Restorative Dental Hygiene (Postgraduate) Program (S400)

Restorative Dental Hygiene
School of Dental Health
Waterfront Campus
2 semesters (27 weeks compressed), September to April
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Restorative Dental Hygiene is a two-semester Graduate Certificate program designed for experienced registered dental hygienists. Students will learn how to perform restorative procedures and preventive measures.

Full Program Description


Restorative Dental Hygiene is a two-semester program designed for experienced dental hygienists. Students will learn how to perform restorative procedures.

To qualify for this program, you must be an active registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice dental hygiene and have at least one year of experience as a dental hygienist.

In compliance with the standards of practice approved by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, students will learn to:

  • apply bonding systems and required liners
  • place and finish composite and amalgam restorations
  • take final impressions
  • fabricate and cement provisional restorations
  • cement and bond indirect restorations

Learning takes place in co-ordination with Dental Technology, Denturism and Dental Assisting students.

Students practice various procedures on a manikin, after which they provide services in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic, performing restorative and cosmetic procedures on clients.

Restorative Dental Hygiene student practices on a mannequin

Field Education 

Field experience

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

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT1087 Science of Dental Materials
HSTL4001 Advanced Dental Histology and Embryology
DENT1086 Pre-Clinical Techniques I
DENT1085 Occlusion and Bioesthetics


semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT1088 Pre-Clinical Techniques II
DENT1089 Clinical Techniques – Theory
DENT1090 Clinical Techniques – Practical
DENT1091 Field Placement

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are employed as restorative dental hygienists in:

  • private practice
  • public health services
  • hospitals
  • the dental industry

Tuition and Fees


$18,650.00 * †

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of the program 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 including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a refundable rental fee charged to the student for equipment on loan during the academic year.

Please note: This program does not accept International students. Applicants must be registered as a Dental Hygienist in the Province of Ontario.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Active Registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).
  • Minimum one year of dental hygiene clinical experience (verification of current employment required) and resume.
  • Interview for qualified applicants only.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements  


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

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

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Student Success

Success Stories  

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“I’ve been in dental for 22 years and going back to school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Restorative Dental Hygiene program at George Brown College has been an amazing experience, with curriculum that incorporates all the skills needed to be successful in any dental practice. The instructors have been some of the best I’ve ever had. In the clinic they were both helpful and insightful in their constructive pointers on how to succeed by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice when working on live patients. I feel privileged that I was able to partake in this course.”

Melanie Bianco (Graduate 2016, Restorative Dental Hygiene)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact the Program Co-ordinator, Melissa Crawford,at 416-415-5000, ext. 4555 or by email at

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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