School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Dental Hygiene

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work with real clients in Canadore's Dental Clinic


Develop the knowledge, skills, and judgement needed 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.

Your Future Career

  • Private practice
  • Community health services
  • Hospitals
  • Collective living centres
  • Research and teaching institutes

What You Learn

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

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

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, Grade 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)

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

DHP100 Preclinical Theory I
DHP110 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice I
DHP111 Oral Anatomy
DHP112 Dental Hygiene Profession
DHP113 Head and Neck Anatomy
DHP118 Materials for Dental Hygiene Practice
DHP115 Microbiology for Dental Hygienists
CMM125 College Communication I
IAP100 Anatomy & Physiology

Semester 2

DHP120 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice II
DHP121 Preclinical Theory II
DHP125 Oral Histology and Embryology
DHP124 Principles of Radiography
DHP123 Oral Health Education
DHP126 Professional Communication and Dental Computer Software
HUM200 Group Dynamics
IAP120 Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3

DHP230 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice I
DHP234 Advanced Radiography
DHP231 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
DHP232 Pathophysiology for the DH
DHP237 Periodontics I
DHP238 Advanced Clinical Materials
DHP235 Dietary Counselling for the Dental Hygienist

Semester 4

DHP240 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II
DHP247 Periodontics II
DHP245 Ethics for the Dental Hygienist
DHP249 Oral Pathology
BTN415 Scientific Literacy
DHP241 Oral Health Care in Canada
DHP246 Foundations of Community Practice
DHP243 Dental Hygiene Care for Diverse Populations

Semester 5

DHP350 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III
DHP352 Orthodontics and other Specialties
DHP353 Evidence Based Decision Making
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
PSY112 Human Development for Health Educators I

Semester 6

CLINICAL Choose DHP360 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation or DHP370 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consultation Abroad
DHP365 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice and Jurisprudence
DHP361 Business for the Dental Hygienist
PSY222 Human Development for Health Educators II
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DH Sem 6)

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $6395.7 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $3030 - $10612.42
2 $6395.7 $911.72 - 1051.72 $1500 - $8947.42
3 $6395.7 $911.72 - 1051.72 $500 - $7947.42

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $21109.52 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $3030 - $25913.24
2 $21109.52 $1561.72 - 1638.72 $1500 - $24248.24
3 $21109.52 $1561.72 - 1638.72 $500 - $23248.24

Welcome Package with Required Documentation 2020-2021

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. View Semester 1 Booklist

You will also need:

  • 2 Health Care Uniforms with Short Sleeves - apx. $70.00
  • Full-length White Lab Coat - apx. $25.00
  • 2 Plastic Clipboards - apx. $15.00
  • HCP CPR - apx. $80.00
  • Standard First Aid Certification - apx. $80.00
  • Health Clearance Card from Campus Health Centre - $35.00
  • Soft-sole Duty Shoes - apx. $60.00
  • Manual Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope - apx. $150.00
  • Safety Glasses with Side Shield - apx. $10.00
  • Current WHMIS
  • Health Immunications– Cost will vary
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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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