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Estd 1818Established Year

Diploma (Dental Hygiene)

 2 years
 full time
 on campus

Field of Study

Offered by     Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University

$ 60,910 

1st Year

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Program Description

  • Dalhousie University offers a Diploma of Dental Hygiene for a duration of 2 years.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis.
  • The university now offers a 1-year degree completion program in dental hygiene and graduates are awarded a bachelor of dental hygiene degree.
  • In Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry, students will be benefited from a current, dynamic, scientific, and professional education in a learning environment that is positive and student-centered.
  • The two-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) program teaches students the skills they need to provide and promote total health through the maintenance of optimal oral health.
  • Students will learn about a wide variety of topics in the dental and medical professions.
  • An emphasis is placed on technology, hands-on experience, and applications students will use in their careers, such as digital patient health records.
  • Samples courses that diploma students can take are:
    • Nutrition for Preventive Dentistry
    • Oral Anatomy and Dental Histology
    • Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Students will also learn in state-of-the-art facilities, such as Dalhousie’s Dental Clinic, that have the most updated equipment available, from curing lights to prosthodontic materials.
  • The program makes students eligible for a license to practice dental hygiene and is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).
  • Job opportunities after the Diploma of Dental Hygiene are Dental Health Policy Advisor, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, etc and the average salary goes up to 38,105 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Diploma
Duration2 years
Fees$ 118,957 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake September (Deadline - Apr 01)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
Offered by Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students must complete a secondary school (Grade 12).
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in five academic Grade 12 courses is required.
  • A final grade of at least 70% in Grade 12 academic English and any other required subject is compulsory to get admission in this program.

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they have any one of the following certificates:

  • All-India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
  • Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
  • Or, another Senior Secondary School Certificate awarded after Standard XII

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required document:

  • Online application form and fees: Students have to fill the online form and submit the application fees.
  • Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Two Professional References: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
  • Personal Statement: It should include a brief overview of themselves, strengths, and any work experience and/or education that students have.
  • Transcripts: Students have to submit transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, World Education Services Assessments, and English Language Proficiency test scores.
  • Confirmation of Employment Form:  Students must be emailed as an attachment by applicant or referee.
  • Supplementary Information: Students are required to complete the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry Immunization/CPR Record.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Apr 01

Scores Required

90 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tution fee$60910$56023
Books and supplies$1012$1012
Total fee$61922$57035

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 8,171


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Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020

VISA & Work Study


  • Students are required to get a study visa to study in Canada.
  • They may also need a Temporary Resident VISA (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
  • The cost of the study visa is 112 USD and it is valid for the length of the study program, plus an extra 90 days.
  • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
    • Dalhousie acceptance letter
    • Valid passport
    • Financial Evidence
    • A letter from their sponsoring agency 
    • Documents showing strong ties to their home country

Work Study

Students must have a work-study visa to work in Canada.

  • On-Campus Work: Students enrolled full time are eligible to work on-campus. Students can work no more than 10-15 hours per week.
  • Off-Campus Work: Students who are continually enrolled full time at Dalhousie University are eligible to work off-campus. Students can work 20 hours a week or full time during a scheduled break.
  • Co-Op Work Visa: If students are required to work as an integral part of the studies or enrolled in a co-op program, they may be permitted to work off-campus full time. Students will need a co-op work visa.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible careers in dental hygiene include the following:

  • Clinical or Mobile Dental Hygienists
  • Health Educator or Advocate
  • Dental Health Policy Advisor
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Therapists

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