Dental Hygiene Program (S134)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Dental Hygiene
  • Code: S134
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $19,643.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    All students will have the opportunity to be involved in various external practical field education experiences.

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Training dental hygienists for over 40 years.

Program Overview

This program is being offered again in Fall 2021. Applications will open for domestic students through Ontario Colleges in early October, 2020, and for international students on December 14, 2020.

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to practice as primary oral health-care providers. This three-year program focuses on developing interpersonal communication skills and professionalism while applying the dental hygiene process of care. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to function effectively within a collaborative relationship including the client, the community and other health-care providers.

Full Description

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to practice as primary oral health-care providers.

This three-year program focuses on applying the dental hygiene process of care while developing interprofessionalism, client-centred care and interpersonal communication skills. Students have the opportunity to gain confidence in their learned skills while working with clients in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic.

Emphasis is placed on preparing students to function effectively within a collaborative dental team that includes:

  • the client
  • the community
  • other health-care providers

Students and clients collaboratively evaluate care provided by delineating short-term and long-term goals and employing strategies for continued care.

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion is one of the requirements for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) to practice in the province. Visti the CDHO website (A Guide to the Process of Being Registered as a Dental Hygienist in Ontario).

Your Field Education Options

Field experience plays an important role in this six semester program.

In Semesters 1 and 2, students will practice newly learned dental hygiene skills first on manikins, and then on each other. In Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6, students will build on the dental hygiene process of care and will progress to treating real clients both at our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic, and offsite with various community partners such as public health organizations, teaching hospitals and community health centres.

Our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic boasts an impressive 75 dental chairs plus an additional 14 chairs complete with x-ray facilities, and provides a safe and controlled environment where students can practice their skills under the supervision of registered dental hygienists. Throughout their field experiences, students will learn to provide care across the lifespan treating clients that range from simple to complex oral health care needs.

The progression of practice is designed to help learners gain confidence in their knowledge of the various processes, instruments and techniques required to be a successful dental hygienist.

PLEASE NOTE: Travel to offsite placement sites may be required. Clinical hours include early mornings that can extend into the evening.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.
  2. Evaluate clients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify needs, justify treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going oral health care services to meet the unique needs of clients.
  4. Analyze oral health issues in need of advocacy, identify networks and promote actions that will support change and facilitate access to care.
  5. Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.
  6. Establish and maintain professional and inter-professional relationships which contribute to client care safety and positive health care outcomes.
  7. Facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in clients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.
  8. Develop and present a model for a DH practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice.

Courses

Required Courses

Courses are under review and subject to change. 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ANAT 1058 Head/Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
BIOL 1024 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1034 Microbiology and Infection Control
DENT 1060 Dental Hygiene Principles I
DENT 1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT 1126 Dental Radiography I for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 1124 Introduction to the Profession of Dental Hygiene
GNED General Education Elective
COMM 1003 English Skills
or
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 1061 Dental Hygiene Principles II
DENT 1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT 1127 Dental Radiography II for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 1066 Dental Materials I
DENT 1093 Dental Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
DENT 1129 Oral Histology and Embryology
BIOL 1044 Anatomy and Physiology II
GSSC 1053 Collaborative Health Care in Canada
COMM 1007 College English (if required)

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 1119 Dental Materials – Specialties
DENT 1069 Introduction to Periodontics
DENT 1141 Introduction to Client Care
PHAR 1010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
HLTH 1016 Introduction to Community Health
NUTR 1020 Nutritional Counselling for the Dental Hygienist

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2031 Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 2021 Advanced Periodontics
DENT 2017 Dental Hygiene Principles III
DENT 2018 Clinic III: Client Care
DENT 2060 Introduction to Research Methods
HLTH 2040 Health Promotion
PHAR 2010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
GSSC 1057 Life Span Development

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2029 Community Field Practicum
DENT 2019 Clinic IV: Advanced Client Care
DENT 2045 Ethics and Jurisprudence
DENT 2022 Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 2046 Dental Hygiene Practice Management
DENT 3030 Comprehensive Case Studies in Dental Hygiene
DENT 2049 Health Policy
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2047 Consolidation Clinic
DENT 2050 Workplace Readiness

Please note that Dental Hygiene is a full-time program. Classes may be scheduled Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

General Education Electives

Electives

* Additional electives need to be taken throughout the program.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion is one of the requirements for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice in the province. See cdho.org (A Guide to the Process of Being Registered as a Dental Hygienist in Ontario) for further information.

Dental hygienists are members of a self-regulated health profession.

Dental hygiene practice settings include:

  • clinical practice
  • community health services
  • hospitals
  • teaching institutions
  • collective living centres
  • research
  • the dental industry

Future Study Options

Graduates who are an active registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and have current clinical dental hygiene experience for at least one full year are eligible to apply to George Brown's Restorative Dental Hygiene program (S400). Students in this postgraduate program learn to perform restorative procedures to the restorative dental hygienist’s full scope of practice.

For information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$19,643.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

There will be additional costs to the program in each year of study, including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a rental fee charged to the student for equipment on loan.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - A grade of 70 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U) - A grade of 70 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Chemistry or Physics (U) or Grade 12 Chemistry or Physics (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.

Please note: Mature applicants are eligible to test for English only.

Please note: Subject to competition, applicants may be required to have grades above the minimum stated.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English, Math or Science.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR S134

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR S134

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our onsite clinic and our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months.

This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Gayle Baylon, 2011 Graduate

Contact Us

Contact Qian Yang for program information at qyang@georgebrown.ca.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Dental Hygiene Program (S124)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Dental Hygiene
  • Code: S124
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    6 semesters
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $26,231.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    All students will have the opportunity to be involved in various external practical field education experiences.

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing dental hygienists for practice for over 40 years

Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to practice as primary oral health-care providers. The program focuses on developing interpersonal communication skills and professionalism while applying the dental hygiene process of care. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to function effectively within a collaborative relationship including the client, the community and other health-care providers.

Full Description

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to practice as primary oral health-care providers.

The program focuses on applying the dental hygiene process of care while developing interprofessionalism, client-centred care and interpersonal communication skills. Students have the opportunity to gain confidence in their learned skills while working with clients in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic.

Emphasis is placed on preparing students to function effectively within a collaborative dental team that includes:

  • the client
  • the community
  • other health-care providers

Students and clients collaboratively evaluate care provided by delineating short-term and long-term goals and employing strategies for continued care.

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion is one of the requirements for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice in the province. See cdho.org (A Guide to the Process of Being Registered as a Dental Hygienist in Ontario) for further information.

Your Field Education Options

Field experience plays an important role in this six semester program.

In Semesters 1 and 2, students will practice newly learned dental hygiene skills first on manikins, and then on each other. In Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6, students will build on the dental hygiene process of care and will progress to treating real clients both at our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic, and offsite with various community partners such as public health organizations, teaching hospitals and community health centres.

Our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic boasts an impressive 75 dental chairs plus an additional 14 chairs complete with x-ray facilities. This Clinic provides a safe and controlled environment where students can practice their skills under the supervision of registered dental hygienists. Throughout their experiences, students will learn to provide care across the lifespan treating clients that range from simple to complex oral health care needs.

The progression of practice is designed to help learners gain confidence in their knowledge of the various processes, instruments and techniques required to be a successful dental hygienist.

PLEASE NOTE: Travel to offsite placement sites may be required. Clinical hours include early mornings that can extend into the evening.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.
  2. Evaluate clients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify needs, justify treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going oral health care services to meet the unique needs of clients.
  4. Analyze oral health issues in need of advocacy, identify networks and promote actions that will support change and facilitate access to care.
  5. Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.
  6. Establish and maintain professional and inter-professional relationships which contribute to client care safety and positive health care outcomes.
  7. Facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in clients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.
  8. Develop and present a model for a DH practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ANAT 1058 Head/Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
BIOL 1024 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1034 Microbiology and Infection Control
DENT 1060 Dental Hygiene Principles I
DENT 1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT 1126 Dental Radiography I for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 1124 Introduction to the Profession of Dental Hygiene
GNED General Education Elective
COMM 1003 English Skills
  or
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 1061 Dental Hygiene Principles II
DENT 1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT 1127 Dental Radiography II for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 1066 Dental Materials I
DENT 1093 Dental Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
DENT 1129 Oral Histology and Embryology
BIOL 1044 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
GSSC 1053 Collaborative Health Care in Canada
COMM 1007 College English (if required)

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 1119 Dental Materials – Specialties
DENT 1069 Introduction to Periodontics
DENT 1141 Introduction to Client Care
PHAR 1010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
HLTH 1016 Introduction to Community Health
NUTR 1020 Nutritional Counselling for the Dental Hygienist

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2031 Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 2021 Advanced Periodontics
DENT 2017 Dental Hygiene Principles III
DENT 2018 Clinic III: Client Care
DENT 2060 Introduction to Research Methods
HLTH 2040 Health Promotion
PHAR 2010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
GSSC 1057 Life Span Development

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2029 Community Field Practicum
DENT 2019 Clinic IV: Advanced Client Care
DENT 2045 Ethics and Jurisprudence
DENT 2022 Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
DENT 2046 Dental Hygiene Practice Management
DENT 3030 Comprehensive Case Studies in Dental Hygiene
DENT 2049 Health Policy
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2047 Consolidation Clinic
DENT 2050 Workplace Readiness

Please note that Dental Hygiene is a full-time program. Classes may be scheduled Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

General Education Electives

Electives

* Additional electives need to be taken throughout the program.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion is one of the requirements for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice in the province. See cdho.org (A Guide to the Process of Being Registered as a Dental Hygienist in Ontario) for further information.

Dental hygienists are members of a self-regulated health profession.

Dental hygiene practice settings include:

  • clinical practice
  • community health services
  • hospitals
  • teaching institutions
  • collective living centres
  • research
  • the dental industry

Future Study Options

Graduates who are an active registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and have current clinical dental hygiene experience for at least one full year are eligible to apply to George Brown's Restorative Dental Hygiene program (S400). Students in this postgraduate program learn to perform restorative procedures to the restorative dental hygienist’s full scope of practice.

For information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$26,231.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

There will be additional costs to the program in each year of study, including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a refundable rental fee charged to the student for equipment on loan. 

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - A grade of 70 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U) - A grade of 70 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Chemistry or Physics (U) or Grade 12 Chemistry or Physics (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.

Please note: Mature applicants are eligible to test for English only.

Please note: Subject to competition, applicants may be required to have grades above the minimum stated.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English, Math or Science.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR S124

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR S124

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our onsite clinic and our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months.

This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

Contact Qian Yang for program information at qyang@georgebrown.ca.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.