School of Dentistry

Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene

To enrol in the Dental Hygiene degree program, you must complete a pre-professional year before admission.

Year 1 - Pre-Professional year
Year 2, 3 & 4 - Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene

  • Academic Requirements
    The minimum requirement for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is the satisfactory completion of *30 of transferable postsecondary work (5 full year course equivalents or 10 half year course equivalents), of which, *24 (4 full year course equivalents or 8 half year course equivalents) must be taken during one Fall/Winter academic year. (A Fall/Winter academic year is September to April inclusive).

    The preprofessional course requirements are:
    • English (*6)
    • Organic Chemistry (*3)
    • General Chemistry (*3)
    • Biology 107 or equivalent (*3)
    • Sociology (*3)
    • Psychology (*3)
    • Statistics (*3)
    • Options any Faculty (*6)

    *3 is equivalent to one half year course

    *6 is equivalent to one full year course or two half year courses

    Completion of a certificate in Dental Assisting will not fulfill the Preprofessional requirements.

    A minimum grade of C- (or equivalent) is required in any transfer course (i.e. courses not completed at the University of Alberta) used to meet a prerequisite requirement. Grades of D+, D, D- and F are considered deficient for transfer coursework.

    Applicants having high school courses in English Language Arts 30-1; Pure Mathematics 30, Chemistry 30, Biology 30 and one of the following: Social Studies 30, Physics 30, Science 30, Math 31, Language other than English at the 30 level, i.e. French 30, will be best prepared to succeed in the Preprofessional year.

    General Chemistry: IB Chemistry (higher level) with a grade of 6 or 7 only is equivalent to Chemistry 101 (*3) or Chemistry 103 (*3).

    Biology (including Microbiology, Zoology, Genetics, Botany, Bacteriology, Immunology): IB Biology (higher level) with a grade of 6 or 7 only is equivalent to Biology 107 (*3).

    English (Courses offered by the Department of English): ENGL or WRITE will meet the English requirement. IB English (Higher) with a grade of 6 or 7 will meet the English requirement. Classics, History, Linguistics or Philosophy DO NOT meet this requirement. For Fall 2019 admission ONE of WRS 101 OR 102 will be considered. For Fall 2020 admission and going forward WRS courses WILL NOT meet the English requirement.

  • Application Process

    Application deadline: November 1

    Applications for admission are accepted from the beginning of July to November 1 the year prior to the year admission is sought. For example, July 5, 2018, to November 1, 2018, for Fall 2019 admission. Late applications will not be accepted.

    Only electronic applications will be accepted. 

    The following documentation is required:

    1. Completed University of Alberta online undergraduate application for admission and readmission or internal transfer with the non-refundable application fee.  
    2. Official transcripts of your academic record. All previous post secondary academic records must be provided.   Failure to do so is an academic offence, which may result in prosecution under the University's Code of Applicant Behavior.
    3. English Language Proficiency/Spoken English Requirement (if required).

    Note: The deadline for receipt of all admission documents is June 15 the year admission is sought.

    Those who seek to enrol in the Dental Hygiene program must complete a pre-professional year before admission to the Faculty.

  • Board Exam Licensure


    The possession of a dental hygiene diploma or degree does not automatically confer the right to practice dental hygiene in any province of Canada. Each province has a licensing authority. A dental hygienist desiring to practice dental hygiene in Canada should contact the appropriate provincial licensing body.

    The Registrar of a Provincial licensing body may refuse to issue a registration certificate to practice dental hygiene to any applicant possessing a criminal record. If you have concerns in this area, please contact the appropriate licensing body.

    To practice in Alberta, a dental hygienist must be registered with
    College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
  • Costs and Fees
    Students who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Alberta

    The approximate costs for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents for future students in the Dental Hygiene program are as follows: (Tuition is calculated on a full course load.)


    Tuition/COF and Non-instructional Fees

    Fees for Equipment & Instrumentation Rental







     4th  $6,789.00 $8,100.00

    International Students

    If you are not a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident, the approximate costs for future International students are as follows:


    Tuition/COF and Non-instructional Fees

    Fees for Equipment & Instrumentation Rental







     4th $31,000

    Note: All costs noted above are estimates only, and are subject to change and can be effected by economic conditions such as exchange rates. Students pay the fees in effect at the time of registration.


  • Interview

    Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019.

    A personal interview is required of all competitive applicants annually. Interview selection is based on interim transcripts and post secondary academic record. The interim document deadline is February 1. Applicants who fail to submit the required documents by February 1 cannot be evaluated for interview selection.

    Competitive applicants will be interviewed to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant's maturity, motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests.

    Applicants selected to interview will be contacted by email by the end of February. Primary contact will be through the University of Alberta email account, please have your UAlberta account forwarded to your regular email account if you do not check your UAlberta email account regularly.

    Interview Format

    The interview format is the multiple mini interview (MMI). In this format, the interviewee will be exposed, without interruption, to a series of stations which will take 10 minutes each to complete.

    At each station, the interviewee will be provided with a question, and given two minutes to read the question and formulate a response. After these two minutes, the interviewee will discuss the response with an interviewer for the remaining eight minutes before moving quickly to the next station.

    Candidates must interview each year in person at the University of Alberta.

    Applicants not selected for interview will not be re-evaluated for final selection in the current year.

    Sample MMI Questions

  • Required Documents
    Transcript and document deadline: June 15

    Official transcripts showing completed work to date and course registration for the Fall term should be submitted by November 15 to assist in the preliminary assessment of your file.

    Official transcripts showing completed work up to and including Fall term of current year must be submitted by February 1.

    Note: Applicants who fail to submit the required documents by the February 1 deadline cannot be evaluated for interview selection. Applicants who do not receive an interview cannot be considered for admission.

    Official final transcripts of current Fall/Winter academic year must be submitted by June 15.

    Please submit all transcripts to:
    Office of the Registrar and Student Awards
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M7
    Submission of University of Alberta transcripts is not necessary for Fall/Winter coursework. Applicants planning to take spring term courses the year admission is sought must notify the Admissions Office of their registration and provide a final transcript by June 15.

    Post-secondary education completed outside of Canada

    All applicants are required to provide a detailed course description for post-secondary work completed outside of Canada.
    English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Requirement: deadline June 15 of year admission is sought. See University of Alberta Calendar.
  • Selection Process and Acceptance
    Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is limited to 42 students, and applications are selected on a competitive basis. Of the 40 seats in the program 85% are reserved for Alberta residents, 5% for international students (Student Visitors) and 10% for other Canadians. No non-resident of Alberta may be admitted who is less qualified than any Alberta resident who is denied admission.

    For admission purposes, a resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) who has been continuously resident in the Province of Alberta, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, or Nunavut for at least one year immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term in which admission is sought. Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which an applicant is ranked, applicants may be required to present proof of residency status. Please visit section 13.2 Residence Requirements of the University of Alberta calendar for more information.

    We do not accept any advance standing or transfer students from other Dental Hygiene Programs. All applicants admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program must complete all years of the program at the University of Alberta.

    Indigenous Applicants

    In addition to the regular quota positions, additional position/s per year may be available for a qualified student/s of indigenous ancestry. Applicants interested in this program are encouraged to contact the Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives at (780) 492-9526 for further information and assistance.

    Applicant Profile and Admission Formula

    1. Overall GPA (OGPA) - (80% of overall rank score) is comprised of all transferable post-secondary work completed as a full-time student taken during Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer Terms. For OGPA calculation full-time study is equivalent to a minimum of *18 taken during Fall/Winter Terms or *12 taken during Spring/Summer Terms.
    2. Interview score (20% of overall rank score).
    In order to be competitive, applicants should strive for a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 2.7 will not be considered for admission.

    For applicants who have completed four or more years of full-time transferable post-secondary work, the Overall GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest Fall/Winter GPA, provided it is not the most recent Fall/Winter or the only Fall/Winter where *24 was taken.

    Minimum standards:
    1. Overall GPA of 2.7 (out of 4)
    2. Minimum required interview score.
    Please note, meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission. All applicants are in open competition and ranked according to the above noted criteria.

    Special Consideration

    Applicants who have extenuating circumstances may submit a request for special consideration in writing to the Admissions Committee with supporting documentation. Special consideration requests must be received by the Admissions Office by January 31 of the year admission is sought. Applicants will be expected to have successfully completed all preprofessional requirements. Applicants requesting special consideration must contact the Admissions Office prior to submitting their request for a Request for Special Consideration form.

    Notification of Acceptance: May - July

    Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. (See §13.5.4).

    Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.  Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.

    Police Information Checks are due at the time admission is confirmed. Applicants should plan to have their PIC complete prior to an offer of admission. Failure to submit a clear and complete PIC by the date noted in the offer of admission will result in the offer of admission being revoked.

    Prior to the first week of classes, students admitted to the Dental Hygiene program are required to have their immunization records reviewed and updated by a health care professional. We recommend this be done at the University Health Centre (UHC) on campus.  The vaccination requirements are based on the Alberta Provincial guidelines for HealthCare Students in a Post-Secondary Institution and serology/immunization outside the guidelines is not routinely done or recommended.  All immunization records need to be written and legible.  Translation should be provided if there is not a legend attached.  Students without records will be required to complete their primary series.