School of Dentistry

Post Diploma BSc Dental Hygiene

The BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) Post Diploma Degree Completion Program is for graduates of the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program, or dental hygiene graduates of other accredited Canadian or international dental hygiene programs.

Three different streams are available depending on when, and from where, you received your diploma:

  • Program A - for students who graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program in 1998 to 2001
  • Program B - for students who graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program prior to 1998 and from 2008 onward; also for diploma dental hygiene graduates from accredited dental hygiene programs in Canada and internationally
  • Program C - for students who graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma Program in 2002 to 2007

  • 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.

    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.
      • Document deadline for spring admission: January 2 the year admission is sought.
      • Document deadline for fall admission: June 15 the year admission is sought.
    3. Letter(s) of good standing from current or previous licensing bodies (if applicable).
    4. English Language Proficiency/Spoken English Requirement (if required).

    Note: Equivalent courses offered at other post-secondary institutions should be taken prior to application to the University of Alberta, BSc (Dental Hyg) Degree Completion program. Application for admission to BSc (Dental Hyg) Degree Completion should only be made if you are planning on registering in course(s) offered at the University of Alberta for the term you are applying for. Students who do not register in a course in the term for which they have been admitted will have their registration cancelled and will have to reapply for admission.

    A student proceeding towards a BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) Post-Diploma Degree is expected to complete at least half of the credits required through courses offered by the University of Alberta (either on or off campus in Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer). Normally, at least half of these 'University of Alberta' courses will be taken as the final courses in the BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) Post-Diploma Degree completion Program.

  • Academic Requirements - Program A

    This program is intended for diploma graduates from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program between the years of 1998-2001 who completed the extended diploma curriculum.

    Applications for admission are accepted between July 1 to November 1 the year prior to the year admission is sought.

    Admission requirements

    • Graduation from University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program with a minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Letter(s) of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies.

    Program A consists of the following courses (18 units of course weight):

    • D HYG 417 - *3
    • D HYG 418 - *3
    • D HYG 431 - *3
    • D HYG 440 - *3
    • Two options (At the 300- or 400 level with the approval of Program Director) - *6
    • A maximum of *3 from PAC course is permitted. (D HYG 430 may be taken as an option)

    Note: Advanced credit for two options at the 300 or 400 level may be provided for University of Alberta 1998 graduates who have successfully completed DHYG 214 Spring/Summer session 1997.

  • Academic Requirements - Program B

    This program is intended for diploma graduates from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program prior to 1998 and after 2008 as well as graduates from other accredited dental hygiene programs in Canada and Internationally.

    Applications for admission are accepted between July 1 to November 1 the year prior to the year admission is sought.

    Admission requirements

    • Graduation from University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program or other accredited Canadian or International Dental Hygiene Programs with a minimum GPA of 2.0
    • For applicants who have not graduated from the University of Alberta program, proof of licensure to practice dental hygiene within Canada.
    • English language proficiency/spoken English requirement (if required).

    For University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma graduates whose program was 2 years in length and all non-graduates of the University of Alberta program, applicants must have completed an additional *30 of University transferable courseweight of which the following are required:

    • PSYCHOLOGY - *3.0
    • SOCIOLOGY or HUMANITIES - *3.0
    • ENGLISH - *6.0
    • STATISTICS - *3.0
    Note: If dental hygiene graduates from other accredited Dental Hygiene Programs in Canada and Internationally have taken a pre-professional year (with courses recognized as University transferable), these courses will be assessed upon application for admission.

    Program B consists of the following courses (30 units of course weight)

    • D HYG 417 - *3
    • D HYG 418 - *3
    • D HYG 422 - *3
    • D HYG 431 - *3
    • D HYG 440 - *3
    • D HYG 468 (or equivalent health research course) - *3
    • Four Options - *12 (Two at the 300 or 400 level with the approval of Program Director). A maximum of *3 from PAC course is permitted. (D HYG 430 may be taken as an option)

    Note: Advanced credits for two options (one option at the 300 or 400 level and one option at the 200 level) will be provided for University of Alberta 1997 graduates who have successfully completed DHYG 213 in the Spring/Summer Session 1996.

  • Academic Requirements - Program C

    This program is intended for diploma graduates from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program between the years of 2002 - 2007 who have completed the extended diploma curriculum.

    Applications for admission are accepted between July 1 to November 1 the year prior to the year admission is sought.

    Admission requirements

    • Graduation from University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program with a minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Letter(s) of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies.

    Program C consists of the following courses (30 units of course weight):

    • D HYG 417 - *3
    • D HYG 418 - *3
    • D HYG 422 - *3
    • D HYG 431 - *3
    • D HYG 440 - *3
    • D HYG 468 (or equivalent health research course) - *3
    • SOC 210 (Or equivalent statistics course) - *3
    • Three Options (Two at the 300 or 400 level with the approval of Program Director) - *9
    • A maximum of *3 from PAC courses is permitted. (D HYG 430 may be taken as an option)
  • Required Documents

    Official transcripts showing all post-secondary work completed to date and, if applicable, current course registration should be submitted when application for admission is made. A transcript is not required for work completed at the University of Alberta.

    Fall Term Registration

    All transcripts must be submitted by June 15.

    Forward all official transcripts to:

    Office of the Registrar and Student Awards
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M7

  • Selection Process and Acceptance

    The main criterion for admission is academic standing.

    Note: On acceptance to the Degree Completion Program, requests for course credits must be submitted in writing, with acceptable proof of course completion (ie official transcript and course descriptions or outlines) to:

    Dental Hygiene Program
    School of Dentistry
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2N8
  • Costs and Fees
    Tuition fees will vary according to how many courses a student is registered in per term.
  • Online Courses
    The following courses are offered online:
    • D HYG 417
    • D HYG 418
    • D HYG 422
    • D HYG 430
    • D HYG 431
    • D HYG 440
    • D HYG 468