The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Dentistry

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Dental Hygiene - Entry to Practice

The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty:Faculty of Dentistry
Field of Study:Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $18,815


The Entry-to-Practice Admission Option is an entry point to the UBC Dental Hygiene Degree Program open to both secondary-school graduates and applicants with postsecondary experience. The only entry-level dental hygiene degree program in Canada, it includes didactic and clinical instruction and leads to a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Science. Graduates are eligible for registration to practice with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia as registered dental hygienists.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
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 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 
  •  Grade11 Social Studies 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 
  •  Grade11 English 
  •  Grade11 International Languages 
There are no post-secondary level prerequisite courses for the Entry-to-Practice option.

For applicants who have graduated, or will be graduating, from Secondary School in BC the following secondary school courses or International Baccalaureate / Advanced Placement (IB/AP) equivalents are required:

  • English 11
  • One of: English 12, or English First Peoples 12
  • A language 11
  • Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11)
  • Anatomy and Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Chemistry 11
  • Chemistry 12
  • One of: Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
Immunizations: Tetanus/Diphtheria, Polio, MMR, Chickenpox, and Hepatitis B. Negative TB skin test.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* 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 January 18, 2023