaleski


Leta Zaleski graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene program in 1994 and obtained a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma in 2010. In 2012 ... Read more
a dental student practices a procedure on a teaching mannequin in a dentist office

Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Dental Assistant & Hygiene Department

Campus location

Camosun College Lansdowne
Dental Health Centre
3100 Foul Bay Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5J2



International students contact Camosun International