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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 six semesters of academic study and clinical practice, including Fall, Spring and Intersession semesters. The anticipated time commitment from students is from September to May 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.
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.