Dental Hygiene

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work with real clients in Canadore's Dental Hygiene Clinic


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

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 

Looking to access our Dental Clinic? Learn more here

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U.

Gr 11 or 12 Math (M) (C) or (U), Gr 11 or 12 Biology (C) or (U), and one of the following two (2) sciences: Chemistry: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U); Physics: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U)

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

DHP240 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II
DHP241 Oral Health Care in Canada
DHP242 Introduction to Research and Evidence-Informed Practice
DHP243 Dental Hygiene Care for Diverse Populations
DHP245 Ethics for the Dental Hygienist
DHP246 Foundations of Community Practice
DHP247 Periodontics II
DHP249 Oral Pathology

Semester 5

CLT100 First People of Canada
DHP350 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III
DHP352 Orthodontics and other Specialties
DHP353 Evidence-Informed Practice
PSY112 Human Development for Health Educators I

Semester 6

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

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $6395.7 $1362.5 $3134 - $10892.2
2 $6395.7 $1200.5 $1634 - $9230.2
3 $6395.7 $1200.5 $334 - $7930.2

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $26418.9 $1942.5 $3134 - $31495.4
2 $26418.9 $1780.5 $1634 - $29833.4
3 $26418.9 $1780.5 $334 - $28533.4

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


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

View the Fall 2024 Semester 1 Booklist


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

You will also need:

  • CPR (HCP/BLS level)- $80
  • Standard First Aid Certification-$80
  • Health Immunizations (See Communicable Disease Screening documents)- cost will vary
  • Clinical attire (details to be discussed in first week) - approximately $250
  • Manual Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope- $150

*Costs are approximate and additional clinical items may be required as policies and procedures are reviewed with students in September

Complete prior to September start up:

  • CPR (HCP/BLS level) - valid for 1 year $80
  • Standard First Aid Certification - valid for 3 years $80
  • Health Immunizations (See Communicable Disease Screening documents) - cost will vary
  • Campus Health Centre Health Clearance Card - $35

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)

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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.