What will I learn?
Small class sizes and individualized attention from members of the Faculty of Dentistry ensure that each student is challenged throughout the course of his or her studies. Our faculty members are world-renowned within their areas of specialty, and they are teaching at Dalhousie because of a great desire to contribute both to our students' education and to the field of dentistry.
In the two-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) program, classes cover a wide variety of topics in the dental as well as medical professions, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills you need to become a qualified dental hygienist.
In the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) one-year completion program, your class schedule might include alternative practice settings, entrepreneurship and teaching methodologies.
- Visit the Academic Calendar for a list of our current course offerings
Your classroom experience in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry will be more than just desks and a whiteboard. And you won’t have to lug heavy textbooks with you to each class—your tuition includes a laptop computer that holds electronic versions of all the texts you’ll need for the courses in your program.
Besides the laptop, the Faculty of Dentistry provides state-of-the-art facilities for students its Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) and Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) programs. Whichever program you’re in, you’ll be using the most up-to-date equipment available, from curing lights to prosthodontic materials. Some of the equipment and technologies you’ll be using are the results of research done by the Faculty’s own professors.
In your second year of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene program, you'll spend part of every day in the Dalhousie Dental Clinic, where you’ll work on real patients. The clinic stocks everything you’ll need to asses and treat dental disease, as well as provide preventative care. The clinic provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in lectures, as well as the practical knowledge learned in labs. And if you opt for the mindfulness elective, you’ll have additional strategies for dealing with the demands and challenges of clinic care, including relaxation techniques for anxious patients.