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Degree Requirements

1. Entry-to-Practice Option

Successful applicants to the Dental Hygiene Degree Program via the Entry-to-Practice Option will complete a full-time four-year program that includes didactic and clinical instruction. The Faculty expects that students will register in a full course load to complete the degree in four years. Upon successful completion of the degree, a student will be eligible to apply to register to practice as a dental hygienist. Students admitted via this option will complete their studies at the UBC Vancouver Campus through on-campus, distributed learning, and community outreach instructional delivery.

First Year

Biology 153 7
Chemistry 121 4
DHYG 106 Basics of Oral Microbiology 3
DHYG 108 Oral Health Sciences I 3
DHYG 110 Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice I 3
English 112 (3 credits, plus 3 additional first-year English credits) 6
Psychology 101 3
Psychology 102 3
Total Credits 32

Second Year

DHYG 206 Head & Neck Anatomy 3
DHYG 208 Oral Health Sciences II 12
DHYG 210 Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice II 18
Statistics 203 3
Total Credits 36

Third Year

DHYG 310 Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice III 18
DHYG 325 Applied Pharmacology 3
DHYG 400 Policy Analysis and Change 3
DHYG 401 Oral Epidemiology 6
DHYG 435 Oral Pathology and Medicine 3
DHYG 461 Literature Review I 4
Total Credits 37

Fourth Year

DHYG 405 Oral Microbiology & Immunology 3
DHYG 410 Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice IV 18
DHYG 412 Oral Health Care Trends & Topics 6
DHYG 462 Literature Review II 4
Electives1 6
Total Credits 37
1 Of the 6 elective credits required in the program, all must be chosen from offerings within or approved by the Faculty. Elective credits must be taken in Year 4 Winter session or in the Summer session between Year 3 and Year 4. Courses taken prior to entry to the program will not be credited toward elective requirements.

2. Direct Entry Option

Note: The Faculty of Dentistry is not accepting applications to the Direct Entry Admission Option at this time.

Students entering the Program will complete the degree requirements through a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and the dental hygiene programs of Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, and Vancouver Community College. The Faculty expects students to register in a full course load in order to complete their degree requirements in 4 years. The first year of the Direct Entry option is taken at UBC and consists of 33 credits of coursework. Students who have successfully completed the first year of the program will advance to one of the three Colleges for the second and third years (September to June each year). Assignment to one of the three partner Colleges will be made by the University. Student preferences for College location will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. The fourth year of the program is taken at UBC through on-campus, distributed learning and community outreach instructional delivery.

First Year

The first year of the Direct Entry Option consists of the following Arts and science courses taken at UBC:
English 100-level1 6
Biology 153 7
Chemistry 100-level 8
Psychology 100 or 200 6
Statistics 203 3
Electives 3
Total Credits 33
1 ENGL 112 (3 credits, plus 3 additional first-year English credits)

Second and Third Year

A combination of academic and clinical studies in the following subjects taken at one of the partner community colleges.

  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Embryology and Histology
  • Oral Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • General Pathology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Dental Materials
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Community Health
  • Health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry
  • Literature Review and Interpretation of Research
  • Interpersonal Skills and Advanced Communication
  • Dental Specialties
  • Practice Management

Fourth Year

The fourth year of the direct entry option includes advanced studies at UBC through on-campus, distributed learning, and community outreach instructional delivery modes. The fourth year builds upon concepts introduced previously. Coursework includes core and elective courses:
DHYG 401 Oral Epidemiology 2/5
DHYG 404 Dental Hygiene Practice II 6
DHYG 405 Oral Microbiology & Immunology 3
DHYG 435 Oral Medicine & Pathology 3
DHYG 462 Literature Review II 4
EPSE 482/HCEP 4001 Statistics 3
Electives2,3,4 9
Total Credits 30
1 f DHYG 401 (5) not taken.
2 Electives must be UBC courses (transfer credit is not permitted) and may be taken in areas of interest such as health promotion, residential care, geriatrics, community health, adult education, health care ethics, inter-professional education, behavioural sciences, economics, etc. Electives may be taken on campus or through distance education at UBC.
3 Faculty of Dentistry courses subject to sufficient enrolment include: DHYG 400 (6) Current Issues in Oral Health Sciences; DHYG 433 (3) Assessment & Treatment Planning for Advanced Periodontal Diseases; DENT 407 (6) Oral Health Care in Residential Care Settings.
4 Interprofessional courses are highly recommended. See Health Disciplines for a complete list of IHHS courses.

3. Dental Hygiene Degree Completion (Category 1 or 2) Option (for Dental Hygiene Diploma Graduates)

Category 1 - Students who have completed 30 credits of university transfer prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses to be eligible to apply for graduation. Coursework includes core and elective courses:
DHYG 401 Oral Epidemiology 6
DHYG 405 Oral Microbiology and Immunology 3
DHYG 412 Oral Health Care Trends and Topics 6
DHYG 435 Oral Medicine & Pathology 3
DHYG 462 Literature Review II 4
Electives1 9
Total Credits 31
1 Electives must be UBC courses (transfer credit is not permitted). All elective courses must be chosen from offerings within, or approved by, the Faculty.

Category 2 - Students who have NOT completed 30 credits of university transfer prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses to be eligible to apply for graduation. Course work includes core and elective courses:
DHYG 400 Policy Analysis and Change 6
DHYG 401 Oral Epidemiology 2/5
DHYG 402 Dental Hygiene Practice I 6
DHYG 404 Dental Hygiene Practice II 6
DHYG 405 Oral Microbiology and Immunology 3
DHYG 433 Assessment and Treatment Planning for Advanced Periodontal Diseases 3
DHYG 435 Oral Medicine & Pathology 3
DHYG 461 Literature Review I 4
DHYG 462 Literature Review II 4
ENGL 301 Technical and Business Writing (or equivalent) 3
EPSE 482/HCEP 4001 Statistics (or equivalent) 3
IHHS 401 Biomedical Ethics (or equivalent) 3
Electives1<.sup< 15
Total Credits 61
1 If DHYG 401 (5) not taken.
2 Electives may be taken in areas of interest such as health promotion, residential care, geriatrics, community health, adult education, health care ethics, inter-professional education, behavioural sciences, economics, etc. Some core courses and electives may be taken on campus or through distance education at UBC, BC Open University, or other recognized universities. Permission of the Program Director is required for all non-UBC courses.
3 Faculty of Dentistry courses subject to sufficient enrolment include: DENT 407 (6) - Oral Health Care in Residential Care Settings.
4 Interprofessional courses are highly recommended. Visit Health Disciplines for a complete list of IHHS courses.

4. International Degree Completion

Students must complete the following courses to be eligible to apply for graduation. Coursework includes core and elective courses:
DHYG 400 Policy Analysis and Change 6
DHYG 401 Oral Epidemiology 6
DHYG 402 Dental Hygiene Practice I 6
DHYG 405 Oral Microbiology & Immunology 3
DHYG 412 Oral Health Care Trends and Topics 6
DHYG 433 Assessment and Treatment Planning for Advanced Periodontal Diseases 3
DHYG 435 Oral Medicine & Pathology 3
DHYG 461 Literature Review I 4
DHYG 462 Literature Review II 4
ENGL 301 Technical & Business Writing 3
PHIL 433 Biomedical Ethics 3
Electives1 15
Total Credits 62
1 Electives must be UBC courses (transfer credit is not permitted). All elective courses must be chosen from offerings within, or approved by, the Faculty.

The Faculty will recommend to Senate the granting of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Degree in Dental Hygiene) to students who have satisfactorily completed the academic requirements.

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