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General information

Program code
DNTH
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 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.

Career opportunities

As a dental hygienist, the graduate may work independently, interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings, including private dental practices, community clinics, public health programs, institutions and long term care facilities. The graduate may choose to work as an employee or be self employed.

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)

Selection Process

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

Admission details

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.

Courses

Mandatory 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 1044 - Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (Semester 1 / 98 hours)
  • DENT 1047 - Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • BIOL 1002 - Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1016 - Dental Hygiene Process of Care (Semester 2 / 126 hours)
  • DENT 1018 - Applied Oral Health Promotion (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1019 - Oral Histology and Embryology (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1046 - Dental Radiography for the Dental Hygienist (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • HLTH 1003 - Preparation for Clinical Practice (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1021 - Medical and Pharmacological Considerations for Dental Hygiene Care (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1022 - Periodontics for the Dental Hygenist (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2008 - Applied Clinical Theory (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2019 - Introduction to Clinical Dental Hygiene (Semester 3 / 112 hours)
  • HLTH 1000 - Health Care in Canada (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 2008 - Human Pathophysiology (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2000 - Oral Pathology (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2018 - Dental Hygiene Clinical - Intermediate (Semester 4 / 126 hours)
  • HLTH 2003 - Diverse Populations and Health Beliefs (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • STAT 2005 - Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • BUSI 3007 - Business Principles for the Regulated Professional (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2005 - Role of the Dental Hygienist in Orthodontics (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2007 - Health Promotion and Community Dental Health (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3005 - Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Practice (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3006 - Dental Hygiene Clinical - Advanced (Semester 5 / 126 hours)
  • DENT 1017 - Dental Hygiene Practice Administration (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2001 - Professional Practice and Jurisprudence (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3008 - Dental Hygiene Clinical Consolidation (Semester 6 / 112 hours)
  • HLTH 3000 - Interprofessional Practice (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • HLTH 3001 - Health Policy and Advocacy (Semester 6 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

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

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 4)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 6)