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Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization)

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Why get a Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) degree?

Why study Dental Hygiene at the University of Alberta?

The School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta offers a fully accredited program, with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-service dental clinic. We also value giving back and community involvement: our Dental Hygiene students become community partners early in their learning by volunteering with non-profit organizations, going on Global Missions, working with children and seniors, and providing services to the public.

Possible Careers

  • Dental Hygienist

Megan, from Wainwright, is a Medicine student, mental health advocate, and volunteer. As an undergrad, Megan spent four summers in Ecuador working with a non-profit, shadowing physicians and volunteering with rural housing construction. Now, she's back at the U of A to complete her degree.

Non-Direct Entry

These programs require at least one year of pre-professional study before you can be admitted.

Important information about admission to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

There is no direct entry from high school into the Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Specialization program. Students will first need to complete a year of university study and complete courses in English, introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, sociology, psychology, statistics and biology.

Note: Applicants to the Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) program must apply using the online application.

Alberta Grade 12 Preparation:
It is recommended that students have the following Grade 12 subjects in order to complete the prerequisites: English Language Arts 30-1, Mathematics 30-1, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30.

Preprofessional Study Time: 1 years

At least 1 year of transferable, postsecondary, full-time study required (30, of which 24 must be taken full-time in one Fall/Winter) ( = units of course weight).

  1. English (6)
  2. Organic Chemistry (3)
  3. General Chemistry (3)
  4. BIOL 107 or equivalent
  5. Sociology (3)
  6. Psychology (3)
  7. Statistics (3)
  8. Option for any faculty (★6)

Students currently enrolled in the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program have the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) if they successfully complete the three-year diploma program with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and also successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination (Canadian).

Provisions: None of the courses used toward the Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) requirement have been used for credit toward another degree.

Additional Requirements:

For complete details, see Undergraduate Admission in the U of A Calendar.

Admission Selection: Competitive. Applicant profiles are made up of the following:

  1. Overall GPA achieved on all transferable postsecondary work completed as a full-time student while taken during Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer Terms. For overall GPA calculation full-time study is equivalent to a minimum of 18 taken during Fall/Winter Terms or 12 taken during Spring/Summer Terms.
  2. Personal interview and interview score

In order to be competitive, applicants should strive for a GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 2.7 will not be considered.

For more information on the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) program, see the U of A Calendar the Dental Hygiene website.


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