Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Dental Hygiene

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Faculty:School of Health Sciences
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Length:100 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,920

Cost shown is for Year 1 of the program.

Careers:Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists


As a dental hygienist, it’s your job to provide preventive, educational and therapeutic dental hygiene services to a wide range of clients - from the very young to the very old. Whether you work in a private dental practice or for a health district, in an educational system or for a government agency, you’ll need excellent manual dexterity and good people skills.

Problem solving and critical thinking skills are vital, because a big part of your job is effectively assessing clients and providing treatment plans. Lifelong learning is also important, because you’ll participate in continuing education to stay abreast of changes in technology and techniques.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C)  or  Grade12 Precalculus 
Applicants are required to have: Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and one of Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30. One of Math A30, B30, C30, or Calculus 30 is also accepted.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 81] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Standard First Aid and CPR Heartsaver 'C' AED or equivalent are required prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene program and must be current to the year of the program.

Accepted applicants are also required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 10, 2022