Dental Hygienist

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta to practice as a Dental Hygienist. Only registered members may call themselves Dental Hygienist. 

What are the requirements for internationally educated Dental Hygienists?

Internationally educated dental hygienists must: 

1. Write and achieve the required passing score on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination.
2. Apply to the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta.    

What is the role of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board NDHCB?        

The NDHCB is the agency responsible for the development and administration of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam.  The written NDHCE tests the candidate's ability to apply his/her knowledge as a beginning practitioner to solve oral health care problems and answer questions related to dental hygiene practice. The examination is based on dental hygiene competencies.  

For complete information on the  National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam visit the Exam Eligibility page on the NDHCB website.

What are the registration requirements with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta?

Applicants must: 

Successfully achieve the required passing score on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination.
Submit an International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) evaluation. 
For additional registration information read: Registration Information for Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Hygiene Programs pdf.   

Note: All applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta for further information and an application form. 

What are the educational requirements for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. 

In Alberta, the University of Alberta offers a Dental Hygiene diploma program and a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Dental Hygiene specialization program. 

Additional Occupational Information

For more information on occupations, duties and wages, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service at www.alis.alberta.ca and Immigrate to Alberta website. 

What resources are available for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta, (CRDHA registration page)                website: http://www.crdha.ca

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) website: http://www.cdha.ca 

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca