Dental Hygiene Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

When do applications open and what is the deadline to apply?
Applications open July 1 and the deadline to apply is November 1.
Is the Dental Hygiene program offered online or in Calgary?
The Dental Hygiene program is only offered in-person at the Main Campus in Edmonton, Alberta.
Is it possible to transfer from another Dental Hygiene program to the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene program?
We do not accept any advance standing or transfer students from other Dental Hygiene programs.
Do you require letters of reference?
Letters of reference are not required when applying to the Dental Hygiene program.
Will a criminal record prevent licensure to practice dental hygiene?
The Registrar of the Provincial licensing body may refuse to issue a license to practice dental hygiene to any applicant possessing a criminal record. If you have any concerns, contact the licensing association of the province you wish to practice in.
Does the Dental Hygiene Program have a waiting list that carries over from year to year?
No, the Dental Hygiene program does not have a waiting list for admission. All applicants must reapply if they do not receive admission and are in open competition for any given year.

Academic Requirements

Can I enter the program directly from high school?

The Bachelor of Dental Hygiene program is not a direct entry from high school program.

Applicants must complete a pre-professional year in an undergraduate program for their application can be considered. More information can be found under Academic Requirements on the Dental Hygiene webpage.

It is recommended that students have the following grade 12 subjects in order to complete the pre-professional requirements:

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Mathematics
In what faculty should I complete the requirements?

It is entirely up to you as to which program you choose to complete the Preprofessional requirements in. Most applicants choose to complete them through the Faculty of Science but they may be completed through other faculties. We recommend applicants have an alternate program in mind when completing the pre-professional requirements so that if never admitted into the program they can remain in their alternate program and complete a degree of their choosing. 

You may wish to consult the University of Alberta Undergraduate program search tool to review the various programs available at the University of Alberta.

Can I have my course work evaluated before I apply to see if I meet requirements?

Upon receipt of an application for admission and all required documents the Registrar's Office will evaluate your coursework to determine if you have met the requirements.  Unfortunately, we are not able to provide unofficial evaluations of coursework.

Do the pre-professional courses need to be completed during the minimum course-load years?
The course load requirement is a separate academic requirement from the required pre-professional courses. The minimum requirement of one Fall/Winter academic year with 27* may be composed of any university transferable courses. It does not need to specifically include the pre-professional courses.
Do all pre-professional requirements need to be completed before I can apply?

You can apply to the Dental Hygiene program while your pre-professional requirements are in-progress as long as the requirements will be completed and final official transcripts are received by June 15 in the year of admission.

I have a withdrawal on my transcripts, how will this affect my application?

Transcripts are reviewed on a case by case basis, but generally a withdrawal will only affect your application if it occurs during the current year in which you are applying.

Withdrawing from a course may affect your:

  • academic year with a full course load of *27,
  • full-time status, or;
  • ability to meet our requirements for application.
Will repeated coursework be considered?

Only the first passing grade will be considered for repeated courses. If a passing grade is attained, no credit will be granted if the course is attempted again.

For University of Alberta coursework, a grade of D and above is considered passing.

Grades of D+, D, D- and F are considered deficient for transfer coursework (i.e. courses not completed at the University of Alberta). 

Will I receive credit for an online course taken at an institution that is not my main institution?

All university transferable coursework completed within a term (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) will be considered together, regardless if the courses are from different institutions.

For example, if you took 12 credits at the University of Calgary and 3 credits at Athabasca University in the Fall term, we will consider that you completed 15 credits in the Fall term.

Transferring Courses

How do I know if my courses from another institution will transfer?

Applicants can use the following transfer credit assessment tools to check courses in advance or to plan your timetable and course selection.

  • Transfer Alberta provides transfer credit information based on agreements in place between Alberta post-secondary institutions.
  • Our External Science Transfer Credit Database contains courses from other institutions in Canada and around the world, that have previously been evaluated. If your course is not listed, it means we have not evaluated it.

If the course is not listed in either tool, you may compare the course description of an accepted course at the UofA to course descriptions at your home institution.

Dentistry Admissions is unable to assess coursework in advance. Upon receipt of an application and all required documents, the Registrar's Office will evaluate your coursework to determine if you have met the preprofessional requirements.

Can I have my coursework evaluated before I apply to see if I meet the requirements?

Dentistry Admissions is unable to assess coursework in advance. Upon receipt of an application and all required documents, the Registrar's Office will evaluate your coursework to determine if you have met the preprofessional requirements.

Applicants can use the following transfer credit assessment tools to check courses in advance or to plan your timetable and course selection.

  • Transfer Alberta provides transfer credit information based on agreements in place between Alberta post-secondary institutions.
  • Our External Science Transfer Credit Database contains courses from other institutions in Canada and around the world, that have previously been evaluated. If your course is not listed, it means we have not evaluated it.

If the course is not listed in either tool, you may compare the course description of an accepted course at the UofA to course descriptions at your home institution.

What does it mean if a course transfers as 1XX (e.g., ENGL 1XX)?
This indicates unspecified course credit may be transferable to the U of A. The course is not close enough in content to receive a specific course credit, however, it will transfer as a unspecified course.
What does it means when a course transfers as AUXXX (e.g., AUBIO 111)?
This means a course transfers specifically to the Augustana Campus at the University of Alberta. If a course transfers to the Augustana Campus, it may be used in the overall GPA calculation for admission purposes. However, it may not automatically be used towards a pre-professional requirement nor guaranteed as transfer credit into a non-Augustana program.
Will I receive credit for coursework completed in a Dental Assistant program?
Courses completed in a Dental Assistant program are not university transferable courses and will not be granted advanced credit.

GPA Calculation

What is included in my overall GPA?

Overall GPA is comprised of all transferable postsecondary work completed as a full-time student. Full-time study is considered to be at least:

  • *18 taken in a Fall/Winter year
  • *12 taken in a Spring/Summer terms

For applicants who have completed four or more years of full-time transferable postsecondary work, the overall GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest Fall/Winter GPA, provided it is not the:

  • most recent year
  • Only year where *27 was taken.
I did poorly in my first year of study, can it not be included in my overall GPA?

Applicants can request a Special Considerations form to remove years from your OGPA due to extenuating circumstances. Applicants must be able to demonstrate circumstances that lead to the request, such as personal health issues or immediate family circumstances that impacted their ability to perform well in their studies.

Applicants requesting special consideration must meet all minimum preprofessional requirements. Special consideration cannot be used to requested a waiver of preprofessional requirements.

How do I calculate my weighted Overall GPA?

Your total grades points divided by total number of credits equals your OGPA. 

You may follow these steps to calculate your OGPA:

  1. Multiply the numeric value of your grade by the number of credits that course is worth.  This equals the grade points for that course.
  2. Do this for all of your classes and add your total grade points together.
  3. Divide that number by your total number of credits.
  4. The number you have at the end is your weighted OGPA