Honours Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) Program (S305)

Program Description

Leadership Claims

George Brown College is proud to be the first Ontario college to offer a dental hygiene degree completion program designed specifically for graduates of a community college Dental Hygiene three-year Advanced Diploma or two-year Diploma program.

Program Overview

This program is eligible for a $1000 entrance scholarship.

George Brown College's Honours Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) (S305) is the first fully online one-year degree completion program in dental hygiene offered by an Ontario college. Apply to this program if you are a dental hygienist interested in expanding your career and educational pathway opportunities. To qualify, applicants must be a graduate of an Ontario Dental Hygiene Advanced Diploma (three-year) or an Ontario Dental Hygiene Diploma (two-year) program from an accredited publicly funded program, e.g., George Brown or other community colleges, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

PLEASE NOTE: To begin your studies in May 2024, please apply to the 2023-2024 academic year. Now accepting applications for May 2024.

Full Description

George Brown College’s Honours Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) is the first Ontario college degree completion program designed specifically for graduates of a community college dental hygiene program. 

Apply to this program if you are a graduate of an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (three-year) or an Ontario College Diploma (two-year) program in Dental Hygiene from an accredited publicly funded program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are interested in broadening your career opportunities beyond traditional clinical practice.

While the primary focus of a Dental Hygiene three-year Advanced Diploma and two-year Diploma program is on clinical practice, this fully online degree completion program will help you develop advanced competencies in oral health advocacy, health promotion and critical decision-making. 

About the Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) program

  • one-year (three-semester) program
  • starts in May
  • course curriculum delivered fully online with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) learning

Main areas of in-depth study:

  • complex oral health-care needs
  • health promotion
  • oral health-related policy and advocacy
  • research
  • evidence-based decision-making
  • disease processes
  • emerging trends in oral health care

Having developed your skills in these subject areas, you will be prepared to work effectively within a collaborative health-care team that includes working with individual clients, other health-care providers and the broader community on complex health-care issues. 

Capstone project 

This program has been designed to help you build your confidence as your knowledge of complex oral health-care needs develops. You will develop foundational learning in the first semester to support more complex decision-making and critical thinking required in the second and third semesters. The third semester will include a self-directed capstone project where you will select and study an area of personal interest.

Areas of interest may include:

  • community health programming
  • educational course/program development
  • assessing oral health needs

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not designed to advance clinical skills and has no clinical component. For students interested in expanding their clinical scope of practice, please visit our Restorative Dental Hygiene postgraduate program page for details. 


Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Career pathways may include positions in:

  • oral public health care
  • policy development
  • health-care advocacy
  • education 
  • sales industry


The oral health industry in Canada is expanding to improve access to care. Dental hygienists have been identified as playing a critical role in this process. Graduates of this program will be positioned to take on new roles in oral health care as they emerge.

Educational Pathways

As a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) program, you can consider pursuing a master's degree in the following areas of study: 

  • health sciences
  • applied health sciences
  • applied health services research
  • public health
  • health promotion
  • health professions education
  • community health
  • transitional research in health sciences
  • rehabilitation services and humanities

PLEASE NOTE: While you will be eligible to apply to various master's programs, you will be responsible for meeting the specified admission requirements for each program. Admission cannot be guaranteed. 

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From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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