Why study Dental Hygiene at Dalhousie?

The Faculty of Dentistry was founded in 1908 and is home to one of Canada’s largest and most modern community dental clinics. 

The two-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) program teaches you the skills you need to provide and promote total health through the maintenance of optimal oral health. The program emphasizes prevention on an individual basis, while also addressing the needs of the larger community.

After completing the DDH program, you’ll have the option to apply to a limited-enrolment, one-year degree completion program. This Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) gives you the opportunity to further your studies in the field and is a foundation for graduate studies.

The DDH program gives you an education that is current, dynamic, scientific, and professional, in a learning environment that is positive and student-centered. Part of the curriculum involves attending extramural rotations at a variety of sites:

  • nearby regional hospitals;
  • faculty-operated community-based clinics;
  • seniors’ community facilities;
  • dental specialty clinics;
  • a military clinic;
  • and a clinic in northern Newfoundland and Labrador operated by the Grenfell Dental Service.

The DDH is a two-year program leading to eligibility for license to practice dental hygiene, and is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

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