Dental Hygiene Diploma

  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $21,747
START DATE: Fall 2022
  • Alternate Delivery
Applications for 2022 Fall are now closed.

Applications for 2023 Fall intake open on September 15th.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Are you looking for a fast-growing and rewarding profession within the health sector? Become a Registered Dental Hygienist by enrolling in this two-year diploma! Dental hygiene is the 6th largest regulated heath profession in Canada with over 28,000 practitioners. Registered Dental Hygienists are highly educated, licensed and regulated healthcare professionals whose education and practice focus on the prevention of oral disease and the promotion of overall health and well-being. Dental Hygienists can work independent of or alongside a Dentist and are an important part of the health care team. 

As a Dental Hygienist, you will have the flexibility to work full or part time in a variety of settings. Dental Hygienists provide services and programs to people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health. Responsibilities of the dental hygienist include:

  • Patient assessment
  • Identification of patient health status and needs
  • Planning for patient care
  • Delivering education and patient services
  • Assessing the outcomes of care provided
  • Medical history taking
  • Performing routine head and neck examinations
  • Dental and periodontal examinations
  • Exposing of dental images
  • Oral hygiene education
  • Administration of local anesthetic
  • Scaling of teeth
  • Preventative fluoride applications.


Our graduates are career-ready and are highly employable. CNC graduates are highly sought after. Working as a Dental Hygienist, you will practice in a variety of settings, such as:

  • private dental practices
  • independent dental hygiene practice
  • public health facilities, hospitals
  • long term care facilities
  • educational institutions
  • dental research industry


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. When you graduate, you’re eligible to write Canadian and American national certification exams.

Learning experience at CNC

At CNC, we pride ourselves in having an outstanding reputation for educating skilled dental professionals.

The CNC dental hygiene program offers small class sizes and a 1:6 ratio of faculty to students in the clinical setting. Our clinic is equipped with 20 dental operatories and 4 radiography rooms with computerized dental stations and digital radiography and record keeping abilities. Students are activity involved in our dental clinic providing patient-centered oral healthcare care services.

Our dental hygiene curriculum also includes community-based student activities. For example, CNC Dental Studies works collaboratively with the Northern Health Authority to deliver a Seal in a Smile program to elementary school aged children annually. Students experience community service-learning, and deliver education and oral health services to local community partners. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Health Care Traveling Roadshow.

Dental Hygiene Diploma Courses

CNC's program prepares you to work in private/group practices, dental clinics, public health, and more. Dental hygienists today are dental health educators, teaching patients about oral hygiene and promoting dental health in the community.

Semester 1: Required Courses

DHYG-226 Dental Radiography 2 15 weeks
DHYG-200 Clinic 1 4 15 weeks
DHYG-205 Dental Hygiene Care 1 3 15 weeks
DHYG-210 Dental Anatomy 3 15 weeks
DHYG-215 Oral Microbiology 3 15 weeks
DHYG-225 Oral Health Promotion 3 15 weeks
BIO-230 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 15 weeks

Semester 2: Required Courses

DHYG-220 Professional Practice 1 2 15 weeks
DHYG-286 Radiography Interpretation 1 17 weeks
DHYG-260 Clinic 2 4 17 weeks
DHYG-265 Dental Hygiene Care 2 3 17 weeks
DHYG-275 Pain Management 2 17 weeks
DHYG-280 Dental Diseases 1 3 17 weeks
DHYG-290 Evidence Based Practice 1 3 17 weeks
BIO-270 Pathology and Oral Biology 3 15 weeks

Semester 3: Required courses

DHYG-300 Clinic 3 4 15 weeks
DHYG-305 Nutrition 2 15 weeks
DHYG-315 Dental Diseases 2 3 15 weeks
DHYG-320 Pharmacology for Hygiene 3 15 weeks
DHYG-325 Community Health 3 15 weeks

Semester 4: Required courses

DHYG-350 Clinic 4 4 17 weeks
DHYG-355 Practice Management 3 17 weeks
DHYG-360 Oral Pathology 3 17 weeks
DHYG-365 Community Dental Health 3 17 weeks
DHYG-370 Professional Practice 2 3 17 weeks
DHYG-380 Evidence Based Practice 2 3 17 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 2 year

Entry Requirements

  1. All of the following or their equivalents at a first-year college/university level, with an average GPA of 3.0 (“B”) with no grade lower than a “C” in any of the prerequisite courses:

The university transfer courses must be transferable to and from other BC institutions. Refer to the BC Transfer Guide to ensure course equivalencies from and to other educational institutions. It is highly recommended applicants discuss their first-year college/university course choices with a CNC counsellor/advisor.


Note: March 15 is the deadline to submit documents for early conditional acceptance. At that time, the GPA score will be based on a minimum of 5 Dental Hygiene prerequisites completed. Reference letters and the Candidate’s Questionnaire (CQ) must also be completed by March 15. The CQ can be accessed online and completed at the applicant’s convenience (see the Dental Hygiene Application Package for more information). Students must still submit final transcripts for all prerequisites by May 18, verifying that all of the prerequisite courses meet the minimum admission requirements of an average GPA of 3.0 (“B”) with no grade lower than a “C”.

Note: Two seats will be reserved for qualified aboriginal applicants.

Note: Two seats will be reserved for qualified international student applicants.

Fill out an Application Package

This program requires submission of an application package as part of the Admission process. Please download the file and submit as part of your application.

DHYG Application Package 2022F 

Program requirements and general information

  • Official college forms certifying current immunizations and dental and health examinations. You will receive these forms as part of CNC’s acceptance process, and you must complete them before the program starts. You must also be vaccinated for Hepatitis B. The costs of immunizations are your responsibility.
  • You will have to undergo a criminal record search with the BC Ministry of Justice at the beginning of the program. The cost of this search is your responsibility. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore may not enable you to graduate.
  • Upon entry into the program, students must provide documentation of CPR certification, level C (preferred) or Health Care Provider (HCP). CPR online courses are not acceptable. Students are responsible for the costs of CPR certification and must maintain certification while in the program.
  • The Skills and Abilities Information form must be completed. The form requires the applicant to verify that he or she understands the personal and physical attributes required to be successful in the program and understands the duties and responsibilities of the dental hygiene profession.
  • All program requirements must be completed within five years of initial enrolment.
  • All Dental Hygiene courses must maintain a “B-” as a pass grade and any grade lower than 68.0% will result in an “F” grade. • Word processing and Internet experience are necessary for students registered in the program.
  • Dental Studies graduates are required to undergo criminal records searches as part of the process of licensure. Any costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • In addition to expenses of tuition, textbooks, and uniforms, students are expected to purchase their own instruments and miscellaneous clinic supplies and to cover the cost of CPR training. Specific information regarding the purchase of equipment, clinical attire, textbooks, and other costs will be provided in an acceptance letter and during the first week of class.
  • Dental hygienists need good eyesight. Before you’re accepted into the program, it’s strongly recommended that you have an eye examination and obtain corrective eyewear if needed.

Advanced standing

The Dental Studies Department of the College of New Caledonia believes in providing credit for previous education that directly relates to either the Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting program. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate they have previously met the goals and objectives of a particular course.

The student must approach the Program Coordinator with the request to have his/her credentials evaluated as they relate to a course. The Program Coordinator, in consultation with the instructor responsible for the course, will evaluate the student’s credentials. The student must provide copies of transcripts and course syllabi with course objectives as part of their credentials, then meet with Academic Advisor to start process.

Challenges for all courses must be submitted within three weeks after the program starts. The student should attend all classes until it is determined if credit is granted. Students will be advised of the Exemption and Assessment Policy in their program acceptance letters.

Refer to “Admissions, fees and policy information” in this calendar for policy and fee information on exemptions, challenge exams, and prior learning assessment.

Selection process

When there are more applicants than seats available, the following criteria will be used to select 100% of the class:

GPA based on Dental Hygiene prerequisites (2.67–4.33 points) 4.33

Completion of the Dental Hygiene prerequisites in a consecutive 24-month period 1.00

Resident of BC or the Yukon 1.00

One of the following: 1.00

  • Completion of DENO 150, Certified Dental Assisting program, Dental Receptionist program
  • Employment in a dental office (3 months full time or equivalent)

Note: Volunteer experience does not count

Persistent interest in the program, as shown by repeated qualified applications 1.00

Subtotal 8.33

The reference letters and Candidate’s Questionnaire for the top 50 candidates will be scored:

  • Two reference letters (0–1 points) 1.00
  • Candidate’s Questionnaire (1–2 points) 2.00
Total: 11.33

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $29,677.
  • Tuition: $21,747
  • Common fees: $1,367
  • Dental Fees: $6,563

Check the fee schedule for more details.

Supplies for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

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