Dental Hygiene


Free Program Information Session

  • Next Information Session(s):
  • Tue, Nov 29, 2022 (6-7pm) - Register by Nov 28 (4pm) to receive information on how to access this session online via Zoom.  To register, email
  • Tue, Feb 21, 2023 (6-7pm) - more info will be posted closer to the date

About the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program

The Dental Hygiene Diploma is a two-year, full-time academic program. The program is offered at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University. Students will be required to complete four semesters of academic study and clinical practice, including Fall and Spring semesters. The anticipated time commitment from students is from September to April for both years one and two. Theoretical and practical class work occurs on campus and in the community from Monday to Saturday, including days and evenings.

Mission Statement

To provide the educational foundation necessary to support dental hygiene theory and practice. The program fosters critical and ethical thinking skills, professionalism, lifelong learning, and evidence-based practice through interdisciplinary collaboration.  Advocacy, oral health promotion, and disease prevention are integral components of the program.