Dental Hygiene
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General information

Program code
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

Students prepare for the role of oral health professional specializing in health promotion, disease prevention, and therapeutic care. Course content includes dental hygiene theory and practice, oral health and biomedical sciences, and the practical skills required for clinical practice. In addition, students learn the principles of professional responsibility and communication, health promotion, advocacy and evidence-based health care. Students apply theory to practice starting in a preclinical setting, gradually building the competence to apply skills in a client-care environment. Under supervision, students are supported while providing ethical dental hygiene care onsite in the oral health clinic and in the community. Students are prepared to work with clients and communities of diverse backgrounds and ages with varying degrees of oral health in a variety of settings.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared with the knowledge and clinical experience required to become a regulated health professional in Ontario. Employment opportunities are found in a traditional dental office as a member of the oral health care team, or as an independent practitioner and proprietor of one’s own practice. Employment opportunities for the dental hygienist are also found in research, community and public health, administration and industry settings.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

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

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector 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 student's 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.

Admission details

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid prior to commencing the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the program. Applicants must have up-to-date immunization records (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during the first week of classes in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment requires good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and visual perception, the ability to sit for prolonged periods of time, and the manipulation of instruments using repetitive motion, fine motor skills, and good manual dexterity.

Applicants with back/neck/wrist or visual problems should discuss individual concerns with the program Co-coordinator.

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

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.


Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1001 - Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1013 - General and Oral Microbiology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1014 - Dental and Orofacial Anatomy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1047 - Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 1053 - Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 1
    (Semester 1 / 112 hours)
  • DENT 1054 - Oral Histology and Embryology
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • BIOL 1002 - Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1018 - Applied Oral Health Promotion
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1055 - Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 2
    (Semester 2 / 112 hours)
  • DENT 1056 - Dental Materials 1
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 1057 - Dental Radiography for the Dental Hygienist
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • DENT 1058 - Preparation for Dental Hygiene Practice
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 1021 - Medical and Pharmacological Considerations for Dental Hygiene Care
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1022 - Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2026 - Dental Materials 2
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 2027 - Diet and Nutrition for Oral Health
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • HLTH 1000 - Health Care in Canada
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2025 - Clinical Dental Hygiene - Introduction
    (Semester 3 / 98 hours)
  • DENT 2000 - Oral Pathology
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2007 - Health Promotion and Community Oral Health
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2029 - Human Pathophysiology for the Dental Hygienist
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2030 - Introduction to Research Methods for the Dental Hygienist
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • HLTH 2003 - Diverse Populations and Health Beliefs
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2028 - Clinical Dental Hygiene - Intermediate
    (Semester 4 / 140 hours)
  • DENT 2005 - Role of the Dental Hygienist in Orthodontics
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3005 - Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Practice
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3014 - Dental Hygiene Practice Management
    (Semester 5 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 3015 - Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2
    (Semester 5 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 3013 - Clinical Dental Hygiene - Advanced
    (Semester 5 / 126 hours)
  • DENT 2001 - Professional Practice and Jurisprudence
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3017 - Business Practice for the Dental Hygienist
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3018 - Community Dental Hygiene Practice
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3019 - Consolidation Case Studies
    (Semester 6 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 3020 - Health Policy and Advocacy
    (Semester 6 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 3016 - Clinical Dental Hygiene – Consolidation
    (Semester 6 / 126 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 5)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 6)