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General information

Program code
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie

Program description

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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

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)

Admission details

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%.

Selection process

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


View the Dental Hygiene (6 semesters) articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • BIOL1001 Anatomy and Physiology Introduction
  • BIOL1002 Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced
  • BIOL2008 Human Pathophysiology
  • BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
  • DENT1013 General and Oral Microbiology
  • DENT1014 Dental and Orofacial Anatomy
  • DENT1016 Dental Hygiene Process
  • DENT1017 Dental Hygiene Practice Administration
  • DENT1018 Applied Oral Health Promotion
  • DENT1019 Oral Histology and Embryology
  • DENT1021 Medical and Pharmacological Considerations for the Dental Hygienist
  • DENT1022 Periodontics for the Dental Hygenist
  • DENT1044 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • DENT1047 Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession
  • DENT1046 Dental Radiography for the Dental Hygienist
  • 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 for the Dental Hygienist
  • DENT2019 Introduction to Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • DENT2018 Dental Hygiene Clinical - Intermediate
  • 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