Develop the knowledge, skills and judgement to become a self-regulated health professional. A large part of your training will include hands-on clinical practice. Students work with clients from the community on-site in Canadore’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, where they offer free dental hygiene services as they put their clinical theory into practice. Graduates are in high demand, finding employment in dental offices, hospitals, and research institutes. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
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What You Learn
OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U. Gr 11 or 12. Gr 11 or 12 Math (M) (C) or (U), (MCF 3M, MBF 3C, MCR 3U, MAP 4C, MCT 4C, MCB 4U, MGA 4U MDM 4U). Biology (C) or (U), (SBI 3C, SBI 3U, SBI 4U) and one of the following two(2) sciences: Chemistry: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SCH 3U,SCH 4U, SCH 4C); Physics: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SPH 3U, SPH 4U, SPH 4C
Priority of Admissions
The Council of Regents for the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology has established priorities for admission according to the following order of preference:
- permanent residents of Ontario
- permanent residents of other Canadian provinces and territories
- students from other countries
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A completed Canadore College Health Centre form including medical history, immunization record, Hepatitis B vaccination, and a two-step Tuberculosis (TB) test is required.
- Students require Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training (min. level C) and proof of current WHMIS training. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
- Although Canadore College does not require an official police check for this program, many placement agencies do require this background check. In addition, many professional regulatory authorities also require this information and may refuse to grant a certificate of registration to practice in Ontario based on the results of this information. For more information refer to the website for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.
The Dental Hygiene program is considered to be an oversubscribed program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and as such applicants must be applicants must be Canadian Citizens.
This information is for reference purposes only. While it reflects accurate information at the time of posting, Canadore College reserves the right to alter information including requirements at any time
Semester One - Fall:
DHP 100 Preclinical Theory I
DHP 110 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice I
DHP 111 Oral Anatomy
DHP 112 Dental Hygiene Profession
DHP 113 Head and Neck Anatomy
DHP 118 Materials for Dental Hygiene Practice
DHP 115 Microbiology for Dental Hygienists
CMM 125College Communication I
IAP 100 Anatomy and Physiology
Semester Two - Winter:
DHP 120 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice II
DHP 121 Preclinical Theory II
DHP 125 Oral Histology and Embryology
DHP 124 Principles of Radiography
DHP 123 Oral Health Education
DHP 126 Professional Communication and Dental Computer Software
HUM 200 Group Dynamics
IAP 120 Anatomy and Physiology
Semester Three - Fall:
DHP 230 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice I
DHP 234 Advanced Radiography
DHP 231 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
DHP 232 Pathophysiology for the Dental Hygienist
DHP 237 Periodontics I
DHP 238 Advanced Clinical Materials
DHP 235 Dietary Counselling for the Dental Hygienist
Semester Four - Winter:
DHP 240 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II
DHP 247Periodontics II
DHP 245Ethics for the Dental Hygienist
DHP 249 Oral Pathology
BTN 415Scientific Literacy
DHP 241Oral Health Care in Canada
DHP 246Foundations of Community Practice
DHP 243Dental Hygiene Management of Diverse Populations
Semester Five - Fall:
DHP 350 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III
DHP 352 Orthodontics and Other Specialties
DHP 353 Evidence Based Decision Making
CLT 100Canada's First Peoples
PSY 112Human Development for Health Educators I
Semester Six - Winter:
DHP 360 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation
DHP 365 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice and Jurisprudence
DHP 361 Business for the Dental Hygienist
Human Development for Health Educators II
GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.
Dental Hygiene Programs in Ontario’s Colleges
A: Dental hygiene is a regulated health profession in Canada; therefore to become a dental hygienist, one must demonstrate one’s knowledge and abilities (competencies) in Dental Hygiene in order to be registered to practise. Specific competencies and standards of performance have been set by the regulating bodies as the “entry-to-practice standard”.
In order to earn registration to professionally practise as a dental hygienist, one must first of all successfully complete a Dental Hygiene program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Hygiene Accreditation Canada (CDAC). Once a student has completed the program, s/he must then write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination that is administered three times a year by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination Board.
A: Completion of Dental Hygiene earns an Ontario College Diploma
A: Dental Hygiene is a 6-semester program. Each college determines how the six academic semesters are scheduled in relation to the calendar year at that college. Some are offering the program over three years with a full semester of vacation each year. Others have compressed the duration by shortening or removing periods of vacation to enable quicker completion of the program in less than three years. Check with an individual college to determine how it schedules the Dental Hygiene program.
A: For students entering the program in September 2011 and thereafter, the Dental Hygiene program length is 6 semesters --or levels -- to accommodate additions and adjustments to the curriculum necessitated by changes to the Entry to Practice Competencies and Standards and the provincial College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario’s (CDHO’s) Standards of Practice (January 2011). Progression through the curriculum is scheduled according to stages or levels that align with traditional 2-semester academic years. The 6 semesters may be scheduled over 3 academic years with the traditional 1-semester vacation each year or they may be scheduled in a compressed version to enable completion in less than 3 years. Each college’s schedule of progression through the curriculum semesters or levels is determined locally.
A: The curriculum has been extended to accommodate revised learning outcomes and elements of performance that will prepare students to meet the revised (2010) national Entry to Practice Competencies and Standards and the provincial College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario’s (CDHO’s) Standards of Practice (January 2011).
A: The new curriculum will ensure community college programs maintain their accredited status (from 2013 on) with the Commission on Dental Hygiene Accreditation Canada (CDAC) and that graduates are prepared adequately for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination.
A: When you graduate from an accredited school and pass the National Dental Hygiene Certification exam, you are then able to become registered to practise in Ontario. Graduating from an accredited program and having the NDCHBE will be recognized by other jurisdictions in Canada for purposes of registration.
A: Upon successful completion of each 2-semester stage (or segment) of the program, (traditionally, each 2-semester stage was identified as year 1, year 2 or year 3 of a program), it is anticipated that you will have met the learning outcomes of that stage of the program at other Ontario community colleges offering Dental Hygiene and you may be able to transfer directly into the next stage (year) if the receiving college has space for enrolment at the stage a transfer student would be seeking
Note: Upon application for transfer with credit for previous learning from a Dental Hygiene program at another Ontario college, the destination college will assess the applicant’s credits on a case-by-case basis. Enrolment capacity will also be a determining factor in considering applications for transfer.
Note: The scheduling within a calendar year of the corresponding stage (year) in another college may vary from the annual scheduling in your college of origin. It is important to check compatibility of the annual scheduling of the Dental Hygiene semesters if you are contemplating application for a transfer to another college.
In the case of transfer to a Dental Hygiene program offered by a college in another province, that destination college will assess credits on a case-by-case basis.
A: No, they will be able to continue practising. Some community colleges may offer courses through part-time study that cover portions of the revised curriculum that would be relevant for practising Dental Hygienists.
Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.
Note: Graduates of this program are eligible to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification examination. For more information visit www.ndhcb.ca.