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April Conway
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Dental hygiene demonstration

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene procedure

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene procedure

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Specializing in preventive oral health, dental hygienists work collaboratively with other health professionals to provide client-centred care. Equipped with knowledge of current standards of practice, ethical principles, and a dedication to oral health, you will give your clients another reason to smile.

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Program Description

The Dental Hygiene program integrates academic studies and clinical practice to prepare you to practice with the client and the community, providing collaborative health care in a variety of settings. The dental hygiene process of care is foundational to the clinical experience, emphasizing the acquisition of critical thinking skills while fostering a client-centred approach and upholding the most current standards of practice and ethical principles.

Your acquisition of skills will progress from the demonstration of learning on a mannequin to student partners and then clients in the college’s Dental Clinic.

Dental hygiene is a self-regulated profession and graduates must successfully complete the national board exam to be registered in Ontario. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Please note: Due to recent provincial changes in entry to practice competencies and standards, the Dental Hygiene program is now a six-semester program. It is delivered over two and a half years and will run through the summer. The second year will begin the following January, allowing you to have a break between September and December. As of May 31, 2013, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has approved the request of the change in credential from a diploma to an advanced diploma for Dental Hygiene programs offered in colleges of applied arts and technology.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 60 per cent average)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology, chemistry and mathematics (C, M or U)

Please note: A selective admission test is required, for more information please review the additional applicant requirements.

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126.


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options


  • Dental hygienist
  • General dentistry practice
  • Independent dental hygiene practice
  • Institutional and hospital dental clinic
  • Public health unit
  • Specialty practice such as periodontics and orthodontics
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

Compulsory Ancillary$1,261
Program Incidental$3,400
Total Fees:$14,053

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Clinical Practice

Your learning experience will be complemented by a clinical practice component that provides students with the  opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be an effective care provider.

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  • code: DENT
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $9,392 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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