Dental Hygiene has now been approved as a three-year Advanced Diploma program, starting with the September 2017 intake. The application process will remain the same. Further changes to this page, including courses, are upcoming, and tuition and fees will be updated later this spring.
As a dental hygienist, it’s your job to provide preventive, educational and therapeutic dental hygiene services to a wide range of clients – from the very young to the very old. Whether you work in a private dental practice or for a health district, in an educational system or for a government agency, you’ll need excellent manual dexterity and good people skills.
Problem solving and critical thinking skills are vital, because a big part of your job is effectively assessing clients and providing treatment plans. Lifelong learning is also important, because you’ll participate in continuing education to stay abreast of changes in technology and techniques.
International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this high-demand program.
Dental Hygiene is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus. Classroom and lab work combined with clinical experiences and health promotion activities prepare you to deliver a high standard of service in assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene care. Your studies will focus on:
Hands-on learning in the dental clinic at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus is a great way to integrate classroom learning with real-world practice. Under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists, get first-hand experience in providing comprehensive dental hygiene care including assessment of oral health, instruction in oral self-care, exposing dental X-rays and more.
The Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program earns a two-year credit toward degree programs at the University of Regina and Athabasca University in Alberta.
Dental hygienists work in both public and private sectors. General dental practices are major employers, but there also are job opportunities in specialized dental practices, community clinics, health care institutions, educational facilities and government agencies.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Dental Hygienist||Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists (3222)||$72,800 - $93,600|
Year 1 - 38 weeks; Year 2 - 38 weeks
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
* Saskatchewan Polytechnic must receive your Candidate Portfolio by April 15.
For more information about the admission requirements and selection criteria for this program, refer to the Dental Hygiene Frequently Asked Questions.
For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Dental Hygiene Program Portfolio Guide.
You may find it helpful to print extra copies of the Validation Form for Work/Volunteer Experiences.
Year 1 - $10,400
Year 2 - $8,700
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.