OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:
- Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
- Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
Mature students - See Admission Procedures
IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures
The Dental Hygiene program has been updated to meet the new clinical-to-practice standards of the profession. Note that this is now a three (3) year program.
For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page
Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test. Please click here for more information
about the test.
A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.
For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.
The practice of dental hygiene is “the assessment of teeth and adjacent tissues and treatment by preventive and therapeutic means, and the provision of restorative and orthodontic procedures and services” (DHA, 1991). As accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada students will be prepared to provide oral health care in a variety of environments. Graduates will work within the scope of dental hygiene practice and in accordance with the regulations of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.
This program targets students who have good interpersonal and communication skills. Manual dexterity is important. Students should also have good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and be willing to travel to community sites.
- On campus Dental Clinic offering practical experience.
- Off-site placements at various community sites and oral health promotion activities.
- Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
- Graduates are self-regulated health care professionals who support the roles of a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) such as health promotion, education, clinical therapy, advocacy, research and administration.
- An RDH is a vital member of the oral healthcare team working with other healthcare professionals to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
- Focus on applying the dental hygiene process of care while developing inter-professionalism, client-centred care and interpersonal communication skills.
- Graduates are eligible as a candidate for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. Successful completion is a requirement for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice in the province.
Although dental hygienists are most often employed by a dentist in private practice, a growing number of dental hygienists are self-employed or choose careers in public health education, hospitals, research, or dental product development and promotion.
- Medical Requirements Form
- A satisfactory medical exam.
- An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. Applicants are responsible for the associated costs.
- First Aid
- Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
- Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
- MUST be obtained by the student.
- Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of Year 3 of the program
- Clinical placements include day and evening sessions.
- Student is responsible for parking fees.
- Program Physical Demands Analysis: H800
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:
2016-2017 Tuition Fees
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.
Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.
Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.
Anatomy and Physiology
General and Oral Microbiology
Dental Radiography I
Preclinic Dental Hygiene Theory I
Preclinical Practice I
Professional Issues in DH
Dental Radiography II
Oral Histology and Embryology
Clinical Theory I
Clinical Practice I
Intro to Health Promotion
Intro to Collaborative Care
Intro to Professional Communications and Information Management
Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation
Clinical Practice II
Periodontics for Dental Hygiene I
Health Care in Canada
Advanced Dental Materials
Nutrition for the Dental Hygienist
Ethics and Professionalism
Clinical Practice III
Health Promotion and Community Oral Health
Dental Hygiene Care in Diverse
Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
Periodontics for Dental Hygiene II
General Education Elective
Biostatistics and Intro to Research
Business Principles for Health Care Professionals
Evidence Informed Practice
Clinical Practice IV
Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
General Education Elective
Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist II
Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist
Professional Practice and Jurisprudence
Clinical Practice V
Advocacy and Health Policy
General Education Elective