Dental Hygiene

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Program at a glance

Program code: 
040208
Accreditation: 
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Length of study: 
3 years
Study options: 
Full-time
Campus location: 
College Drive

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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Your Future Career

  • Private practice

  • Community health services
  • Hospitals
  • Collective living centers
  • Research and teaching institutes

What You Learn

  • Oral anatomy
  • Principles of radiography        
  • Microbiology
  • Periodontics
  • Pharmacology
  • Orthodontics for dental hygienists
Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

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


Selection Procedure

  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.


Other Requirements

  • 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.

 

Note:

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

 

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Curriculum: 

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

PSY 222

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.

FAQ: 

Dental Hygiene Programs in Ontario’s Colleges

Q: What is required to become a dental hygienist?

Q: What credential is earned by completing the Dental Hygiene program?

Q: How long is the Dental Hygiene program offered by Ontario’s colleges?

Q: Why has the length of the Dental Hygiene program changed?

Q: Why has the curriculum of the Dental Hygiene program changed from what was offered in the past?

Q: What are the advantages of the new curriculum?

Q: If I complete the new program, will I be certified to practise dental hygiene anywhere in Ontario? In Canada?

Q: If I decide to move to another college part way through my program, will my credits be recognized by other Ontario colleges? By colleges in other provinces in Canada?

Q: Will dental hygienists who are currently practising have to re-qualify under the new Standards of Practice?


Q: What is required to become a dental hygienist?

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.

Q: What credential is earned by completing the Dental Hygiene program?

A: Completion of Dental Hygiene earns an Ontario College Diploma

Q: How long is the Dental Hygiene program offered by Ontario’s colleges?

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.

Q: Why has the length of the Dental Hygiene program changed?

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.

Q: Why has the curriculum of the Dental Hygiene program changed from what was offered in the past?

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).

Q: What are the advantages of the new curriculum?

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.

Q: If I complete the new program, will I be eligible to practise Dental Hygiene anywhere in Ontario? In Canada?

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.

Q: If I decide to move to another college in Ontario part way through my program, will my credits be recognized by the other college? By colleges in other provinces in Canada?

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.

Q: Will Dental Hygienists who are currently registered have to re-qualify under the new Competencies and Standards of Practice?

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: 

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.

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Additional Credentials: 

Certification

Note: Graduates of this program are eligible to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification examination. For more information visit www.ndhcb.ca.

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