Admission requirements

Requirements & prerequisite

  1. All of the following or their equivalents at a first-year college/university level, with an average GPA of 3.0 (“B”) with no grade lower than a “C” in any of the prerequisite courses:
    • Biology 111 and 112 (Human Anatomy and Physiology, with labs) or equivalent
    • Chemistry 111 and 112, or Chemistry 113 and 114, or equivalent
    • Psychology 101 and 102 or equivalent
    • English 103 or equivalent, plus one additional first-year English course
    • Math 104 or Psychology 201 or equivalent
    • One university-level elective
    The university transfer courses must be transferable to and from other BC institutions. Refer to the BC Transfer Guide to ensure course equivalencies from and to other educational institutions. It is highly recommended applicants discuss their first-year college/university course choices with a CNC counsellor/advisor.

March 15 is the deadline to submit documents for early conditional acceptance. At that time, the GPA score will be based on a minimum of 5 Dental Hygiene prerequisites completed. Reference letters and the Candidate’s Questionnaire (CQ) must also be completed by March 15. The CQ can be accessed online and completed at the applicant’s convenience (see the Dental Hygiene Application Package for more information). Students must still submit final transcripts for all prerequisites by May 18, verifying that all of the prerequisite courses meet the minimum admission requirements of an average GPA of 3.0 (“B”) with no grade lower than a “C”.

Two seats will be reserved for qualified aboriginal applicants.

Two seats will be reserved for qualified international student applicants.

  1. Official college forms certifying current immunizations and dental and health examinations. You will receive these forms as part of CNC’s acceptance process, and you must complete them before the program starts. You must also be vaccinated for hepatitis B.
  2. You will have to undergo a criminal record search with the BC Ministry of Public Safety at the beginning of the program. The cost of this search is your responsibility. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore not able to graduate.
  3. Upon entry into the program, students must provide documentation of CPR certification, level C (preferred) or Health Care Provider (HCP). CPR online courses are not acceptable. Students are responsible for the costs of CPR certification and to maintain certification while in the program.
  4. The costs of immunizations and criminal record checks are the responsibility of the student.
  5. The Skills and Abilities Information form must be completed. The form requires the applicant to verify that they understand the personal and physical attributes required to be successful in the program and understand the duties and responsibilities of the dental hygiene profession.

Selection process

When there are more applicants than seats available, the following criteria will be used to select 100% of the class:

  Max. points
GPA based on Dental Hygiene prerequisites (2.67–4.33 points) 4.33
Completion of the Dental Hygiene prerequisites in a consecutive 24-month period 1.00
Resident of BC or the Yukon 1.00

One of the following:

  • Completion of DENO 150, Certified Dental Assisting program, Dental Receptionist program
  • Employment in a dental office (3 months full time or equivalent)
Volunteer experience does not count
Persistent interest in the program, as shown by repeated qualified applications 1.00
Subtotal 8.33

The reference letters and Candidate’s Questionnaire for the top 50 candidates will be scored:

  • Two reference letters (0–1 point)
  • Candidate’s Questionnaire (0-2 points)

Total: 11.33

Statement of purpose

To provide the educational foundation for oral health care providers entering practice so they can have a positive impact on the health of the community and on their profession.

Applicants are advised that dental studies is a physically demanding profession which may exacerbate any hand, wrist, back, neck, or shoulder problems that an applicant might be experiencing. People with sensitive skin and conditions such as sensitivity to latex or other allergies, may be affected by some materials used in dental care. This information is provided in the event you may wish to discuss it with a health care professional.

Advanced standing

The Dental Studies Department of the College of New Caledonia believes in providing credit for previous education that directly relates to either the Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting program. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate they have previously met the goals and objectives of a particular course.

The student must approach the Curriculum Co-ordinator with the request to have his/her credentials evaluated as they relate to a course. The Curriculum Co-ordinator, in consultation with the instructor responsible for the course, will evaluate the student’s credentials. The student must provide copies of transcripts and course syllabi with course objectives as part of their credentials.

Challenges for all courses must be submitted within three weeks after the program starts. The student should attend all classes until it is determined if credit is granted. Students will be advised of the Exemption and Assessment Policy in their program acceptance letters.

Refer to “Admissions, registration and records” and “Fees” in this calendar for policy and fee information on exemptions, challenge exams, and prior learning assessment.

Dental Hygiene

  • All program requirements must be completed within five years of initial enrolment.
  • All Dental Hygiene courses must maintain a “B-” as a pass grade and any grade lower than 68.0% will result in an “F” grade.
  • Word processing and Internet experience are necessary for students registered in the program.
  • Dental Studies graduates are required to undergo criminal records searches as part of the process of licensure. Any costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • In addition to expenses of tuition, textbooks, and uniforms, students are expected to purchase their own instruments and miscellaneous clinic supplies and to cover the cost of CPR training. Specific information regarding the purchase of equipment, clinical attire, textbooks, and other costs will be provided in an acceptance letter and during the first week of class.
  • Dental hygienists need good eyesight. Before you’re accepted into the program, it’s strongly recommended that you have an eye examination and obtain corrective eyewear if needed.

Dental hygiene degree opportunities

Graduates from the College of New Caledonia Dental Hygiene Diploma program have the option of completing a Bachelor of Dental Sciences at UBC and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from TRU. For further information, go to UBC Faculty of Dentistry website at and


A student who is unsuccessful in a dental hygiene course once will be allowed to apply for re-admission to the program. Multiple course failures or a subsequent failure in dental hygiene courses will exclude the student from further study and re-admission to the program; that student may not apply again to the program under the new student category. The dental hygiene program must be completed within a five-year period.

Re-admission to the program is considered on a space-available basis and will be administered according to the following priorities:

  1. A student who has successfully completed the prerequisite courses and/or who, at the time of withdrawal maintained an overall grade of “B-” or higher, will be accorded first priority.
  2. A student who has failed a dental hygiene course or who has withdrawn from the dental hygiene course with less than a “B-” grade standing in the course will be accorded second priority.
  3. An evaluation of course work completed elsewhere will be necessary for the student requesting a transfer from another accredited dental hygiene program; the student will then be subject to the criteria above and will be accorded third priority.
  4. A student who withdraws twice from the same course, and applies for readmission to that course, will be accorded the lowest priority on the course’s waiting list.

Application procedure

Application forms may be submitted after September 15 for admission in the following year. Applicants are advised to submit their application early in the academic year. Acceptance into the program starts in mid- June for the intake in September. Official transcripts with final grades must be submitted by May 18. Only completed applications will be considered in the selection process.

Applications received after March 31 for fall entry into open enrolment programs are considered late and will be processed subject to course availability.


To be eligible for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, graduates must pass the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination.

Dental Hygiene

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full-time
  • Length: Two years
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $28,740
These fees are an estimate.

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