Karl, in the menu, can you create another subheading and we’ll put the Accreditation piece in there

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So the menu on the left (drop down from top or whatever) would be:

  • Education (just Education, take out the dental hygiene) (no subheaders required, link to new pages right off the education page if that works)

  • Registration (just Registration, take out the “to Practice”)

  • Accreditation

Dental Hygiene in BC – big header

Dental hygiene has been a recognized health profession in Canada for more than 50 years. Today more than 3,000 dental hygienists are registered to practice in the province of British Columbia.

Dental hygiene is a fast-growing and rewarding profession for men and women interested in a career in the health sector. There are opportunities for dental hygienists to practice in hospitals, community centres, residential care facilities and dental offices across British Columbia.

For more information on dental hygiene programs and registration in British Columbia:

  • Education

  • Registration

  • Accreditation

Education – subheader (again, take out the Dental Hygiene)

To assure the health, safety and welfare of the public, the British Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association (BCDHA) contends that entry-to-practice dental hygiene education programs should:

  • include a minimum of three academic years of post-secondary education in a recognized institution of higher learning

  • be an accredited dental hygiene program that meets current provincial and national learning outcomes and competencies

  • prepare graduates for a full process of dental hygiene care using research-based decision-making principles

  • transfer to higher education within the BC transfer system

The BCDHA supports the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) in recommending and moving towards requiring degree level education for entry to practice in the profession.

Read the full version of the BCDHA Dental Hygiene Education Policy Position Paper 2007

Dental Hygiene Programs in British Columbia:

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Degree

Master of Science (Dental Science) Program

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

Diploma education programs are designed to teach foundation knowledge, which forms the basic entry-level credential for dental hygiene theory and practice, critical thinking, professionalism and the promotion of health and wellness.

Upon successful completion of first year university courses in five specified subject areas, an application may be made to one of the two-year dental hygiene diploma programs. The curriculum focuses on oral and clinical science, with an emphasis on health promotion and preventive, motivational and communication strategies.

There are currently six diploma programs located in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Chilliwack and Nanaimo. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the website of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC to determine eligibility to register as a dental hygienist in British Columbia after graduation.

Dental Hygiene Degree

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia offers four entry points into the Dental Hygiene Degree Program – two for those who want to become dental hygienists and graduate with a Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene and two for dental hygienists who want to complete their Bachelor’s degree by building upon their dental hygiene diploma education background. If students have graduated from an accredited diploma program, they are admissible to the UBC degree program for degree completion. The degree completion options of the DHDP can be completed entirely online. Visit www.dentistry.ubc.ca/hygiene . Dental hygienists holding a bachelor’s degree may be interested in a Master of Science (Dental Science) Program at UBC.

Master of Science (Dental Science) Program

This graduate program offered by the University of British Columbia is open to qualified dental hygienists holding a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates for the M.Sc. degree in Dental Science are accepted under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies to study in one of the major recognized fields of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene. The program is research-oriented, consisting of didactic courses and original research carried out under supervision. It is not a clinical program leading to clinical specialization, and is unrelated to registration. Click here for more information.

Registration – subheader – this page should be fine on the test site

The College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia regulates the practice of nearly 3,000 dental hygienists in BC. The mandate of the College is to ensure dental hygiene practice is carried on in the best interests of the public. The College of Dental Hygienists sets practice standards, a code of ethics and quality assurance requirements. For more information, please contact:

The College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia
Suite 219, 645 Fort Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 1G2
Phone: (250) 383-4101
Toll free within BC: 1-800-778-8277
Fax: (250) 383-4144
Email: cdhbc@cdhbc.com

In order to register with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC, you must have certification from the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board. The purpose of this certification is to provide a national standard for assessment of candidates for entry into the practice of dental hygiene and to facilitate portability between the dental hygiene regulatory authorities in all Canadian jurisdictions. For further information, please contact:

National Dental Hygiene Certification Board
#322 – 1929 Russell Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4G3
Phone: (613) 260-8156
Fax: (613) 260-8511
Email: exam@ndhcb.ca


The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada approves the standards for education and requirements for college and university dental hygiene programs. For information on these requirements please visit Canadian Dental Hygiene Program Accreditation Requirements.

Applicants should contact each of the institutions listed below to receive current information on the application process, deadlines and specific requirements for admission into the dental hygiene program.

Dental Hygiene Diploma Programs in B.C.

Camosun College
Dental Hygiene Program
3100 Foul Bay Road
Victoria, B.C. V8P 5J2
Phone: (250) 370-3189 Fax: (250) 370-3234
Web site: www.camosun.bc.ca
Email: bos@camosun.bc.ca

College of New Caledonia

Dental Hygiene Program
3330 – 22nd Avenue
Prince George, B.C. V2N 1P8
Phone: (250) 562-2131 Local 364 Fax: (250) 561-5870
Web site: www.cnc.bc.ca
Email: askcnc@cnc.bc.ca

University of the Fraser Valley

Dental Hygiene Program
45635 Yale Road
Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 6T4
Phone: (604) 795-2817 Fax: (604) 792-2388
Web site: www.ufv.ca
Email: info@ufv.ca

Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene

3030 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 1Z4
Phone: (604) 215-7611 Fax: (604) 215-7660
Web site: www.vancouver-college-dental.org
Email: info@vancouver-college-dental.org

Vancouver Community College

Dental Hygiene Program
250 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1S9
Phone: (604) 443-8453 Fax: (604) 443-8588
Web site: www.vcc.ca
Email: info@vcc.ca

Vancouver Island University

Dental Hygiene Program
900 Fifth Street, Building 180
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
Phone: (250) 740-6410 Fax: (250) 740-6225
Web site: www.viu.ca
Email: info@viu.ca

Dental Hygiene Degree Program and Degree Completion Program

University of British Columbia
Faculty of Dentistry – Student Services
#278 – 2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3
Phone: (604) 822-8063 Fax: (604) 822-8279
Web site: http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/Education/Hygiene/default.asp

Email: fodadms@interchange.ubc.ca

Dental Hygiene Access for Certified Dental Assistants Program

This unique program was specifically designed for CDAs as an alternative way of earning a dental hygiene diploma. CDAs receive recognition for prior learning and complete the DHAC program through a combination of web-based theoretical and on-site clinical courses.

Vancouver Community College

Dental Hygiene Program
250 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1S9
Phone: (604) 443-8453 Fax: (604) 443-8588
Web site: www.vcc.ca
Email: info@vcc.ca

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