Dental Hygiene Program (S124)

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PROGRAM
Dental Hygiene
CODE
S124
SCHOOL
School of Dental Health
LOCATION
Waterfront Campus
DURATION
6 semesters
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
2018-2019
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
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 the students to function effectively within a collaborative relationship including the client, the community and other health-care providers.

Full Program Description

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.

Dental Hygiene student cleans the teeth of a client at the WAVE Dental Clinic..

Part Time Study Options  

Please note this program does not have a part time study option.

Dental Hygienists who are registered in the province of Ontario and wish to take further part-time studies may visit the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca.

Field Education 

All students will have the opportunity to be involved in various external practical field education experiences.

Your Field Education Options 

This program offers a field experience component that provides students with the opportunity to participate in various health-care settings in the community. These include:

  • Toronto Public Health
  • teaching hospitals
  • community health centres

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ANAT1058 Head/Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
BIOL1024 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL1034 Microbiology and Infection Control
DENT1060 Dental Hygiene Principles I
DENT1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT1126 Dental Radiography I for the Dental Hygienist
DENT1124 Introduction to the Profession of Dental Hygiene
GNED General Education Elective
COMM1003 English Skills
  or
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT1061 Dental Hygiene Principles II
DENT1062 Clinic I: Pre-Clinic (full year course)
DENT1127 Dental Radiography II for the Dental Hygienist
DENT1066 Dental Materials I
DENT1093 Dental Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
DENT1129 Oral Histology and Embryology
BIOL1044 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
GSSC 1053 Collaborative Health Care in Canada
COMM1007 College English (if required)

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT1119 Dental Materials – Specialties
DENT1069 Introduction to Periodontics
DENT1141 Introduction to Client Care
PHAR 1010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
HLTH1016 Introduction to Community Health
NUTR1020 Nutritional Counselling for the Dental Hygienist

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT2031 Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist
DENT2021 Advanced Periodontics
DENT2017 Dental Hygiene Principles III
DENT2018 Clinic III: Client Care
DENT2060 Introduction to Research Methods, Statistics and Evidence Based Decision Making
HLTH2040 Health Promotion
PHAR2010 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
GSSC 1057 Life Span Development

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT2029 Community Field Practicum
DENT2019 Clinic IV: Advanced Client Care
DENT2045 Ethics and Jurisprudence
DENT2022 Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
DENT2046 Dental Hygiene Practice Management
DENT3030 Comprehensive Case Studies in Dental Hygiene
DENT 2049 Health Policy
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT2047 Consolidation Clinic
DENT2050 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.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Electives 

* Additional electives need to be taken throughout the program.

Careers and Post-Graduate 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

Tuition 

$23,698.00 * †

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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 some equipment on loan to the student.

This program does not accept International students.

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.

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.

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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.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar 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 admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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