Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene FAQs
YES, the Dental Hygiene Program offered at the VCDH has been granted Accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
Students that graduate from an Accredited Dental Hygiene Program in Canada automatically will be granted permission to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Exam with the NDHCB. Since VCDH is an accredited institution with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada this allows students to write their board exam up to four months prior to the completion of the program.
Once the student successfully passes the National Examination, they can apply for their license with the College of Dental Hygienist’s of British Columbia or the province of choice.
In addition, because VCDH is an accredited institution it allows the students to also write the National Board examination in the USA.
A Non Accredited Institution graduate must successfully pass the National Board exam (written) and also complete a practical examination held by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia. There are additional fees associated with completing the practical exam.
Yes, there is a fee associated with writing the NDHCB exam and is the full responsibility of the student separate of the fees payable to the VCDH for the dental hygiene program.
The Dental Hygiene Program offered at the VCDH is only 18.5 months (76 weeks) in duration.
VCDH does not take summer vacations off. The Dental Hygiene program consists of four semesters with only one week off in between. Students find this system to work best for their needs. The advantages to this is that students can complete their program up to 6 months earlier than other programs, students do not forget how to study in between time off and the graduate can commence their career sooner.
Upon successfully completing the program offered at the VCDH, the graduate will receive an Official Diploma from the dental hygiene program.
The dental hygiene program runs continuous for the 18.5 months. There are one week breaks given in between the 4 semesters to the students, therefore 3 weeks in total. If the program runs during the Christmas holidays, then the students will be given the time off in and around Christmas and New Year’s. Students prefer this continuous program because they believe that if they have committed themselves to studying, then they would rather go straight thru the program and finish so that they can commence their career as a dental hygienist sooner.
The total program cost is $39,100.00. This includes everything from tuition, textbooks, insurance, instruments and clinical fees.
The VCDH only accepts certified cheque and/or money orders for tuition payments.
There are no hidden fees at the VCDH. We believe that the student should know what their financial situation is well in advance so that they can prepare themselves for the financial commitment of the dental hygiene program.
The applicant must fill out an application form and must successfully achieve a 70% or higher on the entrance exam in order to be granted an interview. During the interview, the student will be asked a series of questions to determine if the student can communicate, comprehend the English language, determine the applicants knowledge about the profession, determine the applicants attitude as well to determine if the individual will be most likely to succeed in this program.
No! The admission process is FREE!
The entrance examination is a multiple choice examination. It includes basic English questions, reading comprehension, basic biology, spatial relation questions.
Spatial relation type questions can be found in the DAT books that Dentists may study from prior to getting accepted into the dentistry program. The section on basic biology is equivalent to Grade 12 science which is offered in most high schools.
There are 52 students that are accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program.
When the students participate in the theory portion of the program, all students are taught together to ensure consistency in a lecture format. Whereas, whenever there is clinical or hands on component, the students are split up into two groups of 26 students. In the clinic, there is a 1 to 6 teacher to student ratio.
The VCDH clinic environment has 26 dental chairs to ensure that each student has use of their own dental chair during their clinical studies. In addition the students have an additional 5 dental chairs for their Radiology labs (X-ray).
There are six University pre-requisites that are required prior to entering into the
dental hygiene program offered at the VCDH. They are as follows:
6 Chemistry with Lab credits
6 First Year Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab credits
6 First Year Psychology credits
6 First Year English credits
3 First Year Statistics credits
3 Elective credits
The VCDH has no preference as to where your credits are achieved as long as they are University transfer courses.
The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene has 26 fully operational dental chairs which includes 6 digital radiographic units within the clinic. This allows each student access to their own dental chair.
The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene only requires that the individual has received their University Credits with a passing grade.
Once the student is enrolled into the Dental Hygiene Program, they must achieve a 70% average in order to be successful in their program. In addition the Radiology Lab component must be successfully passed by achieving 80%.
The Dental Hygiene standards at VCDH have been set high so that our graduates are well
prepared for the National Board examination.
The success rate of VCDH students on the National Board Examination is above the national average. VCDH is proud of this achievement!
In addition, VCDH wants to ensure that the graduate is competent and feels comfortable when they complete the program and commence working as a dental hygienist.
There are many provinces and or states that require the students to have their first
year university transfer courses. If a student attends the dental hygiene program
at the TCDHA in Ontario, then the student is not required to take their first year
university transfer courses prior to applying. In Ontario, the Dental Hygiene Programs
are considered direct entry programs, meaning that the applicant can apply directly
from high school and does not need any pre-requisites.
The student would attend the dental hygiene program and once successfully completing the program would be offered an official diploma from the accredited program. The individual would then be required to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Exam and pass.
The graduate could register within Ontario to get their Dental Hygiene Registration or they could return to their province or state and apply for their dental hygiene registration in the province that they would like to practice.
Does Ontario offer the Local Anesthetic course?
No. In Ontario, local anesthetic in not a course that is required to be taken since dental hygienists in Ontario cannot practice this procedure. Therefore, if the graduate is returning to a province that this is a requirement, then the student would still be allowed to register and practice in the province. However, they would be given a certain period of time (approximately 2 years ) to complete a local anesthetic course.
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