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    Faculty

    • Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

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    Degree

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

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    Expected duration

    3 years

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    Program options

    • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Degree Completion Program
    • International exchanges
    • Community outreach programs

Program details

The School of Dental Hygiene offers education and training leading to a Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

Dental hygiene is a self-regulated health service profession. As a licensed professional, the dental hygienists' scope of practice is regulated by provincial legislation.

Expected duration: 3 years

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene program requires the completion of all required prerequisites or equivalents as listed in the Applicant Information Bulletin and clinical experience.

After successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination, in Manitoba, graduates must apply to the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba for a license to practice as a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists must fulfill the requirements of the respective provincial regulatory authorities licensing bodies. The minimum educational credential for licensure in the province of Manitoba is the Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

Licensed dental hygienists may continue their education by completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Sample course offerings

  • HYGN 1232: Oral and Dental Anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • HYGN 1236: Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice I (4 credit hours)
  • HYGN 1270: Biology of the Head and Neck (3 credit hours)
  • HYGN 1340: Communications (2 credit hours)
  • HYGN 1352: Community Health I (3 credit hours)
  • HYGN 2280: Pharmacology (2 credit hours)
  • HYGN 2300: Pathology (3 credit hours)
  • HYGN 2316: Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III (4 credit hours)
  • HYGN 2370: Nutrition in Dentistry (2 credit hours)
  • HYGN 2380: Pain Management (2 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Practice setting opportunities available to dental hygienists

  • Private dental offices
  • Community health centres
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home care and other outreach programs
  • Schools
  • The military
  • Research labs
  • Associations and industry centres

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Diploma in Dental Hygiene program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Direct Entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:

  • Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S, G, or U
  • A minimum 85% average over the following, with no less than 60% in each course:
    • English 40S
    • Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S
    • Chemistry 40S
    • An academic 40S course 

Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of university-level study, including several required and recommended courses at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.

We encourage you to review the Dental Hygiene advanced entry admission requirements, which provides details on:

  • Required courses for admission
  • Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) calculation and requirements
  • English language proficiency Requirements
  • Transfer credit
  • Applying as a student from another institution

If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry into the Diploma in Dental Hygiene program, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Faculty of Arts, or another program.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the Start or continue your application button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

Preference in admission is given to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. International applicants are not considered for admission except for international students who are sponsored by Canadian agencies.

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Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-8808
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Program inquiries

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry – School of Dental Hygiene, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Room D212
780 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2

dent_hygiene@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-789-3683
Fax: 204-789-3948