Dental Hygiene
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Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Program Length:
  • Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

St. Clair College Dental Clinic - Click to visit the Dental Clinic Website

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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 for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test. Please click here for more information about the test.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
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.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
  • 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.
CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H800

YOUR INVESTMENT
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.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
DTL110
3
Anatomy and Physiology
DTL109
3
Orofacial Anatomy
DTL166
2
General and Oral Microbiology
DTL130
2
Dental Radiography I
DTL160
4
Preclinic Dental Hygiene Theory I
DTL120
6
Preclinical Practice I
DTL362
2
Professional Issues in DH
ENG107
3
College Writing

Semester 2
DTL235
3
Dental Radiography II
DTL227
2
Dental Materials
DTL253
2
Preventive Dentistry
DTL257
1
Oral Histology and Embryology
DTL260
3
Clinical Theory I
DTL207
6
Clinical Practice I
DTL209
2
Intro to Health Promotion
DTL223
1
Intro to Collaborative Care
DTL215
2

Intro to Professional Communications and Information Management


Semester 3
DTL353
3
Human Pathophysiology
DTL359
3

Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation
DTL370
9
Clinical Practice II
DTL363
2
Periodontics for Dental Hygiene I
DTL372
2
Health Care in Canada
DTL430
2
Advanced Dental Materials
DTL368
3
Nutrition for the Dental Hygienist
DTL311
1
Ethics and Professionalism

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 4
DTL470
9
Clinical Practice III
DTL459
4

Health Promotion and Community Oral Health
DTL425
2

Dental Hygiene Care in Diverse
Populations
DTL467
1

Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations
DTL468
2
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
DTL469
2
Periodontics for Dental Hygiene II
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
DTL371
2
Biostatistics and Intro to Research

Semester 5
DTL515
2

Business Principles for Health Care Professionals
DTL507
2
Evidence Informed Practice
DTL508
8
Clinical Practice IV
DTL509
2
Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
DTL511
1
Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist
DTL568
1
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist II

Semester 6
DTL616
2
Interprofessional Practice
DTL617
2

Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist
DTL619
1
Professional Practice and Jurisprudence
DTL631
7
Clinical Practice V
DTL506
2
Advocacy and Health Policy
DTL640
2
Community Placement
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective