Dental Hygiene

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work with real clients in Canadore's Dental Clinic


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2023, 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.

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
CMM 125 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

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
BTN415 Scientific Literacy
DHP 241 Oral Health Care in Canada
DHP 246 Foundations of Community Practice
DHP 243 Dental Hygiene Care for Diverse Populations

Semester 5

DHP 350 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III
DHP 352 Orthodontics and other Specialties
DHP 353 Evidence Based Decision Making
CLT 100 First Peoples of Canada
PSY112 Human Development for Health Educators I

Semester 6

DHP 360/370 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation/Abroad
DHP 365 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice and Jurisprudence
DHP 361 Business for the Dental Hygienist
PSY222 Human Development for Health Educators II
GENED General Education Elective (DH Sem 6)

2022-23 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $6395.7 $1290.98 $3110 - $10796.68
2 $6395.7 $1140.98 $1610 - $9146.68
3 $6395.7 $1140.98 $610 - $8146.68

2022-23 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $23962.74 $1870.98 $3110 - $28943.72
2 $23962.74 $1720.98 $1610 - $27293.72
3 $23962.74 $1720.98 $610 - $26293.72

Clinical Placement Documentation

Canadore College has partnered with Synergy Gateway to collect and verify documentation needed for your clinical placements. Click here to find out more information.

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

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

You will also need:

  • CPR (HCP/BLS level)- $80
  • Standard First Aid Certification-$80
  • Health Immunizations (See Communicable Disease Screening documents)- cost will vary
  • Campus Health Centre Health Clearance Card- $35
  • Clinical attire (2 healthcare uniforms/scrubs with short sleeves (purchased from Campus Bookstore/program specific), full length white lab coat, soft-sole duty shoes, safety glasses/googles) - $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

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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.

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