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.