Rady Faculty of Health Sciences: School of Dental Hygiene
School of Dental Hygiene

Program description

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is a 3-year program that prepares students to work as dental hygienists in a variety of employment settings. Dental hygiene is a self-regulated health service profession concerned primarily with the prevention of oral disease and the promotion of optimum oral health. As a licensed professional, the dental hygienists' scope of practice is regulated by provincial legislation. The dental hygiene process of care consists of five components: assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate, which guide dental hygiene practice in every setting. Dental hygienists work in private dental offices, community health centres, educational institutions, personal care homes and various other environments.

Program options

Degree options

Diploma in Dental Hygiene - 3 years
B.Sc.DH Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Degree Completion Program

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Oral and Dental Anatomy
  • Microbiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Periodontology  

Professional opportunities

  • Clinical dental hygiene
  • Dental hygiene educator
  • Oral health researcher
  • Community health program development

Admission requirements

Visit the Dental Hygiene Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply. 

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The only dental hygiene program in the province, the University of Manitoba's School of Dental Hygiene educates students in state-of-the-art preclinical laboratories and clinics providing students with technologically advanced and hands-on training. Students benefit from an education provided by highly trained researchers and clinicians with specialized expertise in their respective fields. Educators in the School of Dental Hygiene are leaders in the profession locally and internationally. Diploma graduates may opt to return to the School of Dental Hygiene to complete their degree. 

Important links

College of Dentistry
School of Dental Hygiene
Graduate Programs