Dental Hygiene

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Prepare for a career as a dental hygienist as you study both theory and evidence-based practice. Dental hygiene theory and practice draw on biomedical, social and behavioural sciences as well as the body of dental hygiene knowledge. Key responsibilities of dental hygienists include health promotion, education, clinical therapy, research, change agent, and administration.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Dentistry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Dental Hygiene program prepares you to become a dental hygienist committed to advancing oral health and community service. Dental Hygiene is a health profession involving theory and evidence-based practice that draw on biomedical, social, and behavioural sciences, as well as the body of dental hygiene knowledge. Dental hygienists are responsible for health promotion, education, clinical therapy, research, and administration. The practice of dental hygiene involves collaboration with clients, dentists, dental assistants, other health professionals, and society.

The Dental Hygiene program accepts applications from international students. Prospective international students should determine certification requirements in the country of their intended practice.  All applicants should be aware that owing to the small number of places available each year, the program is very competitive for entry.

Campus features

The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre clinical facility possesses state-of-the-art technology and an innovative architectural design for effective learning, community service and research.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Dental Hygiene

  • IB Biology (Standard or Higher Level)
  • IB Chemistry (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Interview process
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