School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Dental Hygiene

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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.

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

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 either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Semester 1

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 125 College Communications I
IAP 100 Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2

DHP 120 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice II
DHP 121 Preclinical Theory II
DHP 125 Oral History 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 3

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 4

DHP 240 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II
DHP 247 Periodontics II
DHP 245 Ethics for the Dental Hygienist
DHP 249 Oral Pathology
BTN 415 Scientific Literacy
DHP 241 Oral Health Care in Canada
DHP 246 Foundations of Community Practice
DHP 243 Dental Hygiene Management of Diverse Populations

Semester 5

DPH 350 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III
DPH 352 Orthodontics and Other Specialties
DHP 353 Evidence Based Decision Making
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
PSY 112 Human Development for Health Educators I

Semester 6

DHP 360 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation
DHP 365 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice and Jurisprudence
DHP 361 Business for Dental Hygienist
PSY 222 Human Development for Health Educators II
GENED General Education Elective - Online
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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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139