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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Ontario College Advanced Diploma

What is Dental Hygiene?

The Dental Hygiene program will prepare the student to assume a position as a dental hygienist capable of providing preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services utilizing the Dental Hygiene Process. In all roles and practice settings, the dental hygienist works with the client and community using a problem-solving framework; basing all decisions, judgments and interventions on current dental hygiene research and theory. The program will prepare the graduate for the legal and ethical responsibilities of a dental hygienist and with a basic understanding of business practices related to self-employment.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
DNTH
Length:
3 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
6 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Contact:
Amy Wilson
Email:
Amy.Wilson@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1173

The Dental Hygiene program will prepare the student to assume a position as a dental hygienist capable of providing preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services utilizing the Dental Hygiene Process. In all roles and practice settings, the dental hygienist works with the client and community using a problem-solving framework; basing all decisions, judgments and interventions on current dental hygiene research and theory. The program will prepare the graduate for the legal and ethical responsibilities of a dental hygienist and with a basic understanding of business practices related to self-employment.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • practise in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.

    evaluate clients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify needs, justify treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.

    design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going oral health care services to meet the unique needs of clients.

    analyze oral health issues in need of advocacy, identify networks and promote actions that will support change and facilitate access to care.

    identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.

    establish and maintain professional and interprofessional relationships which contribute to client care safety and positive health care outcomes.

    facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in clients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.

    develop and present a model for a DH practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice


  • recognize and stress the importance of utilizing environmentally friendly products and supplies within the work environment.
Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Winter | Summer | Fall

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

The above program learning outcomes have been established for all community college dental hygiene programs and meet the current requirements of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and the National Dental Hygiene Competency Examination. These outcomes exceed the current Provincial Program Standards.

The graduate of this program is entitled to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination. Upon successful completion of this examination and the Georgian College Dental Hygiene Program, the graduate will be eligible for registration to practice in the province of Ontario as specified in the regulations of the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Dental Hygiene Act. Registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario is a legal requirement to practice and is subject to the regulations and restrictions established by this governing body.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 12 Chemistry College or Grade 11 or 12 University Chemistry (SCH4C, SCH4U, SCH3U); plus any Grade 11 or 12 College or University Biology (SB13C, SB13U or SB14U). Computer skills and knowledge of basic math calculations are highly recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit biology and chemistry courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English, biology and chemistry taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and biology and chemistry

- Mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology and chemistry

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most biology and chemistry credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

- If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended grade for required subjects is 75%.

31 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

5 General Education Courses

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each pre-requisite subject is recommended.

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BIOL1001 Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
BIOL1002 Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
BIOL2008 Human Pathophysiology
BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
DENT1013 General and Oral Microbiology
DENT1014 Dental and Orofacial Anatomy
DENT1016 Dental Hygiene Process of Care
DENT1017 Dental Hygiene Practice Administration
DENT1018 Applied Oral Health Promotion
DENT1019 Oral Histology and Embryology
DENT1021 Medical and Pharmacological Considerations for Dental Hygiene Care
DENT1022 Periodontics for the Dental Hygenist
DENT1044 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene
DENT1046 Dental Radiography for the Dental Hygienist
DENT1047 Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession
DENT2000 Oral Pathology
DENT2001 Professional Practice and Jurisprudence
DENT2005 Role of the Dental Hygienist in Orthodontics
DENT2007 Community and Public Health
DENT2008 Applied Clinical Theory
DENT2018 Dental Hygiene Clinical - Intermediate
DENT2019 Introduction to Clinical Dental Hygiene
DENT3005 Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Practice
DENT3006 Dental Hygiene Clinical - Advanced
DENT3008 Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation
HLTH1000 Health Care in Canada
HLTH1003 Preparation for Clinical Practice
HLTH2003 Diverse Populations and Health Beliefs
HLTH3000 Interprofessional Practice
HLTH3001 Health Policy and Advocacy
STAT2005 Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current Standard First Aid and C.P.R. Level “HCP” certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses in Semester 1. Annual CPR re-certification is mandatory.

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and visual perception; ability to sit for prolonged periods of time and manipulate small instruments with repetitive motion. Applicants with back/neck/wrist or visual problems should discuss individual concerns with the program Co-ordinator.

Applicants must also be comfortable speaking in front of individuals and groups.

Certain clinical placements will require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening"/ and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base - refer to Criminal Reference Check below). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied.

Registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is mandatory to practice as a dental hygienist in Ontario. Note: A history of criminal offences or charges of professional misconduct in another jurisdiction or another profession may interfere with your ability to become registered in Ontario. Should either situation apply, you are recommended to seek clarification with the CDHO before applying to the dental hygiene program at Georgian College.

** CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

View the Dental Hygiene articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Four dental hygiene students stand at an information booth with sports equipment, promoting the use of mouth guards.

Students prevent dental trauma by promoting custom mouth guards

Second-year Dental Hygiene students recently offered their annual free athletic mouth guard clinic. Their goal? To prevent dental trauma by promoting the use of custom-made athletic mouth guards. After working in the community to raise awareness, the students applied their technical skills within the clinic. Read more...

Alumna Vanessa Lloyd smiles on the way to the stage, in her graduation gown

Vanessa Lloyd

Dental Hygienist

Program:

Dental Hygiene

Year:

2014


The day of her convocation, she received an email confirming her registration to her profession. Ten minutes later, a dental office in her hometown of Shelburne called her to book an interview about a job opening. And just one hour later, she crossed the stage to accept her diploma. Read more...

Four dental hygiene students stand at an information booth with sports equipment, promoting the use of mouth guards.

Students prevent dental trauma by promoting custom mouth guards

Second-year Dental Hygiene students recently offered their annual free athletic mouth guard clinic. Their goal? To prevent dental trauma by promoting the use of custom-made athletic mouth guards. After working in the community to raise awareness, the students applied their technical skills within the clinic. Read more...

Dental hygiene students hold up a homemade good food/bad food chart

Georgian College Dental Hygiene students give dental health lesson

On Feb. 13, 2013 a group of Dental Hygiene students visited Ferris Lane Daycare in Barrie as part of their Diverse Populations and Health Beliefs course. One of the outcomes of this course is to understand the needs of children as clients. Read more...

Group shot of students in their purple t-shirts at the Barrie Campus

News worth smiling about: Students raise $1,600

Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students celebrated National Dental Hygienist Week and Oral Health Month by participating in the first annual Walk for Smiles on April 7 at the Barrie Campus. The students were challenged to take part by dental students at Cambrian College. Read more...

Clinic offering free custom-made sports mouthguards

To promote safety at the competitive and recreational levels, students in Georgian’s Dental Hygiene program at the Barrie Campus are offering free custom-made sports mouthguards to anyone 12 years of age and older. Read more...

A group of students pose outside the Administrative building at the Barrie Campus.

Dental students raise money for oral health care in Walk for Smiles

Georgian College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students, faculty and staff laced up this week for the Walk for Smiles walkathon. The second annual event is a celebration of Oral Health Month. Read more...

Alumna Vanessa Lloyd smiles on the way to the stage, in her graduation gown

Vanessa Lloyd

Dental Hygienist

Program:

Dental Hygiene

Year:

2014


The day of her convocation, she received an email confirming her registration to her profession. Ten minutes later, a dental office in her hometown of Shelburne called her to book an interview about a job opening. And just one hour later, she crossed the stage to accept her diploma. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Amy Wilson
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1173

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