Dental Hygiene

24 months
Application deadlines: March 31
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: CA$40
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$65,042
Domestic tuition: CA$33,051

Program overview

With a rewarding career in dental hygiene, you can help people live healthier lives while working in a people-oriented atmosphere. VIU’s two-year, full-time diploma program includes both academic study and clinical practice, and prepares you to work in dental clinics. The program provides education in the application of preventative and therapeutic methods of oral disease control and oral health promotion.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • Duolingo English Test
General admission requirements apply. Students must have completed the minimum requirements listed in the prerequisite list (above), or equivalent. Biology and Chemistry prerequisites must have been completed within the last 5 years (prior to admission). Submission of a Personal Profile. The Duolingo English Test (only For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) - 110

Career opportunities

Graduates can work in a number of settings including: general and specialty dental offices, self-owned independent dental hygiene practices, residential care facilities, hospitals, educational institutions, and community health agencies. RDHs may also work as self-employed contractors, researchers, or sales representatives to dental companies.

Campus location

Nanaimo , Canada