The Dental Hygiene three-year diploma programs is designed to graduate dental hygienists who will help educate the Qatari public about the benefit of good oral health by assessing, diagnosing, implementing and evaluating dental hygiene services. A dental hygienist is an oral health professional that specializes in prevention of oral disease by providing clinical and therapeutic services and education to support oral health with the promotion of total overall health

Dental hygiene training is supplemented with seminars, lectures, laboratory sessions, clinical practice sessions, group work, independent study, problem-based learning and community outreach. Instruction will begin with gaining general health and science knowledge in the first year pre-requisite courses and advances into community and client care while working with the public in the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar Dental Clinic. In the final year, emphasis is placed on developing entry-to-practice level competencies, professionalism and skills.

CNA-Q’s Dental Hygiene program is fully aligned to the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association’s (CDHA) competencies and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada’s (CDAC) standards.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skill outlined in the dental hygiene national competency profile.
  2. Operate in a clinical environment to provide, in accordance with accepted professional standards, oral health care of high quality and appropriate to the needs of the State of Qatar.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, dentists and other members of the oral health team within the scope of the dental hygiene profession
  4. Identify patients requiring further treatment and coordinate the referral.
  5. Assess patients’ general and oral health status and correlate oral and systemic findings.
  6. Describe the initiation and progression of oral diseases, and the scientific and behavioral factors which relate to systemic conditions.
  7. Implement the dental hygiene process of care: assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate dental hygiene services.
  8. Recognize, diagnose and treat early oral and dental diseases.
  9. Use appropriate health education to promote individual and community oral health.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program are eligible to work as clinical dental hygienists within a hospital, community healthcare center, or private practice setting. Dental hygienists can also pursue careers as dental hygiene educators and researchers within public health agencies or educational institutions.

Immunization Requirements

  1. Completed medical assessment by physician to include past and present health history
  2. Proof of current immunity to following diseases:
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis A, B (include all dates)
  3. Proof of tetanus/diphtheria booster (required every 10 years)
  4. Hepatitis C and HIV screening
  5. TB screening and BCG history – Mantoux 2-step skin testing if status unknown
  6. Chest x-ray if indicated by Mantoux skin test
  7. Yearly seasonal flu vaccination strongly recommended
Note: Students will be denied access to clinical placements without medical verification of complete immunization/screening requirements.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program may have the opportunity to transfer course credits to other academic institutions. A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Registrar’s Office or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. Staff in both these offices will provide support and assistance to CNA-Q graduates seeking to further their post-secondary studies. For more information, please refer to the Program Articulation and Transfer Credit section in this Academic Calendar.

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the following:
    AverageMinimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60%
    * Biology and Chemistry (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
  2. Obtaining the required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form received within two years with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5 are exempt from taking the AEP. For score requirements on other internationally recognized tests such as TOEFL, contact the Registrar’s Office.
* Qatari Applicants who do not meet the Science requirement may be admitted to the academic preparatory curriculum, which is designed to provide upgrading in the basic skills required for successful completion of allied health programs. Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements and are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. An overall score of 71 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test, as administered and validated by the CNA-Q Testing Centre.​
  2. Present a valid Academic IELTS exam with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 4.5.
  3. Succe​ssfu​lly complete FL1090, a pass/fail language development course where the final examination is the OOPT. A score of 71 or greater is required on the OOPT​.​