What can I do with this degree?

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) program provides you with everything you need to know to become a licenced dental hygienist anywhere in Canada, the US, or Australia. In addition to learning practical knowledge, you’ll also develop your communication skills and professionalism—so you’ll not only be prepared to write the licencing exams, but ready to work in a dental practice the minute you receive your licence.

The Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) is a one-year degree completion program. This additional education in dental hygiene will prepare you for alternate clinical practice sites, teaching, and research.

The BDH program will also provide the opportunity to go even further with your studies in the field of dental hygiene. As a BDH graduate, you’ll be prepared to work in a collaborative, inter-professional health care environment. The BDH program also offers instruction in and experience with managing diverse practice settings, as well as opportunities to work with an aging population with compromising and degenerative health concerns. You'll also have administrative career opportunities, perhaps in a hospital setting, or in provincial or federal levels of government.

The BDH program will also give you the foundation you need to access graduate studies.

Possible careers in dental hygiene include the following:

  • dental hygienist, in a clinic or mobile
  • health educator
  • health advocate
  • dental health policy advisor
Discover what our alumni have done with their degrees
Joanne Noye, RDH

Read our alumni stories to learn about some of the amazing things our former students have been up to since graduating from Dal.

Future studies

You’ll be job-market ready after completing the two-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH). But you’ll also have many options for further studies. For one thing, you’ll have all the prerequisites to be eligible for Dalhousie’s one-year Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) program. You could also go on to complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology; if you do, five credits from the DDH program can be applied toward this degree.

No matter what you decide, the DDH program’s emphasis on balancing theory and practice—using the most effective new technologies and research available—means you’ll be prepared for any challenges you might face in your future studies.

And after completing the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) program, you’ll be eligible to pursue a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Education in Public Health or another master’s degree in the sciences or area of specialization in dentistry.