To assure the health, safety and welfare of the public, the British Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association (BCDHA) contends that entry-to-practice dental hygiene education programs should:
- include a minimum of three academic years of post-secondary education in a recognized institution of higher learning
- be an accredited dental hygiene program that meets current provincial and national learning outcomes and competencies
- prepare graduates for a full process of dental hygiene care using research-based decision-making principles
- transfer to higher education within the BC transfer system
The BCDHA previously developed a policy on Dental Hygiene Education that may be of interest to prospective dental hygiene students. Click here to read this archived document. BCDHA also supports the vision of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, which asserts the need for increased access to bachelor degree programs, complemented by master, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies that allow dental hygienists to use and expand their growing body of knowledge. Click here to review the reports and recommendations of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association related to education.