Dental Hygiene

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 21,206

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

Are you ready for a great career as a professional dental hygienist? Get ready to help your patients maintain great smiles with excellent care and expert advice.


  • Exploring dental hygiene schools in BC? Study on beautiful Vancouver Island with VIU’s Dental Hygiene Diploma program. With a rewarding career in dental hygiene, you can help people live healthier lives while working in a people-oriented atmosphere. VIU’s two-year, full-time diploma program includes both academic study and clinical practice, and prepares you to work in dental clinics.
  • Change the world, one smile at a time. For a stable, well-paying dental hygiene job, apply at Vancouver Island University.
  • The Dental Hygiene Diploma program at Vancouver Island University is a Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada (CDAC) accredited program. The program provides education in the application of preventative and therapeutic methods of oral disease control and oral health promotion.
  • The concepts of health education, professionalism, critical thinking, life-long learning, and community service are strongly encouraged in the program curriculum. Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain practical experience in public dental clinics and dental health activities in the community. Strong computer literacy is highly recommended prior to admission to the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students will be granted a diploma which makes them eligible to apply for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (as per their criteria) as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH).

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Credits Course Options
  • English 6 Degree English Requirement
  • Anatomy and Physiology 8* BIOL 151/152/153/154 or BIOL 156/157
  • Chemistry 8* CHEM 140/141 or CHEM 140/142
  • Psychology 6 PSYC 111/112 or PSYC 121/122 or PSYC 131/132
  • Statistics 3 MATH 211 or MATH 161
  • Elective 3 Any 100 or 200 level course (courses without a T or G suffix)


Semester 1

  • (Dental Hygiene Foundations I)
  •  (Dental Hygiene Preclinic) 
  •  (Head and Neck Anatomy) 
  •  (Elements of Dental Hygiene) 
  •  (Pathology I: Introduction to Periodontal Diseases)
  •  (Dental Histology and Embryology)
  • (Radiography I)

Semester 2

  •  (Dental Hygiene Foundations II)
  •  (Dental Hygiene Clinic I)
  •  (Pharmacology I: Local Anesthetic)
  •  (Pathology II: Oral Diseases)
  • (Dental Materials)
  •  (Health Promotion I: Oral Health for Individuals)
  •  (Radiography II)


Semester 1

  • (Dental Hygiene Foundations III)
  • (Dental Hygiene Clinic II)
  • (Pharmacology II)
  • (Pathology III: DH Care for Complex Clients)
  • (Health Promotion II: Concepts in Dental Public Health)

Choose one of the following:

  • (Elder Teachings Across Disciplines)
  • (First Nations Wellness I: Models and Strategies)
  •  (First Nations Wellness II: Models and Strategies)
  • (International Perspectives on the Social Determinants of Health) 

Semester 2

  •  (Dental Hygiene Foundations IV)
  •  (Dental Hygiene Clinic III)
  •  (Professional Issues in Dental Hygiene)
  • (Pathology IV: DH Care for Medically Compromised Clients)
  •  (Research Methodology)
  •  (Health Promotion III: Community Oral Health Interventions)

  • Fees - Year 1 Amount Tuition (39 credits x $235.51 per credit) 9,184.89 Material fee 4,266.48
  •  Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and materials cost) 538.05 
  • Student Services fee (39 credits x $6.93 per credit) 270.27
  •  VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Textbooks (approximate costs) 1,400.00 
  • Dental Instruments (approximate costs) 2,400.00 
  • Uniforms, shoes (approximate costs) 350.00 Total 18,851.89 
  • Fees - Year 2 Amount Tuition (37.5 credits x $235.51 per credit) 8,831.63 
  • Material fee 3,656.98 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and materials cost) 499.54 
  • Student Services fee (37.5 credits x $6.93 per credit) 259.88 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Textbooks (approximate costs) 400.00
  •  Dental Instruments (approximate costs) 900.00 
  • Uniforms, shoes (approximate costs) 300.00 
  • Total 15,290.23

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