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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Downtown (City Centre) Campus
  • Campuses
    Vancouver Downtown

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $19,536 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $12641 Total
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Students must submit a Dental Hygiene application package by February 23. Earlier application is recommended.

 

Application Fee: $35

Academic (minimum grade in bracket)

1. VCC English Language Proficiency Requirement

One of:

2. The equivalent of first-year university studies (ie - 30 credits) with at least a 3.0 ("B") grade point average (GPA). This work must include the following courses:

  • ENGL 1100 & ENGL 1200 English (Literature) or ENGL 1101 & ENGL 1001 + ENGL 1102 & Engl 1002 or equivalent six credits of English;
  • BIOL 1120 & BIOL 1220 or equivalent six credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology;
  • CHEM 1121 & CHEM 1223 or equivalent six credits of Chemistry (including labs);
  • PSYCH 1100 & PSYCH 1200 or equivalent six credits of Psychology;
  • MATH 1111 or equivalent three credits Introductory Statistics; and
  • a three-credit elective course.

Special Notes: Where you have completed 2nd, 3rd or 4th courses in the required subjects, the highest grades are considered in the GPA calculation.

To check the transferability of first-year courses, go to the BC Transfer Guide. This website lists the credits established for all university transfer courses offered by BC post-secondary institutions.

Non-Academic

  • complete a physical dental exam from a licensed BC dentist before entering the program for legal reasons. (It is also preferred that applicants have their dental and dental hygiene healthcare complete and current.)
  • possess physical and psychological health
  • be able to perform fine psychomotor skills as a dental hygienist. (Physical and mental demands of the profession may worsen back, wrist or shoulder problems. Materials used in oral health care may affect persons living with conditions such as latex sensitivity or other allergies.)

Admission Advice

1. On acceptance you must:
  • have current CPR Level C Certification;
  • submit a successful Criminal Record Search;
  • provide proof of a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray;
  • submit a complete immunization record;
  • have current certification in Emergency First Aid.
2. The 40 applicants with the highest grade point average will participate in an online candidate's questionnaire which assesses their knowledge of the dental hygiene profession; approximately the 22 applicants with the highest scores will be offered seats in the program.

3. The Downtown (City Centre) Counselling and Dental Hygiene departments hold information sessions in January, April, July and October. For dates and times, contact Counselling and Advising Services at 604.443.8453.

English Language Requirements

Summary

Check individual programs for English proficiency requirements

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - Applicants must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for their desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program before your name is added to a waitlist or registered in a program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for all VCC programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program before your name is added to a waitlist or registered in a program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for all VCC programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

BC Transfer Student

If you have prior post-secondary education that you want to transfer to VCC you must make a formal request through the Registrar's Office by completing an Approval for Transfer Credit form and attaching all required documents. For more information call 604.443.8411.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have prior post-secondary education that you want to transfer to VCC you must make a formal request through the Registrar's Office by completing an Approval for Transfer Credit form and attaching all required documents. For more information call 604.443.8411.

 

Mature Student

You must be at least 18 years old (unless you have graduated from Secondary School) to meet the general admission requirement for VCC. In addition, specific program admission requirements must also be met.

Special Note: The admission requirements for all VCC programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

International Student

VCC International is the information gateway for International Students. It includes information on admission requirements, application procedures and much more.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

How to Apply

To apply to VCC check here.

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the final year of the Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene Degree offered by UBC. For more information refer to the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website at: www.dentistry.ubc.ca.

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.


 

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

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