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 and registration requirements as determined by the College of Registered Hygienists of 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.
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