The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene is part of Canada’s largest private educational facility dedicated to the highest standards of dental hygiene education. Dental hygienists work with clients and can treat them independently of the dentist, with certain restrictions.
Dental Hygiene is a dynamic and challenging health care profession that allows for a wide range of practice environments. These include general dental practices, speciality offices, independent dental hygiene clinics, research and education, and public health positions.
Dental hygienists perform many client services, including scaling and root planing (cleaning teeth), oral self-care education, placing sealants, and whitening teeth.
Dental hygienists are in high demand and by upgrading skills, a dental hygienist can take on additional duties and responsibilities. Once a graduate registers with the British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals (BCCOHP), their skills are well remunerated.
The British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals (BCCOHP) is the regulatory body for dental hygiene in British Columbia. In order to practice dental hygiene in the Province, a person must be registered with the BCCOHP.
The practice of dental hygiene is regulated under the Health Professions Act, 1995.
Link to regulators website (BCCOHP)
The VCDH curriculum is delivered in a manner that fosters independent and critical thinking, preparing the student for clinical, evidence based decision making.
Upon completion of the program, the dental hygiene practitioner will exhibit analytical skills, broad-based perspectives, and enhanced abilities to integrate theory, research and practice in the process of care based on individual needs.
This includes hands on teaching for students who will develop technical mastery in the nonsurgical management of periodontal disease and excellence in client care delivery. The program promotes a learning centered environment and encourages learning to be a life-long activity.
The faculty members are professionals in the dental field that include British Columbia Registered Dental Hygienists, British Columbia Licensed Dentists and other Highly qualified health professionals chosen based on experience and their educational background.
Why Choose Us
According to the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s 2023 Labour Survey, the average wage for a Dental Hygienist is $49.69/hour.
Dental Hygiene Course Details
The Dental Hygiene Program offered at The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Inc. is approximately eighteen months in duration. It is presented in four semesters of nineteen weeks each. There is a one week break in between semesters.
Full time program course length: 18 months
Benefits & Advantages
- 20,000 square foot educational facility
- 26 new computerized dental chairs
- 6 chairs with x-ray units
- Pre-Clinic Lab with 26 Mannequin head stations
- Large and small classroom size
- 1000 square foot student lounge and locker area
- Reference Library with free high speed Internet Access
- Computer lab room with 12 Dell terminals with Internet Access
- Latest computer software programs
- Projection screens with multimedia education presentations
- Staff lounge and administration offices
- Free Student e-mail
- Free online job placement network
- Easy transportation
- 30 parking spaces
- Close to Skytrain station and major auto routes